For 892 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 892
892 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Do the undeniably Malick-derived qualities of The Better Angels work against it, or is the film all the more special for being, essentially, a bonus Malick picture? To be fair to Edwards, a lot about The Better Angels sets it apart from Malick.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Going strictly by plot description, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox sounds a little like an Indian knock-off of a Nicholas Sparks movie, but it plays out more like Brief Encounter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The emotions evoked by Bird People should be familiar to anyone who ever stared out the window of a classroom, imagining what it would be like to leave school, hop on a bike, and go for a ride around the mostly empty neighborhood.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Throughout The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, even when it gets bogged down in too much story, the animation is so gorgeous that any given frame could pass for a masterwork.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    It’s simultaneously tricky and profound—a documentary about something small that gradually grows to cover so much more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Happy Valley’s subject matter is difficult, but not Bar-Lev’s approach, which unfolds like an outstanding piece of long-form magazine reportage, taking into account history, culture, and the personalities of multiple major characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Not even Douglas Sirk or Lars von Trier would heap so much abuse on a heroine. And yet, on its own melodramatic, tear-jerking terms, Precious works.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    von Donnersmarck gives his debut feature, The Lives Of Others, no particular style, and the absence of visual risk-taking renders an exciting premise ponderous and stolid.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Davis and company do get at the odd mix of middle-class lifestyle and cheerful doom-saying that defines the mainstream apocalypticons.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is one of To's typically tangled meditations on the smearing of good and evil, in moments where instinct overcomes morality. And ultimately, To cares less about the motivations of opposing forces than about the spectacular collisions they produce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Has about a dozen layers of in-joke, and up to the eighth or ninth layer, they mostly work.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    So long as Sorry, Haters stays ambiguous and sticks to long, winding conversations between Penn and Kechiche, the movie rolls along and builds momentum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Iron Island is at its most compelling early, as Rasoulof explores his human-scaled ant farm, detailing how people make lives for themselves in cramped quarters, using cardboard partitions and jerry-rigged appliances.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    These characters are still rich, and their potential growth still compelling. Here's hoping we meet them again in another five years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    La Moustache recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni, but it isn't as strange or penetrating as the former, or as artfully shot as the latter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Hacke is in almost every shot, taking in the performances and sometimes singing and dancing along, inviting the audience to share in the joy of discovery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Whatever its pretensions of social relevance, Sérgio Machado's Lower City is essentially an exploitation movie, and not a half-bad one at that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Builds slowly--maybe too slowly--to a mano-a-mano standoff, just like "The Twilight Samurai," and just like the earlier film, the new one presents its climactic swordfight matter-of-factly, with no superheroics and a lot of hesitation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Theirs is a well-worn story that may not need to be told, but they do tell it well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A raucous, relevant documentary, capturing the mood of the times and the participants' best anecdotes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.
    • 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."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is never going to have broad appeal. Though Sasanatieng makes a few swings at real poignancy--which don't really connect--mostly this is the kind of relentlessly postmodern "fun" best served in small portions, and preferably on dessert plates.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If Seraphim Falls' audience appreciates its good points and ignores an ending that tries too hard, they'll just be following a grand genre-buff tradition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Sayar and Schnendar are likeable performers, and if Bilu and Hager had pushed the "private school for girls" side of Close To Home a little harder, they could have had a sharp satire on their hands. Instead, it's all played straight and close to the surface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The problem with Exterminating Angels is that its explanatory side overwhelms its playfully perverse side.

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