For 1,203 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Under the Shadow
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1203 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    They Will Have to Kill Us First doesn't offer much of a primer on Mali's political or cultural histories — which is the movie's biggest weakness. But Schwartz did capture some remarkable footage of musicians who've spent the last few years taking tentative steps to reclaim what makes their nation special.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    You Will Be My Son works best when it’s at its most unforced, and when the world of wine-making—with its anticipation of the season’s cycles and its fascination with subtle changes in flavor—intersects naturally with the life of a European business leader who has skewed priorities.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For people who are Minutemen fans and movie buffs, We Jam Econo is kind of a mixed blessing. Watt and Hurley tell the Minutemen story well, but Irwin relies too much on corroborating interviews from punk vets like Flea and Ian MacKaye, who talk about how great the band was without offering much fresh insight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The Take tells a compelling story of courageous, industrious people, but it begs for a second act.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The Phenom may be choppy, but it’s saying something sincere about how the pressure to be thought of as a winner can be an athlete’s most formidable opponent.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The writer-director's overthinking on the matter is part of what's wrong with her debut film, which is sensitively shot, deeply felt, and dry as dirt.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While the movie isn’t a consistently riveting four hours, Hoogendijk does keep finding images and moments that demystify the museum business while making the art seem all the more magical.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Marking...does her best to keep it lively, mixing in actual security-camera footage and animated re-creations, along with pieces of old tourist promotions, newsreels, and industrial films. But Smash & Grab’s overall tone is too reserved, given the subject matter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The paltry amount of live performances is a crime. In some ways, Smith singing "Gloria" live would've been all the context anyone would ever need.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    That seems to be one of the main theses of Unforgivable: that nothing is as dramatic as it appears, and presuming otherwise means risking unnecessary trouble and pain.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    That’s the nature of Truth: a promising build-up, dead-ending into prosaic pontification.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Spinning Plates is a slow starter... But the documentary finds more of a rhythm once it moves beyond generalities and starts getting into particulars.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Birth Of The Living Dead excels in Kuhns’ gathering of critics, academics, and filmmakers to analyze how and why the film works so well.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    As documentary moviemaking, though, Ellis and Mueller's work falls a little flat.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, all the metafictions and social commentary are too vague to have any meaning, beyond giving Johnson a foundational justification for this movie. But while The Dirties is in some ways appalling, it’s also effective.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Windfall is undeniably persuasive - and is likely advocating on the right side of the wind-farm issue - but the movie's case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Kim weaves these clichés into effectively nerve-wracking setpieces, though between the jumps, A Tale Of Two Sisters becomes mired in ponderous melodrama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While Memphis is similar in style and in assurance to the lower-ambition Pavilion, it reaches toward something it can’t fully grasp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil is too slick and too cute; Tudyk and Labine are terrific comic actors, but the movie might've been better served by less-recognizable faces.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Writer-director Dan Rush could've approached this material in dozens of ways, but the way he chooses-turning it into an occasionally wry, ever-earnest dramedy-is precisely the wrong one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    What saves 1001 Grams from being excruciatingly cute is that it does have a clean look and a pleasant tone, and it’s about a subject that’s both unusual and entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    It might've mattered to the audience too, if we had any inkling from the first hour of The Robber who this guy is, or why we should care what happens to him.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Noel Murray
    The drama feels factory-cut and shrink-wrapped, with each of three kids' stories following predictably twisty paths to ironically hopeful conclusions.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    If the people in Chrystal are intended to be authentic, why do none of them look like they've ever seen the inside of a Wal-Mart?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 42 Noel Murray
    At times plays like a case study more than a drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Testin and Berg's work here is definitely promising, suggesting something better from both of them down the road.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It’s about deeper fears, and realer monsters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Ultimately though, apart from the ages of the protagonists, Cloud 9 is a standard-issue infidelity story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    At first, the movie is offbeat enough to be entertaining anyway; but like the title character, it quickly outstays its welcome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    After the first hour, it's clear the movie isn't going to offer any surprising new insights into messed-up modernity.

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