For 1,184 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1184 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    While Fanon wrote with intense anger, he made his case more on an intellectual level than an emotional one, seeking to use his enemies’ words and logic against them. Olsson prefers to swing wildly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Just when the seemingly endless scenes of Johansson's nagging threaten to sink Match Point for good, the movie becomes the thriller that early reports promised.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    While a film like Serial Killer 1 may disappoint anyone expecting “Bullitt” or “Lethal Weapon,” its focus on legwork and motivation could well appeal to fans of “Law & Order” — the TV show and the social construct.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Plenty of first-time feature filmmakers have combined grubby genre kicks with more personal concerns; but there’s a confidence and energy to “Stray Bullets” that compensates for the rather rudimentary, over-familiar story.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Refreshingly dark and sick, this is a movie for those who like cinematic monsters that hit so hard they leave a mark.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    It's best enjoyed as a crackling performance piece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    The movie comes to life whenever Hamed Behdad appears.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Contrivances aside, though, Janie Jones is one of the more realistic depictions of what the rock 'n' roll lifestyle is really like.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Girls Rock! is cutesy and quick-cut, emphasizing the absurd while trying to keep the audience's interest with animated interludes and footage from corny old industrial films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    There's something uniquely pleasurable about watching a director in total command of his craft, even when that craft is in service of a scattershot melodrama with pale intimations of social relevance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    No Restraint misses a lot of opportunities, like the chance to contrast Barney's work with artists working on a lower budget, or to examine his positive and negative influence on modern art, or to break down an economic model based on selling off the pieces Barney discards along the way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Some kind of wonderment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    The contrast of a warm maternal figure and a remote army outpost is undeniably affecting. But when Vishnevskaya opens her mouth, she spoils the mood.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    It's just too bad that Legend Of The Fist breaks up that action with long scenes of well-dressed men and women sitting around in nightclubs, talking politics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    This story--or stories like it--has been told and re-told too often. Lemon Tree works best when Riklis cuts out the predictable melodrama and trusts the fertility of his central metaphor.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    The Wild Blue Yonder has a small message to deliver about the importance of ecological conservation, but mostly, it's an excuse to cut together mesmerizing undersea and outer-space photography while a hypnotic soundtrack drones on.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Hardcore Disney fans will appreciate how serious-minded and intimate this movie is, but for others, Walt & El Grupo might feel like an expensive vacation slide show, assembled by strangers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    When the crazy comes, it's pretty good crazy. Ferrell is in full-on brazen redneck mode, doing a variation on his "Saturday Night Live" George W. Bush impression.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    It all begins to feel tawdry, especially since Paul H-O never seems to realize that even though he wants everyone to know who he is, he’s never given a good reason why we should.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Keyhole's flashes of actual B-movie coherence are enough to make longtime Maddin-watchers wonder if he could've played this material straighter, with more of a plot and fewer reveries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Whatever The Blood Of My Brother's journalistic weaknesses, it's valuable as yet another view of what may end up being the most thoroughly documented war ever waged.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Though it's a well-worn story, Candy does touch on a universal anxiety. For two people basking in the heat of an all-consuming love, what happens when the power gets cut off?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Stella Days' strongest asset is Sheen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Séraphine is far more powerful when it lingers on Louis at work.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    In many ways, Fugitive Pieces is a beautiful film. But it's a bit TOO beautiful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    From Valentino Garavani's imperious carriage and diva fits to his coterie of tiny dogs, the subject of Tyrnauer's doc comes off like a fictional character, scripted by a writer with a weakness for cliché.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Yes, the idea that the tree/father is literally tearing this family apart is way too blunt, but Gainsbourg and Davies sell it by playing the scenes naturally, with minimal histrionics.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Leth shows how wrung-out and careless everyone gets amid constant bloodshed. "We don't need peace," one says. "We need school for our kids. Food. Sleep."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Noel Murray
    Between their bickering, Grønkjær's offscreen prompting, and the sappy, ubiquitous soundtrack, The Monastery is like the opposite of "Into Great Silence."

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