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White Noise (2005)



Critic Consensus: While there are some built-in scares, the movie is muddled and unsatisfying.

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Successful architect Jonathan Rivers' peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife, Anna. Jonathan is eventually contacted by a man, who claims to be receiving messages from Anna through EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon). At first skeptical, Jonathan then becomes convinced of the messages' validity, and is soon obsessed with trying to contact her on his own. His further explorations into EVP and the accompanying supernatural messages unwittingly open a door to another world, allowing something uninvited into his life.

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Michael Keaton
as Jonathan Rivers
Chandra West
as Anna Rivers
Ian McNeice
as Raymond Price
Nicholas Elia
as Mike Rivers
Mike Dopud
as Detective Smits
Marsha Regis
as Police Woman
Brad Sihvon
as Minister
Amber Rothwell
as Susie Tomlinson
Suzanne Ristic
as Mary Freeman
L. Harvey Gold
as Business Man
Keegan Connor Tracy
as Mirabelle Keegan
Miranda Frigon
as Car Crash Woman
Aaron Douglas
as Young Father
Benita Ha
as TV Reporter
Micki Maunsell
as Edith Tomlinson
Ross Birchall
as Young Boy
Bill Tarling
as Presence #1
Chuck Walkinshaw
as Presence #2
Colin Chapin
as Presence #3
April Telek
as John's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for White Noise

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (38)

Though I'm well disposed toward elliptical spook stories that depend on the audience's imagination for their jolts and effects, it takes art as well as craft to put them across, and Geoffrey Sax's direction of a Niall Johnson script has neither.

February 28, 2007 | Full Review…

White noise is intended to help you fall asleep. White Noise would never let you do that, though. It's far too interested in a cacophony of cheap scares.

February 26, 2007

White Noise is little more than an old-fashioned ghost story with a newfangled twist.

October 6, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a typical case of the kind of movie which gets launched these days on the strength of a one-sentence pitch. Having got all dressed up, it finds that it has absolutely nowhere to go.

May 13, 2005 | Full Review…

Through it all Keaton furrows his brow with impressive intensity. But his efforts are hampered by a script which requires him to do the exact opposite of what any right-minded individual would do in his circumstances.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Thrill-free thriller.

January 20, 2005 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for White Noise


Sort of an interesting premise (a deeply grieving husband is contacted by his recently deceased wife) but like a lot of supernatural thrillers its creepy set-up is ultimately better than its delivery. The cast and crew does well but the script has little for them to finish with.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It boasts a very interesting premise and it does have its own scares and thrills. Backed up by convincing acting it's not as bad as its put out to be. The problem with White Noise however is its muzzled plotline that can sometimes be a bit of distraction from listening.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


White Noise is a decent psychological horror film that has a good premise, but the plots at times doesn't really work. However the film is held together by a good cast that includes Michael Keaton and Deborah Kara Unger. The film has enough momentum to entertain you, and the plot is quite interesting. However, it's clear that the film could have been done much better, and the film could have something really great. Instead the end result is a mixed bag. The film is entertaining, but it leaves you wanting more. The ideas on-screen work, but only to a certain degree. Then the films sort of falls apart. I think it's a real shame, because the film had so much potential at being a better film than it is. White Noise is not a terrible film, neither is it a missed opportunity, however it could have been something terrific, but director Geoffrey Sax doesn't know where to go at times with his story, like he's almost not interested in telling an effective, and creepy story. For the most part, White Noise does have good chills and effective tension, however halfway through the middle things get kind of shaky and the story falls apart. After a while the plot becomes boring, and the story lumbers around to a somewhat lacking ending. What was a strong beginning is a disappointing ending to a decent film. The film had the potential of being an effective horror film, but in the end, it's a decent film that has an anticlimactic ending. Entertaining, but flawed, White Noise is good, but suffers from a poor second half.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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