For 914 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 7 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: 27 out of 914
914 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Mostly, though, the pleasure of The Love We Make comes from watching one of the most famous musicians in the world looking totally chill, whether he's rehearsing with his band or casually chatting with Bill Clinton.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Imposter strings the audience along, to get them to understand first-hand how easy it is to buy into a well-told story, even when there's no evidence to support it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Nothing about Exiled is as resonant as To's best work, but it's a clever homage to Sam Peckinpah, right down to the clouds of bloody mist that fill the barroom as To's anti-heroes make their last stand.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Like a lot of folk tales, Ten Canoes peters out into something more prosaic than profound, but it flows like water, and has a deceptively gentle pull that proves hard to escape.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It’s all lovely and sweet, and while this story might’ve been just as engaging in live action, Miyazaki’s animation does clear away the extraneous detail, re-creating the world of 50 years ago and instilling it with the poignancy of a family snapshot.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    At times, Treeless Mountain almost feels like a fairy tale--but without the magic.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Return is unusually attuned to its protagonist's alienation, which is especially painful because its source isn't some horrendous event she witnessed, but the hundreds of annoying aspects of everyday life.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A beautifully choreographed and photographed story about tradition and modernity in rural Asia.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Day He Arrives is a talky movie, full of long, boozy scenes and cosmic coincidences - and in that it echoes Allen, as well as Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, and the best of British kitchen-sink drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As always with Hong's films, Oki's Movie goes through stretches where it seems aimless and self-indulgent, followed by stretches where it's sharp, funny, and poetic.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This is a crime story with little to no interest in the who or the why, but only the what and the how. It's a reverse-procedural, tracking not the solution of a crime, but all of its awful particulars.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    What's most valuable about Side By Side is how comprehensive it is in documenting how the art form changed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's more clever than funny, but it's very clever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Most likely, The Autobiography Of Nicolae Ceausescu will mean the most to actual Romanians, who will recognize the locations and fashions, and may even know what the government's documentarians left out of the picture. But the movie offers plenty to captivate even outsiders.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier’s ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn. It’s also the most lush-looking movie von Trier has made in about 20 years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    These moments, enjoyable and arcane, may not add up to a masterpiece. But they're uniquely Weerasethakul's.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While Jonestown lacks the power of revelation, it's a first-rate piece of journalism, as fascinating and thorough as any magazine article.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Writer-director Jeff Nichols re-teams with his "Shotgun Stories" star Michael Shannon for his second feature, Take Shelter, which has a similar setting, but a different mood. Nichols is still concerned with family legacies, and the ways people in smaller communities relate to each other, but Take Shelter is slower and smoother, deliberately developing a mood of creeping dread.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The sports drama gives The Iran Job a strong hook, while the cultural context enriches the movie's real story, which is less about Sheppard's life in Iran than about the people he meets.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Most viewers should find the documentary Battle For Brooklyn gripping and provocative, no matter their opinions about eminent domain, historic preservation, or public dollars going to support private development.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Just as the plot combines fantastical and biographical elements-some of it is reportedly based on Satrapi's own family legends-so the filmmaking veers from straightforward to more outsized. The tonal shifts don't always work.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Unlike Salvadori's previous comedy, 2003's "Après Vous," Priceless is less preposterous, and more grounded in character.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though not exactly a "comedy" of manners, since it's more melancholy than funny, The Duchess Of Langeais is very much concerned with how the rules of social etiquette interfere with raw human need.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Still, no matter how Grebin and Nigro are selling it, American Cannibal isn't about the horrors of reality TV. It's about guys like Roberts and Ripley, who convince themselves that ANY job in show business would be preferable to waiting tables.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Tavernier turns a tale of courtly duty and manners into a tense, twisty drama.

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