For 925 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 6.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 925
925 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Ravenous is misbegotten in multiple ways. It isn’t scary enough to be an effective horror movie, or funny enough to be much of a comedy... But say this for Ravenous: It isn’t generic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Too much of Ari Folman’s half-animated science-fiction feature The Congress feels just a bit off—but every now and then, the concept, the performances, and Folman’s visual flair combine to produce something extraordinary.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Simien is clearly a talented, witty writer, with a fantastic sense of character development and dialogue, but he makes a lot of rookie mistakes as a filmmaker, from trying to cover too much ground in one movie to making stylistic choices that render Dear White People visually incomprehensible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Intimate Stories stays doggedly, purposefully minor, in part because director Carlos Sorin and screenwriter Pablo Solarz want to explore the casual interactions of people doing nothing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    If von Carolsfeld had worked more surprises into her style and presentation, Marion Bridge wouldn't live down to its genre stereotype so readily.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Big Game tries a little of everything, but ultimately settles into being a scrappy, lower-budget spin on the Big Dopey Action Movie genre. And as with nearly every stab at the BDAM, the audience’s satisfaction will depend largely on just how dopey they expect it to be.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The writer-director's overthinking on the matter is part of what's wrong with her debut film, which is sensitively shot, deeply felt, and dry as dirt.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Love Object's plot is reminiscent of Guy Colwell's underground comic-book series "Doll," only Colwell dealt more with sex toys as emblematic of the systematic objectification of women, while Parigi just uses the concept for a bunch of weird shocks, dark laughs, and a fairly repellent twist ending.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Has a free-ranging mood, mixing tragedy and comedy irregularly, but Jeong's film is equally free with genre, and entertains its audience openly before pouring on the astringent.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    7 Boxes is way too simple, but it mostly works, because every twist of the plot and turn of the street leads back to this one kid, who’ll do anything to make enough money to become someone other than himself.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Spinning Plates is a slow starter... But the documentary finds more of a rhythm once it moves beyond generalities and starts getting into particulars.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    What saves Chinese Puzzle—making it not just tolerable, but likable—is how well Klapisch uses New York. The movie embraces the whole city.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Nothing Can Hurt Me is frustratingly unfocused, petering out considerably after its first hour.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Has more flavor than leftovers have a right to.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Gloomy Sunday's success in transcending its own clichés and conventionality -- at least until the morose finale -- is due in part to the story's primal romantic pull, aided by attractive actors who either stare longingly into each other's eyes or cavort in states of undress.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Offers watchable light entertainment, even though the prospect of the most respected national cinema indulging clunky cop-movie stereotypes is, if not scandalous, then at least disappointing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Intended to be shamelessly heart-tugging and even uplifting in an odd way, but it's recommended mainly as an acting showcase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The main problem with Jodorowsky’s Dune is that a significant amount of what makes Jodorowsky’s work special gets lost in Pavich’s fairly ordinary approach to the documentary form.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Bogliano provides a steady series of jolts, all the way to an ending that’s twisty but ultimately unsatisfying.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    A little slow for a crime story, and a little obvious with its anti-capitalism message.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    What saves 1001 Grams from being excruciatingly cute is that it does have a clean look and a pleasant tone, and it’s about a subject that’s both unusual and entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Toad Road is sloppy and under-realized, but it should connect with anyone who’s ever made terrible choices for no good reason.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Generation War never becomes great, but it overcomes its stiff start in large part due to its scope.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    La Vie Promise's style is too slick for the subject matter.

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