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 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1192 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Moreau is magnetic as the wise-but-neurotic scribe, though the same can't be said of Demarigny, whose timid portrayal of a reverent fanboy sucks the energy out of most of his scenes. Dayan's direction is even more problematic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    La Petite Lili isn't conventional or crowd-pleasing enough to appeal to audiences who like their foreign films safely sentimental, but it's also not daring enough for those who expect art to hurt a little.
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    • 60 Noel Murray
    Nearly every shot of Blood in the Water looks like it could be some band’s album cover. And when it comes to stylish crime pictures, appearance counts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While Murdoch exhibits masterful control in a recording studio, he isn’t a natural-born filmmaker. Much of God Help The Girl feels haphazardly stitched together, with pieces missing or placed in the wrong order, as though Murdoch didn’t get all the footage he needed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While Memphis is similar in style and in assurance to the lower-ambition Pavilion, it reaches toward something it can’t fully grasp.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The emphasis on Blackout’s therapeutic qualities gets overly repetitive and banal — a little like listening to strangers analyze their dreams. But like Blackout itself, The Blackout Experiments is often chilling and hard to shake.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Some Velvet Morning is absorbing and enraging, sure to spark debate both about its meaning and its method. More importantly, it’s a phenomenal performance piece, with LaBute capturing the incredible gifts of two masters of pretense.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It's a straightforward, relatively style-free piece, primarily of interest to those who want to hear Zizek's pronouncements. But what distinguishes the film is Zizek's peculiar self-awareness, which borders on paranoia
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While La Sapienza is unsatisfying as drama, it’s frequently beautiful just as a tour through architecturally significant Italian buildings. And it’s intellectually engaging as an elaboration of their larger meaning.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beautifully shot and crisply edited to emphasize the Mass Games' pageantry, but amid the synchronized blocks of performers, Gordon singles out the cranky coaches and giggling schoolgirls, subtly emphasizing how the individual endures even when she's trying hard not to.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    There’s a sketchbook quality to La Última Película; it’s like notes for a movie that never really got made. Because the film is stubbornly unpolished, it all but dares viewers to scratch their heads and say they don’t get it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Taken in the right spirit, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology is a lot of fun, like watching a movie with a friend, then going out for drinks and talking late into the night. Just don’t expect to get a word in edgewise.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The movie as a whole has an immediacy that’s appealing even in its weaker second half.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Given the complexity of this case and of the Satmar/Zionist feud, the documentary would've benefited from some dryly expert talking heads and a more conventional structure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The lack of a splashy style puts the tales of the rescued and their rescuers properly at the center, but whether viewers connect will depend in part on how saturated they are with Holocaust lore.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Kim weaves these clichés into effectively nerve-wracking setpieces, though between the jumps, A Tale Of Two Sisters becomes mired in ponderous melodrama.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Anyone looking for history lessons from Rae's documentary will have to be patient and alert enough to pick through the poetry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Windfall is undeniably persuasive - and is likely advocating on the right side of the wind-farm issue - but the movie's case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Right up until the quake, Aftershock is a bland, sub-"Hangover" comedy about guys on the make in South America. Then finally, blessedly, the ground swallows up these shallow idiots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Queen To Play has a winning heroine, who fantasizes about being special and then works hard to make it happen. Too bad the rest of the movie is so common.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The paltry amount of live performances is a crime. In some ways, Smith singing "Gloria" live would've been all the context anyone would ever need.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The Whole Truth is a moderately clever, reasonably entertaining courtroom drama, which is only a problem given the talent involved with bringing something this middle-of-the-road to the screen.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Vanishing On 7th Street does work well as a kind of mood-piece, observing all the ways we surround ourselves with the illusion of warmth and security, before the shadows creep in.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The tone is so smart-ass that it’s bound to put a lot of viewers into a default defensive posture.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Walker has something important to say with Countdown To Zero, but if this movie were standing on a doorstep with a petition, most reasonable people would sign it quickly and send it on its way, rather than inviting it in to chat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Listening to Berg's characters talk so naturally, honestly, and colorfully about the small, surmountable problems of their daily life is so engaging that whenever Kempner cuts away to another dry historian or fervent fan, it's doubly aggravating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    After the first hour, it's clear the movie isn't going to offer any surprising new insights into messed-up modernity.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Conviction is like "Erin Brockovich" meets "Rudy."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Works best when it isn’t about freezing time and explaining moments in pop-music history, but is instead about guys playing music together.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The main reason for anyone to see One More Time...is Walken, who brings a lot of life and fine shading to what could’ve been a one-note deadbeat dad type.

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