For 886 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 The Child
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 886
886 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    In the end, it all gets to be too stifling. The film looks amazing, and there may be no better way to adapt Darger's work to the screen. But Yu's decision to limit the comments on Darger's enduring appeal keeps the audience locked in his cramped room too long, without a window of context.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Intended to be shamelessly heart-tugging and even uplifting in an odd way, but it's recommended mainly as an acting showcase.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Kim weaves these clichés into effectively nerve-wracking setpieces, though between the jumps, A Tale Of Two Sisters becomes mired in ponderous melodrama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    If von Carolsfeld had worked more surprises into her style and presentation, Marion Bridge wouldn't live down to its genre stereotype so readily.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    When El Bola isn't drawing cheap sentiment from the sight of a bruised and scarred little boy, Mañas raises vexing questions about how and why parents leave lasting impressions on their children, and whether good intentions really matter.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    As one man's vacation video, it's outstanding, but as a documentary, it lacks verve, stylistically or journalistically.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For the most part, Fire Dancer presents an energetic mosaic of a displaced culture.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The absence of style can be numbing, but it serves a purpose, positioning the documentary as a public record, not a work of art. As such, the film is eye-opening.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Makes effective drama, but ultimately it's just an outrage machine, designed to get the viewer fired up by the sight of warring ideologues preaching to their own.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Someone as attuned as Varda to the quality of an image should know that a flat, disposable medium like video makes images harder to internalize.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Given the complexity of this case and of the Satmar/Zionist feud, the documentary would've benefited from some dryly expert talking heads and a more conventional structure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Jacobs focuses almost exclusively on Dobson's theories and mission, which he illustrates by contrasting jaw-dropping images of the sun's surface with people ignoring Dobson's entreaties to "Come look at the sun."
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The sensual sex scenes and raw violence of God's Sandbox make it pretty much an exploitation film, and as an exploitation film, it isn't bad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The documentary is short, vividly shot, and packed with interviews in which desperate young men and women let loose their personal philosophies. In fact, there's so much philosophizing that there's not much time left for rap.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Beautifully lit, with some inventive but unobtrusive framing, and the moody jazz score unifies the multiple storylines without overwhelming them. Yet while the movie never goes slack, it never really transcends its good intentions either.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Bogliano provides a steady series of jolts, all the way to an ending that’s twisty but ultimately unsatisfying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    This is a small film about a society of castoffs, and while it’s beautifully acted and often moving, it’s also predictable, because it keeps wresting itself into familiar forms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    There’s a matter-of-factness to Israel: A Home Movie that’s disquieting, as it shows the joy and determination of a nation in the making, and the dismayed faces of those elbowed aside.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    All four of the main performances are so strong that they deserve more space to develop and intertwine. Instead, at times, Blood plays like one long “previously on” montage for the series that inspired it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Too much of Ari Folman’s half-animated science-fiction feature The Congress feels just a bit off—but every now and then, the concept, the performances, and Folman’s visual flair combine to produce something extraordinary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Even at its goofiest, Through The Never brings back the communal appeal of those early concert films, which were often just a way for young fans to bond with other young fans over the music of entertainers who seemed to understand what they really wanted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Nothing Can Hurt Me is frustratingly unfocused, petering out considerably after its first hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Marking...does her best to keep it lively, mixing in actual security-camera footage and animated re-creations, along with pieces of old tourist promotions, newsreels, and industrial films. But Smash & Grab’s overall tone is too reserved, given the subject matter.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Taken in the right spirit, The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology is a lot of fun, like watching a movie with a friend, then going out for drinks and talking late into the night. Just don’t expect to get a word in edgewise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Birth Of The Living Dead excels in Kuhns’ gathering of critics, academics, and filmmakers to analyze how and why the film works so well.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Red Obsession is informative, and entertainingly so, with its honeyed Russell Crowe narration and sweet tracking shots through sun-dappled vineyards.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Philibert allows even those who’ve never heard a second of Radio France to experience what the network is like, on both sides of the speakers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It’s about deeper fears, and realer monsters.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Spinning Plates is a slow starter... But the documentary finds more of a rhythm once it moves beyond generalities and starts getting into particulars.