For 885 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 885
885 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Cumming and Dillahunt are so terrific - as is Isaac Leyva as their ward - that they pull Any Day Now up from its more maudlin and melodramatic elements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    On its own merits, though, West Of Memphis is a well-assembled, well-argued documentary that shows how America's advocacy model of trial law can lead to government representatives spinning stories they know are probably untrue, then using their authority to stand strong against any alternate theory, no matter how many millions of people believe it.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Simon Killer is a sensual experience that asks the audience to question what it sees and hears. In that way, Campos takes all-too-common feelings of loneliness and disorientation, and shows how they can shade into madness.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all its preoccupation with disease, Antiviral isn’t especially visceral. The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Algrant’s film — which he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel — is really about Tim Buckley’s son, Jeff, an equally adventurous rocker whose fame ultimately eclipsed his father’s, though he too died young.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Flags as it heads toward a moralistic ending, complete with a couple of contrived (albeit charged) sexual encounters, but it's heartening that it soars as long as it does.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Gleize establishes her multiple plotlines fairly cleanly, though once disentangled, the individual stories don't offer enough incident to be meaningful. They don't mean that much all put together, either, but Carnage is still highly watchable, thanks to Gleize's keen eye.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Remarkable for the intensity of the interviewees, who show a new kind of all-American gumption in the way they filter the mannerisms of low-rung celebrities through their own geeked-out, violent imaginations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    What Suleiman is trying to say becomes less important than the increasing boldness with which he says it. In the end, Divine Intervention has too many visionary setpieces, and not enough insight.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It's the most obvious point that actually rings truest: that Wilder's sketchy vision of life, love, and death is as funny and moving as it ever was.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Berri's work never really rises above the gradual or the mild, and it eventually settles gently into one of those elliptical conclusions that mark mainstream French cinema at its most tasteful and staid, but the film's fully realized performances and sharply observed moments make it a pleasure, albeit a minor one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Garbus knows how to catch people at their most open, as they define their own types and simultaneously transcend them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The Barbarian Invasions' flaws are mainly glaring because the movie is occasionally so winning.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    In fact, the best an artist like Bowery can hope for is that he'll provide fodder for a documentary this solid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Seems too subtle at times and too obvious at others, but Hamer strings together pieces of conversation and layers of voyeurism (everybody in the movie is watching somebody) into a moving study of the perils of presumption.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Divan overcomes its stylistic clichés only because Gluck's story is rich, and because it comes to a knockout finish.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It IS a little obvious, but that's the way it goes with spiritual enlightenment. The film's lessons are plain--spoken aloud, even--and deal with the close relationship between what can be shed in this life and what binds people to the world in spite of their best efforts to purify.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    What's so remarkable about the movie is how matter-of-fact it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The film is also valuable for raising awareness about Leth, whose work hasn't been as widely recognized as that of his European contemporaries, but who now makes an impressive case for his skills, five times over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Converts relevant contemporary history into intimate personal drama.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    In spite of clunky effects and often extraordinarily ugly video footage, Game Over works very well just as a sports doc.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    De Caunes and screenwriter René Manzor do well when they dwell on history from a mundane human perspective, but Monsieur N. is too dry and too unsurprising for its two-hour running time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Has its share of look-at-these-cute-old-commies laughs… But Gabbert mostly avoids making her subjects into hobbling punch lines, or even turning them into one-dimensional heroes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Montenegro's performance is typically multifaceted, displaying keen wit and a thick streak of self-doubt.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    But without taking anything away from Frederick Wiseman, who remains a master, Sheriff is almost as good any documentary he's made.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Narrows as it goes, and Browne doesn't do enough with the idea of a corporate takeover of a grassroots recreational activity, but Weber's antics and his colleagues' reactions make for fine drama all on their own.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Invisible is undeniably compelling, as Bojanov visits and revisits these people over a period of years.