For 918 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 918
918 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even without the fine psychological shading, Garcia's story is a doozy.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie suffers from backstory-heavy voiceover narration in its first half, followed by an excess of quirky laugh lines down the stretch, just when it seems to be finding a stronger rhythm. There's a shameless crowd-pleasing element to The Descendants that keeps its harder truths about family relationships at bay.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Develops its story slowly and carefully, nearly always opting for the plausible over the sensational.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Aura holds together as a dreamy variation on "Reservoir Dogs'" heist-gone-wrong fatalism and the know-thyself confrontations of David Mamet's "Homicide."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Luhrmann works aggressively for laughs early in the picture, playing up the gaudiness and piggishness of the old-guard dancers in camera angles as extreme and unflattering as a mid-'80s David Lee Roth video.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie takes some dark, violent turns once Crudup enters the picture, and loses some of its initial soft, regional charm. But Kinnear and Crudup are funny, and the plot does fold together with the kind of cruel logic that these sorts of twist-a-thons often lack.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The story's fundamentals remain solid, and the battle between the village of kung-fu experts and an army of 19th century technophiles is so cleverly staged and exciting that the inevitable sequel (already in the works) will be welcome, as will any future martial-arts movies that Tai Chi Zero may inspire.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    In its overt attempts to balance high-spirited spy adventure with more realistic acting and actio--conveying the realities of government-sponsored murde--Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Up to the last five minutes, Poison Friends stays true to that heady, idealistic-to-a-fault world of academia.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    More propaganda than cinema, and at an hour and a half, its exhaustiveness diminishes its impact. But Epstein anchors the film nicely with her own pregnancy, which occurs while the documentary is in production and comes to an unexpected conclusion before shooting ends.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's so rare these days to see a documentary that aspires to be cinematic that Beyond Hatred may seem at first to be slightly better than it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A historical epic with elements of wu xia, supernatural thrillers, and drawing-room murder mysteries.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Schreier elicits warm performances from Langella and Susan Sarandon, and even from his robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Regular Lovers isn't a folly-of-youth story that aches with emotion, like "Au Revoir," "Les Enfants" or "The Squid And The Whale." It's drier, and simpler.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    What makes Like Father, Like Son so quietly powerful is that for the most part, it doesn’t traffic in stereotypes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The material about the modern-day Peggy and Joe is incredibly sweet... But A Life In Dirty Movies is also fascinating just as a document of changing cultural mores.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The disconnect between Wild Canaries’ two modes is sometimes too wide, making the movie come across either as a sloppy mystery or a scatterbrained melodrama. More often, the mix keeps the film lively and unpredictable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Though Phantom Of The Cinematheque is fascinating throughout, Richard squanders a chance to recreate one of those long Parisian nights where Langlois held court for his fellow movie buffs.
    • 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.

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