Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal

Golden Globe nominee Riz Ahmed (Venom) plays a heavy-metal drummer who faces a future of silence when he starts to lose his hearing in the directorial feature debut from the co-writer of The Place Beyond the Pines. Co-stars Olivia Cook (Ready Player One).

During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. 

2020Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language130 minsUSA, Belgium
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Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

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A gritty drama with powerful performances set in two worlds we don’t see portrayed on screen very often...

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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Darius Marder's film captures, with urgency and tenderness, just how enticing the residue of the past can be.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Propelled by a distinctive style and a potent lead performance, Darius Marder's "Sound of Metal" builds a singular tension between silence and noise.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It's conventional, but it also breaks ground: Angsty addiction dramas may be overrepresented in the movies, but sensitive, lived-in portraits of Deaf culture and community have always been in short supply.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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What keeps Sound Of Metal from wandering off into the wilderness is Ahmed's performance, which remains compelling even when the script loses its narrative footing.

USA Today

USA Today

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The film is profound, frightening, uplifting and, yes, actually breathtaking at times, and you're not likely to take your hearing for granted anytime soon afterward.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed absolutely shines as Ruben Stone, an American punk-metal drummer whose life is upended when he abruptly loses his hearing while on tour.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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A movie that doesn't just allow for silence but thrives in it, with Ahmed's eyes and body language charting the arc of his character.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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As Ruben's fear and rage begins to open itself to the unknown, the movie reaches toward something profound - finding real, furious power in the spaces between the sound.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A film about the sudden onset of deafness that is too attentive to specifics of character and setting to ever feel like a rote disability drama.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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This remarkably assured debut ... uses the medium of cinema to its fullest extent, both visually and aurally.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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[A] mesmerizing debut ... "Sound of Metal" injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity.

Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

A gritty drama with powerful performances set in two worlds we don’t see portrayed on screen very often...

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Darius Marder's film captures, with urgency and tenderness, just how enticing the residue of the past can be.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Propelled by a distinctive style and a potent lead performance, Darius Marder's "Sound of Metal" builds a singular tension between silence and noise.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's conventional, but it also breaks ground: Angsty addiction dramas may be overrepresented in the movies, but sensitive, lived-in portraits of Deaf culture and community have always been in short supply.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

What keeps Sound Of Metal from wandering off into the wilderness is Ahmed's performance, which remains compelling even when the script loses its narrative footing.

USA Today

USA Today

press

The film is profound, frightening, uplifting and, yes, actually breathtaking at times, and you're not likely to take your hearing for granted anytime soon afterward.

Associated Press

Associated Press

press

British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed absolutely shines as Ruben Stone, an American punk-metal drummer whose life is upended when he abruptly loses his hearing while on tour.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A movie that doesn't just allow for silence but thrives in it, with Ahmed's eyes and body language charting the arc of his character.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

As Ruben's fear and rage begins to open itself to the unknown, the movie reaches toward something profound - finding real, furious power in the spaces between the sound.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A film about the sudden onset of deafness that is too attentive to specifics of character and setting to ever feel like a rote disability drama.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This remarkably assured debut ... uses the medium of cinema to its fullest extent, both visually and aurally.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

[A] mesmerizing debut ... "Sound of Metal" injects visceral, edgy circumstances with remarkable sensitivity.

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