What if a New Yorker got so pissed off at noise on the streets that he transformed himself into "the Rectifier" and took action against car alarms? Writer-director Henry Bean, the master behind The Believer, is that man. But instead of turning vigilante, he made a movie about it, put in Tim Robbins as the Rectifier and William Hurt as the mayor who opposes him, and worked out variations on a theme. It's wickedly amusing for a little bit — Robbins and Hurt really get into it — but ultimately the film becomes what it's fighting: just noise.
From The Archives Issue 120: October 26, 1972