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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Though Wings Of Desire has a classic look, its mood and style is New Wave in every sense of the term. The synthesis of deep thought, leisurely pacing, and stunning visuals is in the spirit of work by the young European filmmakers of the '60s and '70s. (Reviewed in 2003 for DVD Release)
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    It’s simultaneously tricky and profound—a documentary about something small that gradually grows to cover so much more.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Do the undeniably Malick-derived qualities of The Better Angels work against it, or is the film all the more special for being, essentially, a bonus Malick picture? To be fair to Edwards, a lot about The Better Angels sets it apart from Malick.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Going strictly by plot description, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox sounds a little like an Indian knock-off of a Nicholas Sparks movie, but it plays out more like Brief Encounter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Here’s a seemingly twee movie that ultimately, surprisingly argues that some music isn’t for everybody, some people are too broken to fix, and some would-be artists are better off in the audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Darkman is funny, but it’s no joke; it’s the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they’re timeless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    So far, Nymphomaniac looks like a major work from a major director: a compendium of all von Trier’s career-long preoccupations with gender roles, authoritarianism, religion, obsessive behavior, and lust.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    What makes Informant so effective is that while its focus is on Darby, the story has a larger scope.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    A sumptuously moody memory play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Happy Valley’s subject matter is difficult, but not Bar-Lev’s approach, which unfolds like an outstanding piece of long-form magazine reportage, taking into account history, culture, and the personalities of multiple major characters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The family's few lines of dialogue are so integral to advancing the story that they may well have been scripted, but it's not that important whether The Story Of The Weeping Camel is more fiction than objective ethnography. If anything, the contrast between what's real and what may have been faked only adds to the tension between the natural world and encroaching modernism.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    A documentary that’s both impressionistic and informative—admiring the magic of dance even in its formative stages, while also turning the making of art into a kind of procedural.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    De Oliveira wraps A Talking Picture with a simultaneous introduction and farewell--a bold curtain-dropper that's either a bleak joke or an imprecisely controlled scream of rage.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The Elkabetzes don’t need the audience to have any firsthand experience of what Viviane and Elisha are actually like at home. Gett works better if the viewer has to puzzle out the truth from testimony, asides, and outbursts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    With Mysterious Skin, Araki burrowed into the hearts and minds of his audience, looking to provide his viewers with Neil and Brian’s deeper understanding of how to piece together a fractured life, then go looking for the fragments that are still buried deep.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's a hyper-violent, self-conscious throwback, with the sickly plastic aroma of a tape that's been gathering dust in the corner of a video store since 1984.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    More essay than documentary—and by no means a monster movie--Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo takes a closer look at the Japanese obsession with insect-collecting, and considers it as a partial explanation of the country’s national character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There's nothing surprising about the arc of Kold's story, but Matthiesen and his cast have created a believable space, and that ultimately helps give Teddy Bear the tension of a fine suspense film once Kold sits down across the kitchen table from Steentoft to speak his mind at last.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though 2 Or 3 Things' central irony is blunt, Ludin's tone remains measured throughout, and never self-serving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Universe deals extensively with Haring's personal life--his open homosexuality, his regular visits with his family, etc.--but it doesn't penetrate too far below the surface.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    On its own merits, though, West Of Memphis is a well-assembled, well-argued documentary that shows how America's advocacy model of trial law can lead to government representatives spinning stories they know are probably untrue, then using their authority to stand strong against any alternate theory, no matter how many millions of people believe it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, Meet The Fokkens isn't a documentary about elderly hookers; it's about two women forced into a hard life by circumstance, who tried to make the best of their situation, and are trying still.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Cracks stumbles down the stretch, when the melodrama finally washes in and the behavior becomes more extreme.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    These characters are still rich, and their potential growth still compelling. Here's hoping we meet them again in another five years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Make no mistake: The Trip is a fine, funny movie. But there's no reason why it couldn't have been even finer and funnier.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What's missing from Mozart's Sister, though, is the kind of fervor that made "Amadeus" so memorable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    About A Son may not let in anybody who doesn't already have one foot in Nirvana's doorway, but those people are invited in fully, to experience the contradictions and preoccupations of a man whose music defined his era.

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