Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 18 out of 32
  1. 30
    There's not much more to this poorly scripted thriller than exactly one well-done shock moment and Michael Keaton's eyebrows, but, to be fair, Keaton's brows have carried three Tim Burton films nearly on their own, so don't let this dissuade you from seeing the film.
  2. 25
    Dramatically, it's a ghoul's parade of grieving folk finding solace and then danger through a tenuous connection to the after-life.
  3. 12
    A moronic exercise in supernatural claptrap.
  4. It's yet another warm, fuzzy, New-Age tale that cozies us into believing the grave doesn't mean oblivion.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Muddled and boring.
  6. In White Noise, Hollywood and Michael Keaton try to make a decent thriller out of ghosts in the machine but come up with lousy reception and static.
  7. Beneath its regrettably banal surface, White Noise raises the creepy question of whether intimidating, even malign forces may be lurking in those fancy gadgets that fill our living rooms and offices.
  8. There's nothing at all scary about White Noise, which goes bump in the night so often it's easy to mistake it for clumsy.
  9. What might have been a rote horror exercise becomes instead a twitchy, mannered, often amusing rote horror exercise.
  10. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Isn’t very effective as a thriller.
  11. 20
    No, this isn't an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s great 1985 novel, but a muddled talking-ghosts movie.
  12. The movie straitjackets Keaton into a humorless, table-pounding role.
  13. 25
    It is a grim and monotonous affair despite the overkill of bad guys -- a trio of evil spirits plus a bonus serial killer -- mixed with a few cheap shocks futilely intended to make the audience jump.
  14. The unhappy dead populate Geoffrey Sax's third-rate thriller White Noise like a pre-Christmas crowd at a suburban mall. This is a shame, since they are neither scary nor sad, and less likely to haunt an audience than simply bore them to death.
  15. 25
    Poor Keaton, a capable actor who was absent from the screen for several years, is hamstrung by the material even more than in last year's dismal "First Daughter."
  16. Has a low-key tone that works in its favor for a time.
  17. Boring and fundamentally silly.
  18. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    A clumsy, dreadfully preposterous and pedestrian thriller that seems to believe loud noises are the same as good frights.
  19. 25
    White Noise has nothing. You'll have a better time staying home, tuning your TV to a station that doesn't carry a local signal, and staring.
  20. 50
    Does feature one or two jump-out-of-your-skin moments.
  21. A rather boring horror film.
  22. A not-bad ghost story that marks a comeback of sorts for its star, Michael Keaton, who hasn't top-billed a movie for almost a decade.
  23. 40
    It's a testament to Michael Keaton's fine lead performance that White Noise doesn't come off as laughably preposterous.
  24. But Keaton is a mistake. He's an actor with an innate sense of irony firmly grounded in the here and now. Even as Batman, skepticism was his forte; true belief falls way outside his range.
  25. Geoffrey Sax, a British television director making his theatrical debut, lavishes enough craft on the paranormal thriller to send more than a few chills down the spine.
  26. A film worthy neither of Mr. Keaton's talents nor even a desperate horror fan's attention.
  27. 40
    Increasingly preposterous, thoroughly credibility-straining escapades.
  28. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    White Noise is the celluloid equivalent of a bad cell phone connection.
  29. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    An unsatisfying supernatural thriller with an effectively unsettling build-up and a frustratingly muddled pay-off.
  30. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    White Noise vigorously pushes the supernatural line throughout, but unfortunately its final movement is so incoherent that the whole thing collapses.
  31. Hampered by Niall Johnson's script, which is often confusing, muddy and ultimately cliche-ridden.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 20 out of 34
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    A concept that is interesting but a movie that was made horribly and didn't make sense at all. Half the time your watching Michael Keaton watch a screen with a look on his face that he well knows he is in a garbage of a film. Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2012
    The most boring uneventful "horror" movie that I ever laid eyes on. Such a pathetic movie with absolutely nothing to offer except misery. Who could possibly sit through this. Dreadful with a clueless dull story. Full Review »
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    This movie had a great concept and touched on topics rarely explored. Although I do not believe in the paranormal this movie was epic and contained everything necessary for it to be suspenseful. Apparently it was a direct to dvd release which only adds to its cult status. Full Review »