White Noise

critic Reviews

, 73% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • White Noise may occasionally struggle with its allegedly unfilmable source material, but Noah Baumbach succeeds in finding the humorous heart of its surprisingly timely story.
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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    “White Noise” is an expression of sincere and admirable faith. I just wish I could believe in it.
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    Jake CoyleAssociated Press
    In very ’80s environs, Baumbach’s film always remains — purposefully, I think -- a self-conscious work of literature adaptation, juggling big themes and highly literate dialogue with a screwball touch.
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    Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    If, like me, you enjoy watching smoothly choreographed sequences of people weaving in and out of rooms, chattering and snacking, or rallying one another to the TV, then the everyday crackle and hum of “White Noise” will be enough.
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    Dwight BrownDwightBrownInk.com
    The cast, acting from a weak script, looks like they’re grappling for tone and clarity.
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    Pippa BaileyNew Statesman
    White Noise is maximalist, funny, abrasive satire that resists interpretation.
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    Paul AttardSlant Magazine
    The film rarely articulates the book's ideas with any real sense of the outside world without resorting to the easy exaggerations that Don DeLillo peddled in the name of satire, which, while maybe fresh back in 1985, ring completely hollow today.
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    Robert KojderFlickering Myth
    Maybe this is the best possible version of White Noise, a loaded idiosyncratic experience for which Noah Baumbach hasn’t fully found the right frequency
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    Joanna LangfieldThe Movie Minute
    Noah Baumbach’s adaptation of the venerable novel is a project worth rooting for. But it’s a very hard one to recommend.
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    Hope MaddenMaddWolf
    It’s a film that might leave you giggling, scratching your head, or convinced that we’re all doomed, but you’ll be damned near helpless against the strange beauty of synchronized shopping.
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    Avi OfferNYC Movie Guru
    Overlong, clunky and shallow while biting off more than it could chew. It's ultimately less than the sum of its parts.
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