For 1,213 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1213 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    At one point, David Cross tells Gurwitch to enjoy being unemployed, because "When you're fired, you're interesting." But as Fired! proves, that ain't necessarily so.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    Mainly, Good Dick just proves that TV actors like Ritter make good indie-film hires, because they'll go along with whatever ridiculous nonsense a novice filmmaker concocts.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    It's neither conceptually bold nor slyly satirical when Billy dresses up as a Southern evangelical and sings made-up hymns about "the shopacalypse."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    In short, this is a movie about bruised people bruising each other, and if Downloading Nancy had more of an openly pulpy sensibility, then the repugnant premise might’ve had some lasting impact.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    The movie's more damnable problem is it irrelevance.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    Salvation Boulevard doesn't seem to have any higher aspiration than illustrating how religious people can be hypocrites. (Gosh, who knew?)
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    In nearly every way—from how the movie’s being released to the way it approaches the whole satanic possession subgenre — The Vatican Tapes is dispiritingly ordinary. It’s the rote B-movie that Neveldine up to now has tried so hard not to make.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off. If anything, the movie's observations about the corrupting social influence of cluttered mall spaces get undercut by the fact that Burns and Brown feel the need to INVENT characters to prove their truth.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    This isn't really a movie made for audiences; it's for casting agents and studio execs, to show off one man's acting chops and his skill at writing dialogue.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    If Misconduct were more lurid — or more shamelessly idiotic — it might at least be a guilty pleasure. But instead it’s slow-paced, and the filmmakers’ idea of cheap thrills is to make Emily a masochist, who gets turned on by being spanked and slapped around.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    LaLiberte is the best thing about Girls Against Boys. She has an unforced coolness, even when Chick sticks her with sub-Quentin Tarantino business, like having a conversation about the nutritional value of Captain Crunch, or singing along to not one, but two Donovan songs.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    The film isn't erotic or profound. It is occasionally comic, though-like reading the finalists for one of those Bad Sex In Fiction awards.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    Seen as some kind of absurdist, meta-textual horror story, American Animal almost works. In every other way? It's fuckin' poopy-loopy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    Give Fitzgerald credit for ambition and good intentions, but for all its truth-to-power saber-rattling, 3 Needles is distressingly dim.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    The characters Lehmann and company use as generational mouthpieces bear no relation to any people who have ever existed, and they barely work as parody.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    The result is either one of the most self-indulgent vanity projects in the history of the Hollywood star system, or a rare revealing look at a distinguished actor who usually keeps his real self out of the spotlight.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 Noel Murray
    It's a rare moment when the STORY makes the point, not the speeches.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    This movie’s about as scary as a jackhammer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The lack of any likable characters ultimately undoes Urge. Kaufman and Stahl have made a classic party-throwers mistake: overrating the entertainment value in watching other people get high.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Aside from a few good jump-scares and a couple of original plot twists, Wrecker spends most of its running time cutting between footage of the roadster and footage of the truck, apparently assuming viewers will take those images and use them to imagine something more exciting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The Fight Within is too generic as a sports flick, and too pro forma as a tract. There’s more vitality and humanity in the closing-credits blooper reel than in anything in the actual picture.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    It tests the theory that a creepy clown lurking in the dark is always terrifying. It turns out that with repetition, some nightmares become boring.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Reilly's appearance in Piggie amounts to little more than a cameo, but he's lively and real in ways that the rest of Bagnall's cast is not. It's the material's fault.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The cast is game and the pace blessedly zippy, but everything about this film feels too fake to generate any real suspense.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Aggressively ugly and gross, the movie boasts a certain low-rent authenticity, but the auteur never figures out how to fill his grubby little rooms.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    While Moussi has ample skills as a fighter — and is plenty handsome to boot — he lacks Van Damme’s charisma. It turns out that just slapping the title “Kickboxer” onto a movie isn’t enough to revive a B-movie favorite. The actual kickboxer matters.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    With Eloise, Legato and company take a prime location, rich in history, and make it look like a soundstage.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    A series of non-answers isn't enough to build a documentary on, especially when they're strung together by insufferably self-congratulatory voiceover narration (de Ponfilly plays up his agony over whether documentary filmmaking helps or hurts its subjects) and corny stylistic effects.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, there’s just nothing here that’s snappy or relevant. In tech-speak, this film is bricked.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    From the overwritten, pop-culture-reference-laden dialogue to the incessant attempts to be shocking, Happy Birthday tries way too hard. For a movie that doesn’t have much to say, it sure never stops jabbering.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The People Garden is so slow and spare that it barely registers. It just floats through the forest, silent and bloodless.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Writer-director C.A. Cooper’s The Snare is admirably artful and oblique in putting its own twist on the haunted-house story, but it’s derivative of much better psychological suspense films and is obnoxiously unpleasant to boot.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The movie doesn't do justice to a promising premise. A scarcity of laughs and scares limits this property's curb appeal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    After an hour or so of bad noir dialogue and convoluted plotting, viewers may wish they could jump back in time and watch something else.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The surrealism that dominates so much of Mr. Jones’ final stretch is admirably unusual, but it’s also confusing, and quickly becomes tedious.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    This flavorless home-invasion thriller hasn’t ripened with age.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    An oafish bore.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    A compendium of genre clichés — or, more charitably, “homages” — Queen of Spades offers little that fright fans haven’t seen before.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The newly released Point Break remake is tedious and overblown — as though the filmmakers were so preoccupied with "updating" the material that they forgot what made it so popular in the first place.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Even the movie's brighter spots are undermined by ineptly staged action sequences, flatly functional dialogue and stock characters. Ultimately, Submerged is all wet.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    A series of third-act complications provides much-needed narrative surprise, but until then, The Three Marias is a disappointingly flavorless genre exercise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    She acts amazed by her own work, in hopes that we'll be too. To help the matter along, Lee underscores the action with a Mickey Mouse score, cutesy animation, and a relentlessly chipper tone. Her technique is pretty much everything that's wrong with documentary filmmaking today.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    While the cast is talented and the tone is classy, The Charnel House never develops any momentum. The movie puts fright on the back burner to tease out a mystery that proves to be too profoundly idiotic to be worth all the bother.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Minimalist to a fault, this psychological horror exercise is fairly tedious, distinguished only by the moody lighting and the slow, fluid pans and dollies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Director/co-writer Glenn Douglas Packard tries to bring a little style and color to the film by relying on off-kilter camera angles and cartoonish supporting characters. But he mostly stays within the narrow parameters of the “knocking off generically attractive youngsters one-by-one” movie, never getting campy enough, bizarre enough or satirical enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Becomes hard going the longer Baur stretches out the parade of narcissists, all spouting received wisdom, cultural clichés, and bad poetry.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The aim here seems to be to replace startled gasps with shocked guffaws. The results are contrary to Scout Law — not Kind, Clean or Reverent.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    What this Singing Detective really needed was to be reworked top to bottom, preferably by a writer fleeing some demons of his own.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 25 Noel Murray
    Some Kind Of Beautiful has a fine cast, but they’re stuck doing shtick.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    This tedious picture botches both the setup and the punchline.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    [An] uninspired, nonsensical mishmash, which crudely cobbles together second-hand religious imagery, abrasively noisy jump-scares, and — for some reason — techno-phobia.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    The Eyes is a talky, set-bound drama masquerading as a suspense picture, and nearly the entire movie consists of overwritten, overacted, visually inert confrontations and monologues.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    Their attempts at wit seem forced, and the overall point of each installment is too minor to spend nearly 30 minutes exploring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    The jokes aren’t especially clever, and the story’s too cluttered, adding characters that range from an aloof poodle (with a French accent, naturally) to a blustery American monkey (no comment) to a cute alien.
    • 5 Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    From start to finish, Black Rose is about as pro forma as a motion picture gets.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    Dull and drab, the film squanders an attractive young cast and a killer title.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    The biggest problem with Most Likely to Die, though — beyond it being unimaginative, unfunny and frightless — is that it has no sense of place or time.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 16 Noel Murray
    A movie about self-absorbed douchebags that wallows in their douchebaggery.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 10 Noel Murray
    No movie that opens with the line "Time was never a friend to Bobby Long" could possibly be any good, and sure enough, A Love Song For Bobby Long lives down to its squibbed kickoff.
    • 4 Metascore
    • 10 Noel Murray
    Even by the shaggy standards of found footage, The Final Project is amateurish.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 10 Noel Murray
    The movie feels like a thin excuse to show image after image of women being abused. This Martyrs has the bones of its predecessor, but it's been bled dry.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 10 Noel Murray
    What is semi-interesting — in a “huh?” kind of way — is how the Ferraras take various paranoid speculation from the darkest reaches of the Internet and weave it all into a barely coherent super-theory.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Noel Murray
    Guttenberg adapts James Kirkwood Jr.'s humanist black comedy -- and drains all the recognizable humanity out of it, turning it into a morose, unlikable reflection of its sad-sack lead character.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 0 Noel Murray
    The movie tries to wrap an important social message in comedy, but it’s unpalatable all the way through.

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