For 845 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 7.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Child
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 845
845 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Well-plotted, with a strong lead performance by Michael Shannon, and a fair amount of authentic regional flavor. It isn't really meant to be a treatise on Southern life. At heart, it's a country-fried genre film, minus the peppery white gravy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Unlike Salvadori's previous comedy, 2003's "Après Vous," Priceless is less preposterous, and more grounded in character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Body Of War purposefully depicts an America in turmoil. But it also depicts an America far more capable of living with contradictions than the "Red State/Blue State"-obsessed cable-news pundits would have us believe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Akin divides The Edge Of Heaven into thirds, and ends the first two sections with emotionally devastating scenes of violence, before easing into a third section that deals with the repercussions and lessons learned.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Attempts to look beyond the hysteria and consider exactly how and why a culture that values physical power has internalized the idea that steroid use in sports is a scourge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    All told, Ellison is a fascinating person to spend 96 minutes with. But you probably shouldn't risk that 97th.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Describing the early stages of their sexual attraction, Bachardy sums up the whole outrageously fortunate arc of his life. "It was exactly what the boy wanted," Bachardy says. "And he flourished."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    To The Limit is full of a lot of talk about "risk" and "dreams" and "making the impossible possible," and Danquart's stabs at making this an inspirational tale can be a little exhausting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Falls short of being a great film because it lacks a certain ambition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Julian Schnabel's concert film Lou Reed's Berlin presents the album's 10 songs with a force they've rarely shown before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    So The Order Of Myths' central question remains tantalizingly unanswered: When a society respects its old-growth trees so much that they let the roots crack the sidewalks, are they being noble or ignorant?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A comedy of sorts, though to Jacobs' credit, he doesn't aim for cheap laughs.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Yhough Obscene tells the story without fully exploring its nuances, that story is both fascinating and more than a little inspiring.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Typically, Leigh withholds his own judgment as to whether Hawkins is a delight or a terror. But he does create a noticeable tension between the audience's expectations and the way the story plays out.
    • 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
    Arijon's choice to film the survivors returning to the Andes with their children pays huge dividends, leading to an ending that puts the real meaning of their ordeal in moving terms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Hunger may be criticized for being willfully arty, or for reducing a complex political situation to a broadly allegorical vision of martyrdom, but it's never less than visually stunning.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Mostly though, the movie feeds off Rourke, who plays a genuinely decent guy who never lets his dawning self-awareness interfere with his responsibility to give the fans a show.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Wajda makes the murders look horrific and jangled, like something out of "Hostel," then ends Katyn with extended darkness and silence, allowing the audience to mourn for the death of a nation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As always, Kurosawa masterfully controls his film's framing and sound design, and as always, the painstakingly precise mise-en-scene can feel a little overdone at times.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A beautifully choreographed and photographed story about tradition and modernity in rural Asia.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    At times, Treeless Mountain almost feels like a fairy tale--but without the magic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Revanche is, first and foremost, a good story, craftily told.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The movie ends abruptly, setting up an epilogue that viewers will have to provide for themselves. Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there’s a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Primarily though, the film works as a tour de force for McHattie--a veteran character actor making the most of his character’s long, fluid monologues--and as a sly commentary on journalistic responsibility.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
    • 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.