For 1,274 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1274 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    What saves Chinese Puzzle—making it not just tolerable, but likable—is how well Klapisch uses New York. The movie embraces the whole city.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though it's equally concerned with sensitive young criminals in squalid communities, Schizo is no "City Of God," for better and worse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It's a shame that a movie about the pope as a man shows such scant fascination with the actual papacy - or with humanity, for that matter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The parts of Finding Fela that best handle the tricky nuances of Kuti’s worldview are the parts that show Jones and the Fela! creative team grappling with those same questions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Cutesy and slight, but it's also polished and well-lit, and Muyl makes a weeklong hike roll by pleasantly, reducing it to about 80 minutes of screen time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Well-produced and engaging, but it’s also anecdotal and conspiratorial, and damnably non-confrontational.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Good Kill’s hero is both unsympathetic and uninteresting. That’s partly intentional. Niccol means to show how the drone program can reduce a formerly good man to mush. But making that point comes at the expense of making a nuanced, vibrant motion picture.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    A corporate crime thriller that explores the relationships of women in power, but while Corneau delivers a slick, well-acted piece with a surprising mid-movie twist, Love Crime is too thin and too on-point to deliver the jolt he and co-screenwriter Nathalie Carter most likely intended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The Other Son's setup is too contrived, carried along by conversations that are either confrontational or artificially elusive.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Grapples with tough subject matter, and earns a little leeway in its approach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beautifully shot and crisply edited to emphasize the Mass Games' pageantry, but amid the synchronized blocks of performers, Gordon singles out the cranky coaches and giggling schoolgirls, subtly emphasizing how the individual endures even when she's trying hard not to.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The Piersons are warm, funny people, and most of Reel Paradise shows them comically bickering with each other and laughing at the absurdity of the whole project.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The main problem with Him is that it takes the form of a generic indie dramedy about a hard-luck dude, desperate for a turnaround in his personal and professional life... Him does have a few scattered moments of Her-like insight and vitality, though.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Too much of Ari Folman’s half-animated science-fiction feature The Congress feels just a bit off—but every now and then, the concept, the performances, and Folman’s visual flair combine to produce something extraordinary.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    There’s a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that’s disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The absence of style can be numbing, but it serves a purpose, positioning the documentary as a public record, not a work of art. As such, the film is eye-opening.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    As Laggies piles up one scene after another of Megan’s boyfriend and all her old high-school chums acting exaggeratedly square, the movie’s comic point of view becomes overpoweringly sour and predictable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Every time Peaches Does Herself seems to be falling into an inescapable rut of sneering and shock, Peaches comes up with with an image that deepens the whole endeavor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The grubby melodrama should appeal to adventurous moviegoers — and to the director’s small-but-fervent cult — but even that crowd should brace themselves for something slow-paced and opaque.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Compared to other, similar offbeat monster movies, Grabbers is under-realized. It isn’t as smartly plotted or funny as Tremors, nor as politically charged as The Host.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    There’s a sketchbook quality to La Última Película; it’s like notes for a movie that never really got made. Because the film is stubbornly unpolished, it all but dares viewers to scratch their heads and say they don’t get it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Nolte almost makes it work.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The problem is that Hughes fails to imbue this homage with anything personal. Aside from splicing together a policier and a Western, there's no spin here, just a checklist of clichés.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For those fans who don't mind enduring some tedium and confusion, Yakuza Apocalypse at least offers something memorably bizarre.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Still, after an hour and a half of exquisite photography and mushy action, audiences may well ask the unspoken question that plays across the faces of the Rolling Family clan right before the closing credits. Was it worth it?

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