For 896 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 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 896
896 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Primarily though, the film works as a tour de force for McHattie--a veteran character actor making the most of his character’s long, fluid monologues--and as a sly commentary on journalistic responsibility.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Moon is enjoyable as much for its small scale and solid execution as for its crazy twists and creeping existential dread.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Afghan Star offers a reminder of how much has changed in Afghanistan from the late ’70s--when Kabul was a secular-oriented city with co-ed universities and a thriving nightclub scene--to the rise of the Taliban.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If The Beaches Of Agnès has no clear structure, that's only because neither does Varda’s life--except in retrospect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The result is a movie that feels enjoyably aimless--one that invites viewers to just hang out for an hour.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Think of Not Quite Hollywood as a vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Because the audience isn’t privy to the hero’s thoughts, the final 15 minutes or so of Big Fan are white-knuckle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Crude is so crammed with facts and figures that it can be a little dizzying, but what’s more important is what Berlinger records between all the talking-head interviews and vérité footage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    There are two Bronsons on display here: the impossible thug that we don’t dare release into polite society, and the guy we enjoy watching do his terrible thing. The man and the movie are both living, punching contradictions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier’s ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn. It’s also the most lush-looking movie von Trier has made in about 20 years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Ti West’s retro “Satan rules!” thriller The House Of The Devil gets the look and tone of early-’80s horror schlock exactly right.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As the movie’s title implies, everything is about to change for these two. These are the last happy days before destructive modernity encroaches.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's more clever than funny, but it's very clever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For those who can’t abide conventional biopics, here’s a viable alternative: A Room And A Half, a fantastical, imaginative depiction of the life of Nobel-winning Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Copti and Shani show characters of different backgrounds interacting peacefully as individuals, then show how those characters subtly change when their affiliation with a group becomes an issue. And always the threat of violence looms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This is a smart, melancholy crime picture, which takes its cues from the title of the perverse old standard Christensen plays on her stereo at night: “You Always Hurt The One You Love.”
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Prodigal Sons comes packed with multiple hooks. Aside from the sex-change angle, the movie takes a turn when Marc---whom Reed’s parents adopted before she was born--learns that he’s the biological son of Rebecca Welles, and the grandchild of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Vincere starts to run dry of stunning visual gambits and become redundant in its second hour, as the madhouse sequences dominate, but Bellocchio’s central premise retains its power and poignancy throughout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The story’s many advances and reversals can be hard to follow at times, but this isn’t really a movie where plot is paramount. Everything boils down to the action, and what that action means.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Cropsey is compelling as a meditation on how we use stories to explain the inconceivable, and how if no story is handy, we take the available clues and make one up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Whatever it is, Wild Grass is so overtly artificial and aggressively trifling that it's bound to put some viewers off, though it's also so bright and funny that it's hard not to be at least a little enchanted. Resnais' music is so sweet, even when his words are nonsense.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Animal Kingdom joins in the tradition of brutally unsentimental Australian crime dramas like "The Boys," in which the stakes are low, except to the people staring down the barrel of a gun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Peepli Live has a lot in common with Billy Wilder's black comedy Ace In The Hole, in that it explores the cynicism of modern life with wit and honesty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Sometimes the story is so much like a fiction feature-complete with explosive family arguments and pointed cross-cutting between the free-spirited Qin and her beaten-down folks-that it feels exploitative, as though Lixin were turning real people into characters.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Scheinfeld captures the essence of the Nilsson experience, and how, according to his attorney, "He would turn up at your door at 4 in the morning, and you knew that the next three days were going to be an adventure."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Best approached with little to no advance information or expectations, which is the same way the film's characters experience their lives.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Catfish is absolutely riveting, and even nerve-wracking as Joost and the Schulmans get progressively closer to learning more about their "friends."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Viewers' interest in Boxing Gym will likely wax and wane, depending on their interest in martial arts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Most fan-docs are fairly remedial, but Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields is more sophisticated than the norm, in keeping with its subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Secret Sunshine is a frequently beautiful film with a cold, dark heart.

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