For 918 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 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 918
918 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Black Death bears some similarities to a zombie movie in the way the plague inevitably overtakes the populace, and it also has one foot in the "creepy community" genre, alongside films like "The Wicker Man" and "Two Thousand Maniacs!"
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Girl Model shows that even though some models make big bucks, the global economy remains the same as it ever was: Those with nothing are seduced by the prospect of something, such that they hesitate to complain, lest they end up with less than nothing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The result is surprisingly satisfying, like "Jaws" for the YouTube/Skype era.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Yhough Obscene tells the story without fully exploring its nuances, that story is both fascinating and more than a little inspiring.
    • 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."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Think of Not Quite Hollywood as a vividly illustrated catalogue of astonishing smut.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In the end, Blank City becomes not just a salute to the artistic adventurousness of a bygone New York, but a reminder that new strains of creativity keep emerging, just when the scene looks stalest.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Falls short of being a great film because it lacks a certain ambition.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Beware Of Mr. Baker is the life story of a man who's led one hell of a fascinating life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    By making the jokes more personal, Suleiman charts the process by which the concept of "home" loses its meaning.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As Refn counts down the days and ratchets up the tension, Pusher shifts from a subdued lowlife sketch, with lots of raunchy conversation between Buric and his horndog ex-con buddy Mads Mikkelsen, to a nail-biting look at a man running out of options.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Kaboom is pure fantasy in every sense of the word: It's a riff on sexy, sassy teen movies and conspiracy thrillers that at times seems to exist only so Araki can get his beautiful young cast to strip off their clothes and pair off in every conceivable combination, just as he used to do in his earlier, more scandalous films.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Though The President's Last Bang is undeniably dense-with more than a dozen significant characters-the particulars aren't too tough to understand.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    O'Toole is frail and probably won't make many more movies. So Venus is pitched partly as a fond farewell to a beloved artist, and his whole beautiful generation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Terence Nance’s playfully experimental feature An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty is both stunning and stymieing — a film so effusive that it’s hard to separate its signal from its noise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    While all the "Up" films hold a fascination akin to a Christmas letter from an almost-forgotten friend, 42 Up didn't show much progress from "35 Up." Even fans of the series had to wonder whether the faces of England were going to remain permanently frozen.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The result is a movie that jumps all over the place, but with the ultimate intention of showing how the public's attitudes and assumptions about drugs have changed over the past half-century, guided by politicians and businessmen with a stake in misinformation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Time could almost be written off as misogynistic, except that it's so specific about its rage. It's almost as though Kim was so fed up with having the same argument with his girlfriend, all he could do was make a movie.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    David Gelb's documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi shows what a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro is like: each morsel prepared simply and perfectly, then replaced by another as soon as the previous piece is consumed, with no repetition of courses. Once an item is gone, it doesn't come back. That's why each one has to be memorable.

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