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 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 933
933 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Ewing and Grady practically squander the African material, and The Boys Of Baraka doesn't really come to life until the boys return to Baltimore for what turns out to be a permanent summer vacation, due to political unrest overseas.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    While Mammoth is frequently poignant and beautifully acted--especially by Williams, who’s so lost and lonely that she becomes casually cruel--the movie lacks the personal touch that’s distinguished even Moodysson’s “difficult” films.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The gold standard for the modern monster movie remains "Tremors," which combines genuine thrills with clever plot twists and distinctive characters. By contrast, Black Sheep has a bunch of one-note living jokes running around willy-nilly while being chased by killer sheep.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It doesn't help that Sullivan has twice as much screen time and half as much charisma as Braun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It’s a pleasure just to spend 85 minutes looking at Corbijn’s photos and videos, but as a character sketch (which is really all this documentary is), Inside Out is, perhaps appropriately, pretty spare.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    MacLachlan hasn’t given his main character anything revelatory to do or say. Goodbye To All That is mostly just a series of vignettes, detailing Otto’s sexual misadventures. And even those don’t amount to much.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Finishing The Game doesn't get anywhere that "Hollywood Shuffle" didn't go to first, even if it has its own set of specific complaints about how show business treats Asians.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Hellion lingers for most of its running time in a betwixt-and-between place, never becoming either the sublime character sketch or the overripe melodrama it alternately promises to be.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    In spite of a little bit of sex and a lot of strong profanity, Ordinary Sinner is pretty reminiscent of an old Afterschool Special.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    As documentary moviemaking, though, Ellis and Mueller's work falls a little flat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Three Stars works best as straight-up food-porn.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Pierrepoint is handsomely crafted and well-acted, but its sense of scale is as constricted as a noose.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    There's little here that's especially cage-rattling or side-splitting. Ultimately, Allah only made these guys mildly likable.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The Edge Of Love is more like a museum piece, placing historical figures in frozen positions, and asking us to judge them as the curators do.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    4
    In spite of a handful of striking images--4 never resolves into anything special.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Since there's no plot, just a series of anecdotes, much of the meaning in the movie version of On The Road is meta-textual, relying on the viewers' knowledge of who Kerouac was, and how the novel's vision of America differed from how most of the rest of popular culture documented the '50s.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Assisted Living gets a little better as it wears on, and at least it's refreshingly short.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Given the gift of Posey at the peak of her powers, Cassavetes squanders her star in low-key, go-nowhere conversations, shot without flair and drained of any improvisatory energy.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Ends up being another one of those life-of-an-entertainer films that reduces an artist to his most embarrassing moments.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Ultimately as fascinating as it is frustrating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Loktev's efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Drenner’s overall approach here is too limiting for a character sketch—which may be why That Guy Dick Miller frequently veers off-topic.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Something is missing here.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Angels Crest has weaknesses that are tough to overcome. It relies too much on two particularly played-out indie clichés: a spare, plunky soundtrack, and a narrative structure that teases out characters' backstory far longer than necessary.

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