For 933 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 933
933 movie reviews
    • 26 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    It's no "trip through the dark to appreciate the light." It's a nightmare from start to finish.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    If only Snow Cake had hewed closer to this idea of showing what an adult autist's life and experiences are like, rather than getting caught up in Rickman's rote re-awakening, it could've been as powerful as it strains to be.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    As an expression of from-the-gut anti-war rage, Redacted is admirable, but as art, it's undercooked.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The film seems even more one-note when compared to the recent indie feature "Chop Shop," which also follows young immigrant hustlers in NYC, yet takes the time to provide a fuller picture of the city and its opportunities. Zalla prefers to wallow in the dead-end, an approach that's initially powerful, then numbing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Full Grown Men often becomes as intolerably silly as the twee Amerindies it's reacting to.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The movie is exciting at times, moving at times, and watchable throughout, but fans of The Germs and L.A. punk may start to pine for what's missing around the time Michele Hicks shows up.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    A respectable enough little ghost story, but it loses a lot of sparkle by being similar to such other guy-talks-to-the-dead thrillers as "The Sixth Sense" and "Ghost Town."
    • 25 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Most of the last hour of Memorial Day feels like a retread at least, and horribly exploitative at worst.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Though The Informers is by no means great--nor wholly true to the vision of Ellis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Jarecki--moments sprinkled throughout the film capture Ellis' particular mix of flip yuppie satire and lived-in paranoia better than any big-screen version of his work to date.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    What Goes Up has a one-of-a-kind character in Coogan, a cynic with a savior complex, who lies partly out of convenience, and partly because he knows--as Glatzer and Lawson know--that even a messy story can still inspire.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Isn't slow-paced. It’s slick and audience-friendly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Ultimately though, apart from the ages of the protagonists, Cloud 9 is a standard-issue infidelity story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Amreeka lacks the sense of humor that set "Aliens In America" apart--and frankly, it’s rarely as insightful about the biases and strengths either of Arab émigrés or of sheltered Midwesterners.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    While the actors are game, their characters are awfully generic.
    • 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Survival has lots of those clever kills; Romero just doesn't provide enough reason for them to be.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    At 70 minutes, Douchebag feels both rushed and way too slack, but the bigger problem is that the kind of characters and humor this movie traffics in can be found in a more compact, amusing package on the average FX show.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Conviction is like "Erin Brockovich" meets "Rudy."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The book may have been too unwieldy for Roos to wrangle. There's a lot of story (and backstory) here, which Roos tries to squeeze in every which way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    It might've mattered to the audience too, if we had any inkling from the first hour of The Robber who this guy is, or why we should care what happens to him.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The smartest move that McGlynn makes in Rejoice And Shout is to let those old performances run on at length.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    A corporate crime thriller that explores the relationships of women in power, but while Corneau delivers a slick, well-acted piece with a surprising mid-movie twist, Love Crime is too thin and too on-point to deliver the jolt he and co-screenwriter Nathalie Carter most likely intended.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is too slick and too cute; Tudyk and Labine are terrific comic actors, but the movie might've been better served by less-recognizable faces.
    • 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.

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