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Noise is a comedy drama film written and directed by Henry Bean. It stars Tim Robbins and Bridget Moynahan. Robbins plays a successful lawyer in Manhattanmarker named David Owen who is bothered by all the noise in the city, and who resorts to vandalism to put a stop to it, adopting the identity of "The Rectifier." His acts of vandalism provoke the mayor of the city, played by William Hurt.

The film premiered October 22, 2007 at the Rome Film Festival. It was later shown at the AFI Film Festival on November 6, 2007. It opened in limited release in the United Statesmarker on May 9, 2008.



Henry Bean has called the film partly autobiographical. Stephen Holden wrote that the film "is the second part of a projected "fanatic trilogy" that began with The Believer."

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. The New York Times film critic Stephen Holden called Noise "a one-trick film that rapidly wears out its welcome." Holden said the film "is shallow and loud" and "lurches unsteadily between drama and comedy." Holden wrote "Its performances are discordant" and said "you have to wonder to what degree Mr. Robbins, an actor famous for his political activism, is here simply because he shares Mr. Bean's outrage."

David Denby of The New Yorker wrote that the film "is certainly odd, but the movie is alive with the creative madness of New Yorkmarker." Denby said "Surely a more glamorous actor would have given Noise a lighter, more satirical spin, but Robbins makes David a lost, unhappy man who needs to save himself, and that's the right way to go—it turns a one-note story into a universal fable." Denby praised the performance of Margarita Levieva as Ekatrina. Denby wrote "What saves Noise—and makes it almost continuously entertaining—is Bean's sense of the city as a gathering place of clever, chattering people."

Box office performance

The film opened in limited release in the United Statesmarker on May 9, 2008 and grossed $3,697 in 2 theaters its opening weekend.


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