For 913 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 6.9 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 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 913
913 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Afghan Star offers a reminder of how much has changed in Afghanistan from the late ’70s--when Kabul was a secular-oriented city with co-ed universities and a thriving nightclub scene--to the rise of the Taliban.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Vincere starts to run dry of stunning visual gambits and become redundant in its second hour, as the madhouse sequences dominate, but Bellocchio’s central premise retains its power and poignancy throughout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's also poetic and meditative in a way that never feels pretentious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between “sweetly humane” and “cloyingly quirky.”
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For all Dead Man's Shoes' well-paced, well-observed boondocks melodrama, its premise seems simultaneously slender and overheated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The documentary seems a little structureless and unfocused at times, as Akers moves from dramatic moment to dramatic moment, not always taking care to connect them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though Circo is pretty bleak, Schock doesn't skimp on the exotic wonder of a life on the road, surrounded by color and danger.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In Caesar Must Die, the characters are both actor and audience, looking at themselves through the lens of a centuries-old fictionalization of history.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In its own small way, by documenting the petty panic of two people who want to be together but are otherwise entangled, 28 Hotel Rooms is often masterful.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Citadel is plenty scary: a bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The War Tapes falls just short of greatness, because its scope is too limited.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A Secret is suitably tense, sad, and deeply poignant as it moves toward an epilogue exploring the idea that everything rots and decays, no mater how well-maintained.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Thoroughly populist and middlebrow, full of all the high wigs, thick powder, perfect diction, and straightforward dialogue that define bodice-ripping prestige pictures about silently suffering souls.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Whenever all the pieces are in place, though, Lee reverts to the kind of storytelling he does best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    To some extent, if you've seen one Swanberg film, you've seen them all; Nights And Weekends contains the usual mix of frank, awkward sex scenes and couples talking passive-aggressively around each other.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Mysteries Of Lisbon is an odd kind of epic: It's digressive and even trifling at times, and though a large cast wanders through the frame, the individual scenes tend to be focused on just two or three people, having winding conversations about political intrigue and affairs of the heart.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Viewers' interest in Boxing Gym will likely wax and wane, depending on their interest in martial arts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Woman With The 5 Elephants isn't flawless; as articulate and fascinating as Geier could be, she was also dry at times. But Jendreyko cleverly parcels out her personal history, and he isn't afraid to break up the talkiness with long silences and luminous images.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Amalric gives another in a recent string of riveting performances, and Klotz gets a lot of play out of the ironic distance between musical expression and corporate rigor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A few broadly comic moments aside, This Is 40 also captures the rhythms and concerns of real life in ways that slicker Hollywood comedies don't.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Cropsey is compelling as a meditation on how we use stories to explain the inconceivable, and how if no story is handy, we take the available clues and make one up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Like "The Orphanage," The Impossible confirms that Bayona is a major talent, with a skill for constructing sequences that build tension as masterfully as Steven Spielberg did in his '70s heyday.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Chase deals with the mundane reality that squashes those dreams, but he doesn't downplay the dreams themselves, which he keeps honoring throughout Not Fade Away, right up to an audaciously abstract final scene that rivals the end of "The Sopranos" for sheer nerve.
    • 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.

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