For 1,072 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 5 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 The Final Project
Score distribution:
1072 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The particulars of her situation are well-imagined, but Wolman's characters remain little more than mouthpieces.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Taking Sides is really no less simplistic than "Sunshine," but its predecessor succeeded because of its length and scope. Taking Sides stays rooted in one place and one discussion, and never gets anywhere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Balseros doesn't fully measure up to Michael Apted's work because of the dingy quality of its video-to-film transfer, as well as flaws inherent to a project that started as one type of documentary and ended up as another--namely, that the filmmakers didn't ask enough of the right questions in the first two installments to make the third fully connect.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Sports broad, sitcom-ish performances and a surprising amount of sweetness and wisdom.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It doesn't help that Sullivan has twice as much screen time and half as much charisma as Braun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    While the players are circling and silently sizing each other up, the audience may find itself straining to look around them, to see the history they're blocking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    A clean, tasteful drama (sex scenes aside) that's designed to attract Anglophiles who can't resist green lawns, falling leaves, precise diction, and a clean sound mix.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The two of them (Washington/Mendez) together, playing police-procedural dodgeball, make for a good movie. Too bad there are other people on the team, and that the pre-game show runs so long.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though the oppressive artiness makes the early scenes fairly ridiculous, the director's odd methods add rare tension to the climax, as it becomes evident that the finale won't be so predictable in Campion's hands.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Grapples with tough subject matter, and earns a little leeway in its approach.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The situation plays out in a haze of shouting and debauchery so excessive that it becomes silly. The movie looks great and sounds great--apart from what the people in it do and say.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Ultimately as fascinating as it is frustrating.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    While Saints And Sinners will strike some as a refreshingly even-toned social study, it's also a documentary heavy on talking heads and low on real drama. It's beautifully shot and deeply felt, but, for the most part, hearing a description of the film is as good as watching it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    In their attempt to make rural life look magical, Scott and Pouliot dehumanize their characters, substituting quirks for true individuality.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    As documentary moviemaking, though, Ellis and Mueller's work falls a little flat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Miike has served up some of the most dumbfounding images in contemporary cinema.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though Robbins acts a little stiff, Morton remains stunning throughout, playing a mixture of her wide-eyed, deeply sensitive characters from "Morvern Callar" and "Minority Report." She suggests worlds within worlds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It's hard to know what's really happening in the movie versus what's merely running through the characters' heads, and the poignant final shot muddies the picture even more, raising the question of just when (or if) the story jumps from real to imaginary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Too many of these characters behave like they just stepped out of a Noel Coward production.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though clumsy, Particles Of Truth isn't hopeless. Before turning to filmmaking, Elster made her living as a celebrity fashion stylist, so she has a good eye for color, motion, and the feel of New York in summer. And, because she worked primarily on music videos, she uses music well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Di Florio loses her grip on Liuzzo's story whenever she lapses into generalities. But when Di Florio gets into the specifics of her subject's legacy, Home Of The Brave stands out as both relevant and moving.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Guerrilla still holds up as social history, primarily because its description of seething frustration in a divided America has become spookily relevant.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Anyone who thinks Beyond The Sea is a movie about Bobby Darin isn't paying close enough attention.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The main problem with The Promised Land is that Jhally and Ratzkoff are eager to foster dissent, but not to invite it into their own movie. Their talking heads sound rehearsed and repetitive, and the righteous anger dissipates without a contrary opinion to provide a ceiling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Assisted Living gets a little better as it wears on, and at least it's refreshingly short.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though the whole of Freak Weather is too forced and fitful, significant stretches of the movie hold together. McKenzie gives a magnetic performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though it's equally concerned with sensitive young criminals in squalid communities, Schizo is no "City Of God," for better and worse.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    In spite of good performances and colorful design, The Rider Named Death is too grave and remote to stir much emotion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The documentary is fair-minded but vague, and disturbing only when it describes the cat-killing in gruesome detail...Someone should take another crack at this story. Call it "The Art Of Killing Of A Movie."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    More speculative than deeply felt.

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