For 1,182 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 3.8 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:
1182 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Noel Murray
    The movie is first fascinating, then terrifying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Noel Murray
    The affection audiences feel for A Christmas Story is related to the holiday spirit, yes, but specifically to Clark and Shepherd's awareness of how the true meaning of Christmas manifests in the real world, where a warm meal on a cold, dark day—and a surprising moment of parental grace—can ease a troubled mind.
    • 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
    • 100 Noel Murray
    This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood at its most poignant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    More about well-observed moments of everyday life than it is about heightened melodrama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    WQholly a Coen brothers movie, in that it’s full of exaggerated characters and comic cruelty, anchored to a way of looking at the world that seems to posit a fundamental absence of meaning. And yet there’s something sweet and even a little heartening about the movie, too.
    • 96 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The Case Of The Grinning Cat is a sequel of sorts to Marker's epic three-hour 1977 documentary on the decline of the left, "A Grin Without A Cat"--though this new work is both shorter and more playful.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Anyone who enjoys overpowering cinematic sensation and watching people do a job will be predisposed to like Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s avant-garde documentary about life aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Leviathan is an immersive experience, plunging viewers into darkness and chaos, amid a rush of vivid color and rapid movement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    This film doesn’t lionize Weiner or justify anything he did. What it does is capture the frenzy of politics, the iron-clad egos of politicians, and the failure of the media to cover the parts of campaigning and government that actually matter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Timberlake himself is a stunner, whether he’s smoothly pirouetting his way through “Suit & Tie” or he’s choking back tears during his stirring set closer “Mirrors.” But his team is well-matched by Demme’s.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    In the end, Black Book may be one of the most fun movies ever made about how people basically suck.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    What distinguishes Starless Dreams is Oskouei’s voice, heard from off screen, getting these girls to be honest about where they’ve come from and why they’re less than anxious to return.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    This movie offers the kind of effortless Euro-adventure, full and fleet, that Steven Spielberg tried and mostly failed to deliver with his big-screen The Adventures Of Tintin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Again as with Bong's earlier films, Mother is a genre exercise that honors convention, yet weaves around it whenever possible. Bong carefully turns Mother into a classic gumshoe tale, with red herrings, interrogations, and moments of sublime suspense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Louder Than A Bomb is a different kind of high-school movie, brimming with life and hope instead of social-climbing, bullying, and furtive first kisses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Looper is a remarkable feat of imagination and execution, entertaining from start to finish, even as it asks the audience to contemplate how and why humanity keeps making the same rotten mistakes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (best-known for their Terry Gilliam behind-the-scenes docs Lost In La Mancha and The Hamster Factor) have made The Bad Kids in the “fly on the wall” mold of Frederick Wiseman, crossed with the “year-in-the-life” storytelling of Hoop Dreams. The structure of Black Rock itself is one of their biggest narrative assets.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    In the propaganda-filled realms of politics, sports, and the military, that kind of no-bullsh-- -allowed truth feels cathartic. No wonder the Tillman family has spent much of the last 10 years fighting for it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Taut, tense, and self-consciously stylish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Yet in his despair, there's something Kudlow misses, and it's what makes Anvil! as moving as it is hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The charming, rousing WWII romance Their Finest is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The first third of Iraq In Fragments is so intense--a masterpiece in miniature, really--that audiences may not have much emotion left for the rest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    So James White’s title character is an entitled, self-centered a--hole. But the movie about him is still a marvel: an honest, moving, and occasionally even funny portrait of what happens when a cripplingly immature young man gets hit with one reality check after another.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    To an extent, Greenfield tries to have it both ways with her film: she allows us to enjoy the fantasy of being rich, while also letting us see the bastards suffer a little.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Like the best crime stories, this one isn't about how the bad guys live, it's about how WE live.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    It isn't just the fashions that date this documentary, or the subjects' shared experiences of the European turmoil of the mid-20th-century. It's also their work itself, which is like a relic of some ancient civilization.
    • 91 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The result is one beautiful movie-and no less so for making a strong case that beauty is a lie.

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