For 860 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 860
860 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If the film has a significant flaw, it's that Venditti never explains in the film how she found Billy, or why she's interested in him. Billy The Kid often plays more like an extended home movie than something intentional and artful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While some of the trappings and even some of the plot elements could easily be called unoriginal, Bayona and screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez arrange them in a fresh way, crafting an emotionally resonant, nerve-jangling experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Tonally, The Band's Visit steps gingerly on the line between “sweetly humane” and “cloyingly quirky.”
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Amalric gives another in a recent string of riveting performances, and Klotz gets a lot of play out of the ironic distance between musical expression and corporate rigor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Unlike Salvadori's previous comedy, 2003's "Après Vous," Priceless is less preposterous, and more grounded in character.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Body Of War purposefully depicts an America in turmoil. But it also depicts an America far more capable of living with contradictions than the "Red State/Blue State"-obsessed cable-news pundits would have us believe.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Attempts to look beyond the hysteria and consider exactly how and why a culture that values physical power has internalized the idea that steroid use in sports is a scourge.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    All told, Ellison is a fascinating person to spend 96 minutes with. But you probably shouldn't risk that 97th.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Describing the early stages of their sexual attraction, Bachardy sums up the whole outrageously fortunate arc of his life. "It was exactly what the boy wanted," Bachardy says. "And he flourished."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Falls short of being a great film because it lacks a certain ambition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Julian Schnabel's concert film Lou Reed's Berlin presents the album's 10 songs with a force they've rarely shown before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    So The Order Of Myths' central question remains tantalizingly unanswered: When a society respects its old-growth trees so much that they let the roots crack the sidewalks, are they being noble or ignorant?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Thoroughly populist and middlebrow, full of all the high wigs, thick powder, perfect diction, and straightforward dialogue that define bodice-ripping prestige pictures about silently suffering souls.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Typically, Leigh withholds his own judgment as to whether Hawkins is a delight or a terror. But he does create a noticeable tension between the audience's expectations and the way the story plays out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Arijon's choice to film the survivors returning to the Andes with their children pays huge dividends, leading to an ending that puts the real meaning of their ordeal in moving terms.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Wajda makes the murders look horrific and jangled, like something out of "Hostel," then ends Katyn with extended darkness and silence, allowing the audience to mourn for the death of a nation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As always, Kurosawa masterfully controls his film's framing and sound design, and as always, the painstakingly precise mise-en-scene can feel a little overdone at times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    At times, Treeless Mountain almost feels like a fairy tale--but without the magic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The movie ends abruptly, setting up an epilogue that viewers will have to provide for themselves. Jerichow's sparseness, tiny cast, and minimal plot can make the film seem a little elusive, but there’s a certain elegance to Petzold's concision, too. He shows all he wants us to see.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Still, no matter how Grebin and Nigro are selling it, American Cannibal isn't about the horrors of reality TV. It's about guys like Roberts and Ripley, who convince themselves that ANY job in show business would be preferable to waiting tables.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    These moments, enjoyable and arcane, may not add up to a masterpiece. But they're uniquely Weerasethakul's.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    ShowBusiness is a smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage, but it never quite rises to the level of penetrating insight or emotional catharsis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The director deserves kudos for setting her movie during such a gray, dreary Toronto winter. It couldn't have been easy to find a climate that so resembles adolescence.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Besides the restless style, Dans Paris is remarkable for being more about familial bonds than French cinema tends to be.