For 913 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 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 913
913 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Bate invites a disparate bunch of SULM true-believers to explain their obsession, and many of them point to the same spirit of voyeurism that makes YouTube videos go viral today: that sense of getting an unfiltered look into how other people live.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The result is a horror film that progresses organically and unpredictably, even willing to take a turn for the tragic, if that's what's inevitable.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For a rock star and old-movie buff like Rob Zombie, The Lords Of Salem offers a chance to riff on the notion of rock ’n’ roll as the devil’s music, while recreating scenes from old Hammer witch pictures. Zombie does both of these things—just not always as expected.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    At two and a half hours, Warriors Of The Rainbow has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Had Almodóvar embraced the genre more, and changed his style to suit a story in which human beings get hacked up and transformed, he might've naturally found his way into a more potent, satisfying narrative, rather than one that dawdles and dead-ends.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What's missing from Kidnapped is a grander context - or richer subtext - to all the terror.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is striking and often charming, and any movie that places three tall, lanky types aboard a miniature boat named "Titanique" can't be slammed too much. But in the end, it's easier to admire than to love.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is never going to have broad appeal. Though Sasanatieng makes a few swings at real poignancy--which don't really connect--mostly this is the kind of relentlessly postmodern "fun" best served in small portions, and preferably on dessert plates.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Hacke is in almost every shot, taking in the performances and sometimes singing and dancing along, inviting the audience to share in the joy of discovery.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Pusher II works best when it's dwelling on the disconnect between Mikkelsen's lurid imagination and his disappointing reality, though it starts to fade when it becomes about the strained relationships of fathers and sons.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A fragile little movie, occasionally ridiculous, but with M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady In The Water," Giamatti proved that he can make even the weirdest material believable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Whenever Klown hits, it's hysterical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is at its best when it’s at its smallest: when Ganalon quietly watches Colon coax a dying young man into vomiting up his “curse,” or when Ganalon is getting laughed out of his classroom because he has a burrito in his lunchbox instead of a sandwich.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Has about a dozen layers of in-joke, and up to the eighth or ninth layer, they mostly work.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    La Moustache recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni, but it isn't as strange or penetrating as the former, or as artfully shot as the latter.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    So long as Sorry, Haters stays ambiguous and sticks to long, winding conversations between Penn and Kechiche, the movie rolls along and builds momentum.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A raucous, relevant documentary, capturing the mood of the times and the participants' best anecdotes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Theirs is a well-worn story that may not need to be told, but they do tell it well.

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