For 887 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 The Child
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 887
887 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    In keeping with Jóhann Jóhannsson's score - alternately ominous, triumphant, and elegiac - The Miners' Hymns plays on the broader emotions of the subject. The film is all about the mysterious world down below, how camaraderie turned to conflict, and the nagging feeling of loss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Think of Not Quite Hollywood as a vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Tim’s Vermeer is more of an engineering lecture. And while it’s edifying in and of itself, it’s almost more fascinating because of the reasons it never transforms into anything else.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s more gentle and fanciful in tone, and though it’s as episodic and digressive as Jodorowsky’s best-known work, the various pieces add up to a clear, not-so-odd narrative.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Even though Gondry and Chomsky’s very different sensibilities don’t mesh in such a way that either man’s work gains substantially from the alliance, they’re each such good company individually that Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? is still entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It's the most obvious point that actually rings truest: that Wilder's sketchy vision of life, love, and death is as funny and moving as it ever was.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Patience reveals through images and tone as well as through the interviews how Sebald yearned for restorative meaning in the places he toured, only to end up lost in thought.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all Crowley's reliance on quiet naturalism, Boy A ultimately steals a page from film noir, showing how guilt and constant hounding can turn any ex-con into the desperate animal everyone presumes him to be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    What’s missing from The Punk Singer is real friction or ambiguity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Terror's Advocate offers a useful summary of the last half-century of global politics, and how changing public perceptions can make goats out of heroes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The director deserves kudos for setting her movie during such a gray, dreary Toronto winter. It couldn't have been easy to find a climate that so resembles adolescence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s a little frustrating at first to realize that Huber isn’t going to get much explanation of anything from Stanton. But she ends up making a virtue of the actor’s Zen calm.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    May be too heady to take in one sitting. Even given relatively calm passages-like a hushed tour through the courtyard of a Scottish castle or a mediation on ripples in a pond-there's just too much to absorb.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The documentary seems a little structureless and unfocused at times, as Akers moves from dramatic moment to dramatic moment, not always taking care to connect them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    As tense and taut as any crime saga, but the stakes are more personal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Too shaggy at times, with digressions into science and history that come out flat and awkward. But there's a sweet, unshakeable poetry in the main idea of the film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A historical epic with elements of wu xia, supernatural thrillers, and drawing-room murder mysteries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Crude is so crammed with facts and figures that it can be a little dizzying, but what’s more important is what Berlinger records between all the talking-head interviews and vérité footage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Flags as it heads toward a moralistic ending, complete with a couple of contrived (albeit charged) sexual encounters, but it's heartening that it soars as long as it does.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Seems too subtle at times and too obvious at others, but Hamer strings together pieces of conversation and layers of voyeurism (everybody in the movie is watching somebody) into a moving study of the perils of presumption.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Up to the last five minutes, Poison Friends stays true to that heady, idealistic-to-a-fault world of academia.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    At times, Treeless Mountain almost feels like a fairy tale--but without the magic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The relentless negativity in Must Read After My Death can become overwhelming at times, but it's undeniably mesmerizing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Guerrilla still holds up as social history, primarily because its description of seething frustration in a divided America has become spookily relevant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Anjelica Huston's directorial debut employs an impressive cast, and at times showcases a promising sense of style. But Bastard Out Of Carolina seems hollow at its center, due largely to the fact that Anne Meredith's screenplay doesn't make very good use of its source material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If the film has a significant flaw, it's that Venditti never explains in the film how she found Billy, or why she's interested in him. Billy The Kid often plays more like an extended home movie than something intentional and artful.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance, showing communities gathering to stack sandbags, then gathering again to dig out of the muck after their previous efforts failed.