Sound of Metal

130 mins
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In an Oscar-nominated performance, Riz Ahmed (Venom) plays a heavy-metal drummer who faces a future of silence when he starts... More

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Sound of Metal | Ratings & Reviews

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

Radio New ZealandRadio New Zealand

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

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

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

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"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."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"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."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"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."

USA TodayUSA Today

"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."

Associated PressAssociated 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."

"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."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"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."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

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

Screen DailyScreen Daily

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


Sound of Metal | Details

Award winner
Best Editing and Best Sound Design winner at the 2021 Academy Awards and BAFTAs.
M, Mature themes and coarse language
Drama, Music
Country of origin
USA, Belgium

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