For 892 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: 67
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 892
892 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    By making the jokes more personal, Suleiman charts the process by which the concept of "home" loses its meaning.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Kaboom is pure fantasy in every sense of the word: It's a riff on sexy, sassy teen movies and conspiracy thrillers that at times seems to exist only so Araki can get his beautiful young cast to strip off their clothes and pair off in every conceivable combination, just as he used to do in his earlier, more scandalous films.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Whenever all the pieces are in place, though, Lee reverts to the kind of storytelling he does best.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This is a movie about the casual ways people know each other, even when their relationships are hard to explain-or perhaps even justify.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Black Death bears some similarities to a zombie movie in the way the plague inevitably overtakes the populace, and it also has one foot in the "creepy community" genre, alongside films like "The Wicker Man" and "Two Thousand Maniacs!"
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's also poetic and meditative in a way that never feels pretentious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    My Perestroika is fairly foursquare as documentary filmmaking goes; it isn't stylistically snazzy, nor doggedly vérité. Its closest kin in the genre is Michael Apted's "Up" films, which are similarly focused on how people change over time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Funny, twisty, and sometimes bittersweet, Potiche is a fluffy good time, but not entirely insubstantial.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though Circo is pretty bleak, Schock doesn't skimp on the exotic wonder of a life on the road, surrounded by color and danger.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In the end, Blank City becomes not just a salute to the artistic adventurousness of a bygone New York, but a reminder that new strains of creativity keep emerging, just when the scene looks stalest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Tavernier turns a tale of courtly duty and manners into a tense, twisty drama.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    deWitt's script is much better than anything Jacobs has worked on before, with a story that gets richer as it goes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Woman With The 5 Elephants isn't flawless; as articulate and fascinating as Geier could be, she was also dry at times. But Jendreyko cleverly parcels out her personal history, and he isn't afraid to break up the talkiness with long silences and luminous images.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Mysteries Of Lisbon is an odd kind of epic: It's digressive and even trifling at times, and though a large cast wanders through the frame, the individual scenes tend to be focused on just two or three people, having winding conversations about political intrigue and affairs of the heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The moral to Clash's story? It's surprisingly easy being red.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If The Catechism Cataclysm does have something to say, it's that it's possible to enjoy a trip even when it isn't really going anywhere.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's so much fun that as Tomboy moves toward its conclusion, the inevitable end of Héran's days as Mikael feels like watching someone die.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though The Hunter maintains the same even tone after it turns into a chase thriller, the look begins to resemble the work of William Friedkin and Walter Hill in its clean, elemental approach to action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Anyone could make a film about a theater full of naked women; only Wiseman would take equal interest in the person who handles the ticket-ordering, and the one who makes sure there's a bottle of champagne on every table.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    David Gelb's documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi shows what a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro is like: each morsel prepared simply and perfectly, then replaced by another as soon as the previous piece is consumed, with no repetition of courses. Once an item is gone, it doesn't come back. That's why each one has to be memorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Just as a document of the sheer physical labor that goes into covering a giant canvas with color, Gerhard Richter Painting is never less than absorbing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Gareth Evans' Indonesian martial-arts throwback The Raid: Redemption has a look and feel that resembles the best of '80s cult action movies: half John Carpenter, half John Woo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Larrain crafts Post Mortem as a slow, quiet character study, narrowing in on Castro in his home and office while the world outside descends into madness.
    • 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.

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