For 1,072 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
1072 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Jacobs focuses almost exclusively on Dobson's theories and mission, which he illustrates by contrasting jaw-dropping images of the sun's surface with people ignoring Dobson's entreaties to "Come look at the sun."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Has more flavor than leftovers have a right to.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The sensual sex scenes and raw violence of God's Sandbox make it pretty much an exploitation film, and as an exploitation film, it isn't bad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The documentary is short, vividly shot, and packed with interviews in which desperate young men and women let loose their personal philosophies. In fact, there's so much philosophizing that there's not much time left for rap.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beautifully shot and crisply edited to emphasize the Mass Games' pageantry, but amid the synchronized blocks of performers, Gordon singles out the cranky coaches and giggling schoolgirls, subtly emphasizing how the individual endures even when she's trying hard not to.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Mostly though, The Goebbels Experiment proves that historical figures have the worst perspective on themselves.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The Piersons are warm, funny people, and most of Reel Paradise shows them comically bickering with each other and laughing at the absurdity of the whole project.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For people who are Minutemen fans and movie buffs, We Jam Econo is kind of a mixed blessing. Watt and Hurley tell the Minutemen story well, but Irwin relies too much on corroborating interviews from punk vets like Flea and Ian MacKaye, who talk about how great the band was without offering much fresh insight.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beautifully lit, with some inventive but unobtrusive framing, and the moody jazz score unifies the multiple storylines without overwhelming them. Yet while the movie never goes slack, it never really transcends its good intentions either.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It'd be great if Rooms For Tourists had a clearer point, or something significant to say about the human condition, but even in spite of its low budget, cruddy look, and modest aspirations, the movie is art of a kind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Taylor does her cause no real favors by trotting out only the most articulate, most clearly railroaded exonerees. It should be just as chilling to learn that even the shady get screwed.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It's a straightforward, relatively style-free piece, primarily of interest to those who want to hear Zizek's pronouncements. But what distinguishes the film is Zizek's peculiar self-awareness, which borders on paranoia
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For those fans who don't mind enduring some tedium and confusion, Yakuza Apocalypse at least offers something memorably bizarre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Testin and Berg's work here is definitely promising, suggesting something better from both of them down the road.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Although the original sometimes looked like a bunch of loosely connected scenes, this Rabid Dogs feels more purposeful.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The grubby melodrama should appeal to adventurous moviegoers — and to the director’s small-but-fervent cult — but even that crowd should brace themselves for something slow-paced and opaque.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Baskin won't be for everybody, but it's well made and imaginatively upsetting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    They Will Have to Kill Us First doesn't offer much of a primer on Mali's political or cultural histories — which is the movie's biggest weakness. But Schwartz did capture some remarkable footage of musicians who've spent the last few years taking tentative steps to reclaim what makes their nation special.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While Our Last Tango is a little schematic overall, from moment to moment, it's beautifully choreographed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It’s hard to keep track of all the old high school comedies that writer-director-producer Sean Nalaboff nods to in his feature film debut, Hard Sell. Eventually, though, the movie finds its own voice and groove, and avoids being a mere retro exercise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Too much of the film prioritizes the DJ’s problematic personal life over what made him famous. AM’s fans should get a lot out of the doc, but casual music-lovers may wish Kerslake would just get back to the party.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The Phenom may be choppy, but it’s saying something sincere about how the pressure to be thought of as a winner can be an athlete’s most formidable opponent.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    An otherwise plain action picture carried by strong performances and a mildly compelling mystery.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The emphasis on Blackout’s therapeutic qualities gets overly repetitive and banal — a little like listening to strangers analyze their dreams. But like Blackout itself, The Blackout Experiments is often chilling and hard to shake.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    There’s a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that’s disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Nothing Can Hurt Me is frustratingly unfocused, petering out considerably after its first hour.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    All four of the main performances are so strong that they deserve more space to develop and intertwine. Instead, at times, Blood plays like one long “previously on” montage for the series that inspired it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Marking...does her best to keep it lively, mixing in actual security-camera footage and animated re-creations, along with pieces of old tourist promotions, newsreels, and industrial films. But Smash & Grab’s overall tone is too reserved, given the subject matter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    This is a small film about a society of castoffs, and while it’s beautifully acted and often moving, it’s also predictable, because it keeps wresting itself into familiar forms.

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