For 1,205 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Under the Shadow
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1205 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.

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