For 932 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 6.4 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: 29 out of 932
932 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though the message that people should have the right to love whomever they want is hardy groundbreaking, Parvez captures some interesting conversations about what it means to be gay and Muslim.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The story starts at a low boil and quickly heats up, but the problem with Tell No One--a common problem with contemporary pulp literature--is that at some point, all the narrative's intriguing questions resolve with prosaic answers, delivered in long, convoluted speeches by people wielding guns.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Felon's dialogue is overheated and some of its plot twists are preposterous, yet it's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Fleeting confusion and bizarre literalization aside, though, Mad Detective is an effective mystery story, with an oddball hero--like TV's Monk, but far crazier--and some moments of visceral violence that raise the stakes.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Red
    Red's dialogue is a bit blunt, its characters are too broadly outlined, and the situation verges on the ludicrous at times, especially in the way these dumb kids keep committing terrible crimes without leaving any evidence. But the movie isn't meant to be an exercise in realism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Though the plot contrives to throw Gervais and Leoni together and then pull them apart, the two leads stay consistently in sync through it all, laughing at each other's jokes and generally sharing the kind of normal adult communication that's often missing from movies about people falling in love.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Trouble The Water is infuriating in its depiction of helpless Americans getting left behind, and uplifting in the way it shows the Roberts putting their lives together, but it's also frustrating, because it lacks some focus.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There's too much "problem, solution" to Phoebe, although the movie's anxieties are believable enough to earns the moments of uplift. The film may be too concerned with being a crowd-pleaser, but it least it makes the crowd suffer a little along the way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Queen Raquela's plotty elements don't always work: The acting in the story-driving scenes sometimes comes off as amateurish, and the circumstances that send Rios halfway around the world seem contrived. But de Fleur gets an astonishingly good performance from Stefan C. Schaefer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What makes the movie fascinating is the particulars of the campaigns.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Universe deals extensively with Haring's personal life--his open homosexuality, his regular visits with his family, etc.--but it doesn't penetrate too far below the surface.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is clumsily unfunny at times--particularly when Smith makes tone-deaf efforts at gay-and black-themed comedy--and it's occasionally gross just for the sake of being gross.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Overly conventional as a documentary, but it's inspiring as a rebuttal to the declining state of the world at large. It's encouraging to know that the endurance of institutions like marriage and family could hold the key to keeping civilization intact.
    • 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.

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