For 1,318 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Rosemary's Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1318 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    If the movie is about any one idea in particular, it’s about how parents do their best to stay on top of how their children grow, by taking pictures and documenting the memorable occasions, only to learn too late that most of life happens between the posing.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    After two hours of dazzlingly fantastical images and stomach-turning gore, del Toro winds around, and finds his story's center.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Manchester by the Sea is the kind of movie that doesn’t seem to be headed anywhere in particular for long stretches. And then, almost unexpectedly, it arrives.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Noel Murray
    As Polanski leads the audience step-by-step through Levin’s queasy plot, he pushes them toward a conclusion straight out of a Louvin Brothers gospel song. Oh yes, brethren: Satan is real.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    While the subject matter is difficult, the documentary itself is easy to watch and exciting to grapple with. Its biggest strengths are Jackson’s voice and Baldwin’s commentary, which combine to create a distinctively world-weary tone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    First Cousin Once Removed doesn’t come across as overly demeaning or exploitative, because Berliner himself is so kind to Honig in their meetings. But it’s hard to deny that Berliner is using Honig’s deteriorating condition as fodder for his art, just as it’s hard to deny that Berliner’s willingness to risk that criticism is what makes First Cousin Once Removed such a great film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    Maitland’s experimental approach to a tricky subject leaves viewers with a deeper understanding of a terrible moment in American history.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The film is best treated as a one-of-a-kind wonder: an ingenious contraption that dazzles, teases, attracts, and repels with all the mystery and sublimity of a miniature world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's also poetic and meditative in a way that never feels pretentious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Only Yesterday is animated, but rarely cartoony, in either its design or its storytelling.
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    A Prophet has been compared to American TV series like "Oz" for its episodic plot and large cast, but it’s more like a Gallic "Goodfellas": thoroughly absorbing, exciting, even poetic. It’s a full evening’s entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Without ever saying exactly what her heroine is thinking, Holmer captures a lot of what she’s feeling. And what Toni’s going through should be familiar to anyone who had an awkward puberty — which is to say, nearly everyone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The two main points Persepolis makes are that strife is relative, and all politics are personal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The Act Of Killing raises all kinds of provocative questions about the sins of nations in transition, and about how important it is for those in power to control the narrative.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    von Donnersmarck gives his debut feature, The Lives Of Others, no particular style, and the absence of visual risk-taking renders an exciting premise ponderous and stolid.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    It's a story worth telling, yes--but after 90 minutes, it's hard not to wonder if the storyteller can talk about anything else.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Throughout The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, even when it gets bogged down in too much story, the animation is so gorgeous that any given frame could pass for a masterwork.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Noel Murray
    The digressiveness of Y Tu Mamá También is its masterstroke.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A beautifully choreographed and photographed story about tradition and modernity in rural Asia.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Rat Film doesn’t really make an impassioned political statement. Instead, Anthony assembles striking, allusive pictures and sounds into a one-of-a-kind experience, meant to provoke thought.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Noel Murray
    L'Enfant is intended as a pointed critique of pop culture's celebration of arrested adolescence. The title could refer to Renier's baby, Renier himself, or even the gang of schoolboy robbers that he's gathered around himself.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Whenever all the pieces are in place, though, Lee reverts to the kind of storytelling he does best.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The film is a stirring salute to human ingenuity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Noel Murray
    This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood at its most poignant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    It’s not easy to make a movie as beautiful as Brooklyn, where the stakes are low but the outcome really matters. This is an old-fashioned entertainment, but one so masterfully crafted and heartfelt that it’s hard not to love.

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