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Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, and William Hurt star in writer/director Henry Bean's topical urban comedy following one man's quest for a little peace and quiet in the big city. The noise was bothersome when David Owen (Robbins) first moved to New York City, but back in those early days it was almost endearing in an odd sort of way; a forgivable manifestation of urban vitality, or so he had led himself to believe. These days the incessant barking of car alarms, traffic, and frustrated commuters seems to be driving David insane, never allowing him the opportunity to concentrate or focus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"How can you resist a hero who gets worked up because a car alarm disrupts his extremely tenuous grasp on a difficult but life altering passage of Hegel?"
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"The black comedy Noise may be a one-joke movie but it's a resonant one."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Could have and should have been a demented little gem, but as it is, it's just a muddled, sloppy, and often incoherent little rant about New York..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Even at the movie's climax, Saville wants us to keep looking at the characters"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"A presumably rectifiable dilemma for urbanites needs more serious treatment."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Amid the seasonal din of so many raucous summer blockbusters, Noise offers blessed relief in the form of a strong central performance, sharp dialogue and edgy humor."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A tale of obsession and vigilantism cut with humor and a little Hegel, Henry Bean's Noise is a satisfyingly screwy New York story in which a successful businessman/family man jettisons all because he can't stand the cacophony on the street."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Having hooked us with the tagline, director Henry Bean never seems to be sure quite where to run with it."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"full of interesting motifs and symbolism, making a curious statement about detachment from one's surroundings, no matter how thrilling they may seem to outside observers."
‑ Christopher Null,
"I'd hate to live in a movie world that didn't make room for weird, imperfect little movies like this."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Amusing but marginal."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Noise has too many warring genres on the boil and too many thoughts jockeying for supremacy."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Bean's scenario is too inconsequential to take seriously and not outlandish enough to entertain."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"An entertaining comedy with dashes of sex, all served up by a top cast"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The moral of this failed fable might best be summed up as, "Dude, get some earplugs.""
‑ Keith Uhlich, UGO
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