For 917 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 917
917 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A historical epic with elements of wu xia, supernatural thrillers, and drawing-room murder mysteries.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Illustrates how the rhetoric of civil rights changed after the breakthroughs of Martin Luther King. With the world's media finally paying attention, critical thinkers like Carmichael, Davis, and Malcolm X were able to push back against the fretful questions about violence, and redefine the story of blacks in America over the centuries as one defined by violence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The characters remain governed by what they've been told about themselves for years - that they're ugly, devious, mean, low-class, or silly - until a fresh set of eyes changes what they see in the mirror. Knowing this mutual moment of stark self-awareness is coming doesn't make its arrival any less powerful.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    What makes Pearl Jam Twenty a little better than the average fan-friendly documentary is that Crowe focuses on the more significant parts of the Pearl Jam story: not how the group wrote "Alive," but how it's struggled with maintaining artistic credibility while selling millions.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The significance of that group anecdote - from the message of unity to the way Mardi Gras gave some gay New Orleanians a way to explain their lives to their parents - can't be overstated, either for its impact on human rights or its power to move.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Conquest offers that familiar thrill of being allowed to peek behind the curtain and see what our leaders are really like, and while it's more rote than revelatory, that may be because the American way of wielding power - and telling stories about it - has gone global.

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