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Sound of Noise

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Sweden, France · 2010
Rated R · 1h 42m
Director Ola Simonsson
Starring Bengt Nilsson, Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson, Marcus Haraldsson Boij
Genre Comedy

In this comedy-crime film, tone-deaf police officer, Amadeus Warnebring, works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

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Variety by

A delightful comic cocktail of modern city symphony, police procedural and love story.


Time Out by Eric Hynes

The backbeat anarchy is fun while it lasts, but without a persuasive purpose, it's all just noise in the end.


Slant Magazine by Jesse Cataldo

The film is ultimately winning because of its devilish anarchic streak, aiming its arrows at the stuffiness of the traditional musical establishment.


Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

Unique to a fault, Sound of Noise is a daft police procedural, an absurdist comedy, a piece of metaphysical agitprop, a music-performance film with a bit of story attached, and/or none of the above.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

More an intriguing premise than a successful film, the Malmö-set Sound of Noise, about a group of "musical terrorists," quickly loses its novelty and becomes about as bold as a Swedish production of "Stomp."


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

What binds the entertaining crime movie to its YouTube-ready musical interludes is the unspoken yearning of its two leads: he for the world of silence in which he'd rather live, and she for all the sounds that slip by every second, uncontrolled and unappreciated.

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