For 896 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 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Child
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 896
896 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    Part period piece and part coming-of-age story, King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich, absorbing picture of one boy’s struggle to live by his wits.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The Act Of Killing raises all kinds of provocative questions about the sins of nations in transition, and about how important it is for those in power to control the narrative.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The extraordinary achievement of Under The Skin is that while Laura develops some human qualities, Glazer resists the temptation to turn this alien’s story into the story of what it means to be human.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    If the movie is about any one idea in particular, it’s about how parents do their best to stay on top of how their children grow, by taking pictures and documenting the memorable occasions, only to learn too late that most of life happens between the posing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If The Beaches Of Agnès has no clear structure, that's only because neither does Varda’s life--except in retrospect.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier’s ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn. It’s also the most lush-looking movie von Trier has made in about 20 years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Its final scene is almost overpoweringly tender and beautiful, offering a hopeful rejoinder to all the prior scenes of family members shedding their shared legacy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's more clever than funny, but it's very clever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Hunger may be criticized for being willfully arty, or for reducing a complex political situation to a broadly allegorical vision of martyrdom, but it's never less than visually stunning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A beautifully choreographed and photographed story about tradition and modernity in rural Asia.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's hard to explain exactly why Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is so much better than its companion World War II film "Flags Of Our Fathers," except to say that Flags tries too hard to emphasize the ironies of selling a war, while Letters deals with the ins and outs of the war itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Akin divides The Edge Of Heaven into thirds, and ends the first two sections with emotionally devastating scenes of violence, before easing into a third section that deals with the repercussions and lessons learned.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Mostly though, the movie feeds off Rourke, who plays a genuinely decent guy who never lets his dawning self-awareness interfere with his responsibility to give the fans a show.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    There are two Bronsons on display here: the impossible thug that we don’t dare release into polite society, and the guy we enjoy watching do his terrible thing. The man and the movie are both living, punching contradictions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though The President's Last Bang is undeniably dense-with more than a dozen significant characters-the particulars aren't too tough to understand.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Comes closer than most to seeing the whole picture.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For all Dead Man's Shoes' well-paced, well-observed boondocks melodrama, its premise seems simultaneously slender and overheated.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The War Tapes falls just short of greatness, because its scope is too limited.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Bridesmaid goes slack at times, as it follows multiple Magimel family subplots, but as always, Chabrol stages everything with an elegant economy, moving the camera in short bursts that direct the eye but don't distract. Still, the movie would fail completely if not for the dynamic between the two leads.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While all the "Up" films hold a fascination akin to a Christmas letter from an almost-forgotten friend, 42 Up didn't show much progress from "35 Up." Even fans of the series had to wonder whether the faces of England were going to remain permanently frozen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While Jonestown lacks the power of revelation, it's a first-rate piece of journalism, as fascinating and thorough as any magazine article.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, Cocaine Cowboys' lesson isn't that crime doesn't pay, but that it maybe pays too well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    O'Toole is frail and probably won't make many more movies. So Venus is pitched partly as a fond farewell to a beloved artist, and his whole beautiful generation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A little too neat, and self-consciously vague at the end. But it's fascinating to observe and try to interpret François' mysterious smile as she eyes her boss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Like a lot of folk tales, Ten Canoes peters out into something more prosaic than profound, but it flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Time could almost be written off as misogynistic, except that it's so specific about its rage. It's almost as though Kim was so fed up with having the same argument with his girlfriend, all he could do was make a movie.

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