For 1,205 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 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1205 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beyond the Gates is more imaginative than frightening, and Stewart and co-writer Stephen Scarlata take too long to get to the good parts, killing time with long dialogue scenes where the characters pause interminably between lines.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    It’s a mash-up of familiar genre elements—too familiar, frankly—given a welcome sense of scope and shading by the location.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    At its best, Running From Crazy is a powerful portrait of a woman who’s wrested control of her life by understanding the patterns her relatives fell into, and consciously breaking them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    La Petite Lili isn't conventional or crowd-pleasing enough to appeal to audiences who like their foreign films safely sentimental, but it's also not daring enough for those who expect art to hurt a little.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    This is the first act of a better movie, stretched to fill a feature.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While Murdoch exhibits masterful control in a recording studio, he isn’t a natural-born filmmaker. Much of God Help The Girl feels haphazardly stitched together, with pieces missing or placed in the wrong order, as though Murdoch didn’t get all the footage he needed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Baskin won't be for everybody, but it's well made and imaginatively upsetting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Miike has served up some of the most dumbfounding images in contemporary cinema.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    The main reason for anyone to see One More Time...is Walken, who brings a lot of life and fine shading to what could’ve been a one-note deadbeat dad type.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The less oblique and more direct the movie gets, the worse it is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The Tony Scott version of Tarantino comes out vulgar; the graphic violence and profanity-laced posturing represent everything that the wannabes soon used to exhaust audiences. Nevertheless, True Romance contains so many unforgettable moments.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Say this for Albert Nobbs: It's not some run-of-the-mill "life lived in service" drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    As with Rossi's acclaimed documentary "Page One: Inside the New York Times," "First Monday" covers too much ground.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    While Saints And Sinners will strike some as a refreshingly even-toned social study, it's also a documentary heavy on talking heads and low on real drama. It's beautifully shot and deeply felt, but, for the most part, hearing a description of the film is as good as watching it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though Robbins acts a little stiff, Morton remains stunning throughout, playing a mixture of her wide-eyed, deeply sensitive characters from "Morvern Callar" and "Minority Report." She suggests worlds within worlds.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The main problem with The Promised Land is that Jhally and Ratzkoff are eager to foster dissent, but not to invite it into their own movie. Their talking heads sound rehearsed and repetitive, and the righteous anger dissipates without a contrary opinion to provide a ceiling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    There’s an element of parlor trickery here that the movie’s never entirely able to overcome.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Generation War never becomes great, but it overcomes its stiff start in large part due to its scope.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Assisted Living gets a little better as it wears on, and at least it's refreshingly short.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Noel Murray
    Bercot moves the characters up and down like lines on a chart, never granting full access to what any of them are thinking. And access is what Backstage promised.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Moreau is magnetic as the wise-but-neurotic scribe, though the same can't be said of Demarigny, whose timid portrayal of a reverent fanboy sucks the energy out of most of his scenes. Dayan's direction is even more problematic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The filmmaking here is flat, straight, and thoroughly lacking in poetry, and the script--co-written by Cattaneo, Rice, and Phil Traill--tells instead of showing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Nods at objectivity but announces its activist intentions throughout.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Philibert allows even those who’ve never heard a second of Radio France to experience what the network is like, on both sides of the speakers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    Bob Byington’s 7 Chinese Brothers is no "Listen Up Philip," but it’s an amiable enough slacker comedy, boosted by its star.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Three Stars works best as straight-up food-porn.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Since there's no plot, just a series of anecdotes, much of the meaning in the movie version of On The Road is meta-textual, relying on the viewers' knowledge of who Kerouac was, and how the novel's vision of America differed from how most of the rest of popular culture documented the '50s.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    The result is a movie that feels both fussed-over and meaninglessly cruel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Noel Murray
    At 70 minutes, Douchebag feels both rushed and way too slack, but the bigger problem is that the kind of characters and humor this movie traffics in can be found in a more compact, amusing package on the average FX show.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    As documentary drama, 39 Pounds Of Love is as ungainly, blunt, and icky as its title.

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