For 910 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 7.1 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 910
910 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The notion of a love story that's really about two women becoming friends is gimmicky, I'll grant, but Graynor and Miller are so charming together, and the movie is so focused and funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A comedy of sorts, though to Jacobs' credit, he doesn't aim for cheap laughs.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Bridesmaid goes slack at times, as it follows multiple Magimel family subplots, but as always, Chabrol stages everything with an elegant economy, moving the camera in short bursts that direct the eye but don't distract. Still, the movie would fail completely if not for the dynamic between the two leads.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In the first 15 minutes, viewers may be rolling their eyes at these kids; by the end, they might be eager to re-watch that opening scene, to get to know them all over again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For those who can’t abide conventional biopics, here’s a viable alternative: A Room And A Half, a fantastical, imaginative depiction of the life of Nobel-winning Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The story’s many advances and reversals can be hard to follow at times, but this isn’t really a movie where plot is paramount. Everything boils down to the action, and what that action means.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Aside from the corny title, Anthony Baxter's You've Been Trumped is a fine, powerful piece of documentary filmmaking, using old-fashioned vérité techniques - and more than a little audience manipulation - to show how political influence and media savvy help the wealthy exert their will.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The pleasure of Happy People comes from watching these men go about their work, while they explain that the only way to make it in the taiga is to do and take exactly what's needed, and not get greedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, Cocaine Cowboys' lesson isn't that crime doesn't pay, but that it maybe pays too well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's hard to explain exactly why Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima is so much better than its companion World War II film "Flags Of Our Fathers," except to say that Flags tries too hard to emphasize the ironies of selling a war, while Letters deals with the ins and outs of the war itself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This is a smart, melancholy crime picture, which takes its cues from the title of the perverse old standard Christensen plays on her stereo at night: “You Always Hurt The One You Love.”
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A little too neat, and self-consciously vague at the end. But it's fascinating to observe and try to interpret François' mysterious smile as she eyes her boss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Great World Of Sound is painfully specific about the music-scouting grind.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Berger also shows a dark wit and a faith in old-fashioned melodrama that puts Blancanieves more in the camp of Pedro Almodóvar than Guy Maddin’s golden-age pastiches. (And aside from being silent and a period piece, the movie has almost nothing in common with "The Artist.")
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This isn't a film about abstract social ills, it's about specific people in a specific place, and how they get disturbingly comfortable with theft and violence as a way of life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Funny, twisty, and sometimes bittersweet, Potiche is a fluffy good time, but not entirely insubstantial.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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