For 1,192 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:
1192 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    If a team of clever screenwriters tried to script a cautionary tale about the politics of fame (and the fame of politics), they likely couldn’t come up with anything odder or more apt than Erik Gandini’s documentary Videocracy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    In keeping with Jóhann Jóhannsson's score - alternately ominous, triumphant, and elegiac - The Miners' Hymns plays on the broader emotions of the subject. The film is all about the mysterious world down below, how camaraderie turned to conflict, and the nagging feeling of loss.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Woman On The Beach is a stripped-down, witty explication of how we all get stymied by the impulses and options inherent in the simple act of living.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Though Certain Women is difficult, it’s hardly obtuse. And for those willing to trust that Reichardt is in full command of this material, “Certain Women” is utterly enthralling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Porumboiu starts off making a mordant slice of life, but he gradually entwines the personal and the historical, then ends on a poignant note. The story and situation are slight, but in the best possible way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Neil Barsky's Koch doesn't try to do anything radical as a piece of filmmaking, but Barsky - a former newspaper reporter - covers Koch's story magnificently as a journalist.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The result is a movie that's poignant, bittersweet, and true.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    How can a freethinking father mandate his ideals without violating them? Pray covers it all, and movingly so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Full Battle Rattle works just fine as a two-fisted combat story, with unexpected bursts of violence peppering that old universal message that war is hell.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Some people might find it distasteful to make a movie about guilty rich folks who give themselves permission to splurge. Others will rightly appreciate the honesty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The Future's main characters are, undeniably, dopes. But July and Linklater turn their ineptitude into a funny running joke, which becomes surprisingly affecting in the second half.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    An intoxicating performance piece in which skilled actors pinball off each other with such energy and nuance that the audience almost forgets about the dying man on the edge of the frame. The style alone makes the movie's point.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Restrepo can be tedious at times and nerve-racking at others, but why shouldn't it be? That's exactly what Junger and Hetherington saw on the front lines, so that's what they show, with very little filter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Photographic Memory is less wry and more melancholy than McElwee's earlier documentaries; it's a lot like his superb 2003 film "Bright Leaves," which was also concerned with family history and the shifting meaning of images.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Only Yesterday is animated, but rarely cartoony, in either its design or its storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    All the way up to the stunning final shot, Ozon urgently asks whether, for storytellers, it’s better to be on the outside looking in, or the inside looking out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    In tone and plot, Julia often resembles an extended episode of the AMC series "Breaking Bad"--except that Swinton's character is never NOT bad.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    (T)error moves forward chronologically, and features enough astonishing twists to rival any episode of "Homeland."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    It's undoubtedly something extraordinary: like a live-action Miyazaki film, with Days Of Heaven narration, set in a dirt-poor community at an unspecified time of crisis.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    A Ghost Story has the structure and rhythm of a musical suite, with Lowry working variations on the same themes, the same characters, and the same location. The result can be lyrical and poetic, or more naturalistic and minimalist. In both cases, A Ghost Story is absolutely mesmerizing, with an anything-goes quality that’s endlessly fascinating.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    The two main points Persepolis makes are that strife is relative, and all politics are personal.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    When others can't see what parents see, there's an inescapable ache. As much as anything, My Kid Could Paint That is about that ache.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    So what happens when people forget about all those people he stalked and snapped? Will his collection still be seen as an invaluable store of late 20th-century art, or the work of a celeb-obsessed hoarder?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Maddin mixes personal reminiscences with elaborate fantasies of Masonic rituals and collectivist brothels, to construct a vision of Winnipeg as a city of sleepwalkers, roaming through mazes of snowbanks. In the end, it’s the “my” that matters more than the “Winnipeg.”
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Grease is a pure pop construct, fueled by movie-star poses, hit songs, and persistent audience fantasies of being an acceptable kind of "bad." Barry Gibb-penned disco theme aside, Grease doesn't really belong to any one era. It's like it's always existed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Fateless is a strangely beautiful film, enhanced by a typically lyrical Ennio Morricone score and by Koltai's hazy, grayed-out images.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Lee doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel when it comes to filming live theater, but he moves the camera artfully and edits with an energy that matches the music.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    Rat Film doesn’t really make an impassioned political statement. Instead, Anthony assembles striking, allusive pictures and sounds into a one-of-a-kind experience, meant to provoke thought.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    It’s a bright, lively movie, with a vision of New York as a multicultural free-for-all, where everybody’s always looking to see what they can take from everybody else.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Noel Murray
    A documentary that doubles as a comic thriller, and it’s as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.

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