For 1,274 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1274 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Thanks to tight direction by Brian Goodman and lively performances from Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the film’s engaging even when it’s ridiculous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Montenegro's performance is typically multifaceted, displaying keen wit and a thick streak of self-doubt.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    As vibrant and ingratiating as We Are The Best! is, the movie lacks the more satisfying fullness of Moodysson’s Together and Lilya 4-Ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    What’s missing from The Punk Singer is real friction or ambiguity.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Revenge Of The Mekons has none of the raggedness of the band’s best songs, and the movie only occasionally gets to that very Mekons place that novelist Jonathan Franzen describes in the film, where despair and rage over the world’s pervasive injustice resolves into something blackly humorous, and even triumphant. But Angio hasn’t made a glancing, broadly outlined fan-doc, either.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    As always with Greenwald, it’s refreshing that he doesn’t simply indulge in fear-mongering. He has the resources and the research team to sort through lots of data, culling the relevant points and encouraging action.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Peter Yates-directed cop thriller that relies on McQueen's chiseled features to hold an audience's attention through what's essentially a 45-minute TV show stretched to two hours. Aside from the famous car chase through the streets of San Francisco, Bullitt is primarily watchable for McQueen's performance as a cop breaking the rules to break a case, as well as all the '68 cinema signifiers: lens flares, soft-focus foregrounds, a jazzy Lalo Schifrin score, and vivid location shooting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, this film makes the case that the Cold War—however Fetisov or Polsky respectively choose to define it—robbed American sports fans of the chance to watch and appreciate one of the greatest collections of athletes ever assembled.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Fans of blood and guts won’t find what they’re looking for here (until the final 10 minutes, that is); but serious-minded genre fans should feel satisfied.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The new English track is predictably clumsy, but the story and images overcome it.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    In keeping with the S&M theme, Matsumoto keeps changing R100’s direction, defying the audience in hopes of providing a more perverse kick. Often, the results are astonishing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    After watching Bettie Page Reveals All, even longtime devotees may not be able to look at one of her pictures again without hearing her voice, remembering her story, and appreciating her joy all the more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Geller and Goldfine have assembled a vital historical document, covering a cultural era now mostly lost, corrupted imperceptibly but permanently when fledgling ballerinas started dreaming about Broadway and Hollywood instead of Swan Lake.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    [Reynor's] performance — fractured yet strong — is a big reason why Glassland works so well.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    By showing the exhausting diligence that goes into moments of pure transcendent joy onstage, this doc should make new fans for Giordano’s living museum.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Mavis! is maybe too short and too plain, but it covers a lot of ground and contains a lot of great music. It's a fitting tribute to a true American original, belatedly getting her due.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Even viewers who know nothing about soccer can enjoy how Rocha captures the beauty of a communal event through editing and shot selection alone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Barbosa skillfully skewers the presumptions of rich folks who presume they deserve all that they've gotten, even as they're squandering it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Those looking to learn more about Wong are in the wrong place. Those looking for a slick slugfest with memorable characters will be well satisfied.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The movie is one long game of misdirection, playing tricks on viewers from scene to scene, and showing how easy it is to steer a crowd into missing something important. That’s the real De Palma touch, even more than the operatic overtones and excess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    For those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s a little frustrating at first to realize that Huber isn’t going to get much explanation of anything from Stanton. But she ends up making a virtue of the actor’s Zen calm.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Creative Control is funny and imaginative, where many films of this type are dispiritingly plain.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Invisible is undeniably compelling, as Bojanov visits and revisits these people over a period of years.

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