For 1,192 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1192 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Nothing Can Hurt Me is frustratingly unfocused, petering out considerably after its first hour.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    31
    The Rob Zombie brand promises hard-core horror and scuzzy atmosphere, and “31” delivers just that. Even on autopilot, Zombie makes movies that hit hard and leave a stain.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Although the original sometimes looked like a bunch of loosely connected scenes, this Rabid Dogs feels more purposeful.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The movie sports more personality than most low-budget thrillers, yet sometimes devolves into the kind of ponderousness that a collaborator might have second-guessed.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Hellaware is short enough that its doggedness never gets tedious, but the film’s near-total absence of curveballs exposes either a limited imagination, or a lack of time and money to flesh out the premise.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It’s about deeper fears, and realer monsters.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    A terrific cast...helps create a vivid world, on the fringes of showbiz. But Schwartzman’s observations about music and money mostly stay locked in his head. Dreamland isn’t hard to understand by any means, but it does seem fairly negligible from moment to moment. Neither the situation nor the stakes are exactly life or death.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For the most part, Fire Dancer presents an energetic mosaic of a displaced culture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While the plot relies too much on generalities, the film as a whole thrives on specifics.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It’s a mash-up of familiar genre elements—too familiar, frankly—given a welcome sense of scope and shading by the location.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Someone as attuned as Varda to the quality of an image should know that a flat, disposable medium like video makes images harder to internalize.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Fast-paced, and entertaining in a soapy way, but plot demands require almost all of the dialogue to be flatly descriptive.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Looks and sounds better than the average indie film debut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Makes effective drama, but ultimately it's just an outrage machine, designed to get the viewer fired up by the sight of warring ideologues preaching to their own.

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