For 901 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 7.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 901
901 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Yet while it isn't that hard to stay a step or two ahead of Timecrimes, the movie is still a nifty little genre piece, an old-fashioned science-fiction mind-game with a healthy dollop of "Oh, the irony."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Goodman doesn't allow even a hint of postmodernism or self-consciousness to creep into What Doesn't Kill You, and though the movie's various heists and shootouts are gripping, they aren't especially kinetic or stylish.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Medicine For Melancholy offers a personal spin on the "walking around a city" genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The relentless negativity in Must Read After My Death can become overwhelming at times, but it's undeniably mesmerizing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Not even Douglas Sirk or Lars von Trier would heap so much abuse on a heroine. And yet, on its own melodramatic, tear-jerking terms, Precious works.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    One of the most expensive Danish movies ever made, and at times, it's glossy to a fault.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie goes out on a high, but until then, it plays almost like the pilot for a TV series. But it would be a GOOD TV series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Nearly a quarter of the way through Earth Days, the movie seems on-track to being just another tongue-clucking “Isn’t it a pity” doc, painted in broad strokes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    As a piece of documentary filmmaking though, Araya is more noteworthy for what it reveals about a changing artform than for what it has to say about its subjects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even at its most upbeat, The Maid is something of a tragedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What sold the original Ong Bak was the action, not the story, and on an action level, Ong Bak 2 lives up to its title.
    • 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.

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