For 875 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 875
875 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The digressiveness of Y Tu Mamá También is its masterstroke.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Still, no matter how Grebin and Nigro are selling it, American Cannibal isn't about the horrors of reality TV. It's about guys like Roberts and Ripley, who convince themselves that ANY job in show business would be preferable to waiting tables.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    These moments, enjoyable and arcane, may not add up to a masterpiece. But they're uniquely Weerasethakul's.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    ShowBusiness is a smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage, but it never quite rises to the level of penetrating insight or emotional catharsis.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The director deserves kudos for setting her movie during such a gray, dreary Toronto winter. It couldn't have been easy to find a climate that so resembles adolescence.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Besides the restless style, Dans Paris is remarkable for being more about familial bonds than French cinema tends to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Nothing about Exiled is as resonant as To's best work, but it's a clever homage to Sam Peckinpah, right down to the clouds of bloody mist that fill the barroom as To's anti-heroes make their last stand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Great World Of Sound is painfully specific about the music-scouting grind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, the film is just a smart caper picture with some good performances, but at times it's VERY smart, and Hoffman's performance in particular is one of the most natural and unexpectedly affecting that he's given in years.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If the film has a significant flaw, it's that Venditti never explains in the film how she found Billy, or why she's interested in him. Billy The Kid often plays more like an extended home movie than something intentional and artful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While some of the trappings and even some of the plot elements could easily be called unoriginal, Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez arrange them in a fresh way, crafting an emotionally resonant, nerve-jangling experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between “sweetly humane” and “cloyingly quirky.”