For 863 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 863
863 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Davis and company do get at the odd mix of middle-class lifestyle and cheerful doom-saying that defines the mainstream apocalypticons.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There isn’t much to The Exploding Girl, but it’s blessedly compact, and owns its no-big-deal-ness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Warlords relies too much on combat movie clichés and corny sentiment, weighted down by speeches about heroism and hypocrisy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie moves fluidly back and forth between these women's stories, as well as between reality and a kind of dream-state, as all four find their way into a walled orchard where they share fellowship and temporary refuge from the demands of men.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The second movie nestled within Solitary Man--the one that doesn’t show up often enough--is about a man of rare eloquence and honesty, sharing his views on salesmanship and sex with anyone who’ll listen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It’s refreshing not to be led along or handled by a filmmaker, but given the almost-novelistic structure of The Father Of My Children--which juggles half a dozen or so major characters and follows their reaction to a crisis in obsessive detail--the movie could stand to be a little more dynamic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There isn't much to Alamar--and González-Rubio sometimes seems to go out of his way to keep the film uncluttered by incident-but it's short and agreeable, and touching.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Get Low is meant to be funny, heartwarming, and wise, and it is, for the most part--but in an overly familiar way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A clever little contraption, even though it runs into the problem that a lot of twist-heavy suspense movies have: Once it's spooned out all its surprises about two-thirds of the way through, it loses a lot of its entertainment value.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A Film Unfinished is affecting as a rare document of a terrible place and time, and those who lived there.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Milk Of Sorrow is lousy with allegory, and is often too heavy for its own good.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Buried is as much about dropped calls, getting sent to voicemail, and being openly lied to by our institutions as it about being buried alive by terrorists.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    As a slice of history, Ip Man is disappointingly simplistic. Yip, Wong, and Yen never develop any real tension between Ip's true story and the exaggerated myth-making of a martial-arts movie. But as an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    While Tamara Drew is enjoyable throughout-right up to its loony, loony ending-it's more than a little scattered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Jeff Malmberg's documentary Marwencol is at its best when it focuses on Hogancamp's little world, and lets the artist walk the viewer through his town's increasingly dense mythology.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    When Down Terrace gets in a good groove, Wheatley and Hill's dialogue is both funny and pointed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Slight but fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The cast doesn't treat The Company Men like a slideshow. They take something overly schematic and imbue it with real anxiety, shame, and humility.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Intentionally or unintentionally, there's a degree of accusation to The Woodmans that's discomfiting, almost as if Willis is indicting Francesca's parents for being so self-involved-even though they're just answering his questions as honestly as they can.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Cracks stumbles down the stretch, when the melodrama finally washes in and the behavior becomes more extreme.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    To Die Like A Man is powerfully controlled, and builds to a moving finale in which the characters are stripped down to their essences: no flowers, just stem.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    At its most compelling when Rosenthal explores why the crassest entertainment is internationally successful, even in the home of theatrical naturalism.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's a hyper-violent, self-conscious throwback, with the sickly plastic aroma of a tape that's been gathering dust in the corner of a video store since 1984.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Make no mistake: The Trip is a fine, funny movie. But there's no reason why it couldn't have been even finer and funnier.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What's missing from Kidnapped is a grander context - or richer subtext - to all the terror.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's clear what Breillat is trying to do here in the abstract - and The Sleeping Beauty is never less than gorgeous to look at - but the movie doesn't hang together as a story, and "stories" are what these fairy tales are meant to deliver.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What's missing from Mozart's Sister, though, is the kind of fervor that made "Amadeus" so memorable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie has no story per se, and there are times when it does seem like Park is hovering, vulture-like, over his subjects' shoulders, waiting for a disaster. But Iron Crows isn't devoid of natural human exuberance, nor is it immune to the awesome spectacle of a dangerous job.