For 884 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 To Be and to Have
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 884
884 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The movie winds its way artfully from a straight animal study to something more profound. It's hard to shake the film's astonishing final thoughts and shots, as Bittner nervously contemplates parrot eggs while hawks circle overhead.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Given how well Micheli captures the personality and aspirations of two complicated professionals, it's too bad she never answers the key question: What makes one person a stuntwoman, and another a star?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    With Mysterious Skin, Araki burrowed into the hearts and minds of his audience, looking to provide his viewers with Neil and Brian’s deeper understanding of how to piece together a fractured life, then go looking for the fragments that are still buried deep.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The value of Shake Hands With The Devil is in Dallaire's detailed recollections of what he observed: the anatomy of a mass murder.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    As tense and taut as any crime saga, but the stakes are more personal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Director Sidney Lumet (working from a screenplay by Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler) chooses not to press the superheroic aspect of his protagonist. Serpico is more street-level, tracing a decade of NYPD change--and refusal to change--through an episodic, often elliptical structure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The documentary was shot on film, and Moormann's snappy editing and subtly moving camera match the energy of the jump-blues and roots-rock that Dowd loved.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The family's few lines of dialogue are so integral to advancing the story that they may well have been scripted, but it's not that important whether The Story Of The Weeping Camel is more fiction than objective ethnography. If anything, the contrast between what's real and what may have been faked only adds to the tension between the natural world and encroaching modernism.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    As a piece of filmmaking, the documentary The Five Obstructions is nowhere near as artful as Leth’s films-within-the-film.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    A sumptuously moody memory play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    De Oliveira wraps A Talking Picture with a simultaneous introduction and farewell--a bold curtain-dropper that's either a bleak joke or an imprecisely controlled scream of rage.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Though Wings Of Desire has a classic look, its mood and style is New Wave in every sense of the term. The synthesis of deep thought, leisurely pacing, and stunning visuals is in the spirit of work by the young European filmmakers of the '60s and '70s. (Reviewed in 2003 for DVD Release)
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The strength of Eastwood’s Bridges is in its patience, and how it lets the love story develop from start to finish, even though the audience knows from the beginning the broad strokes of what’s going to happen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    JFK
    So is JFK a good movie? Actually, it’s a great movie that looks better with each passing year. Even aside from what it’s saying, and even with the many, many forced moments, JFK has a mad genius about it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    While it’s corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice weighing down the city circa 1963, and how youthful optimism and music made a difference, if only in the lives of those kids craving some kind of diverse, progressive community.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    There’s a fair amount of Hollywood magic in the way director James Frawley and Henson’s Muppeteers stick Kermit and friends into scenarios in which he’s riding a bike, rowing a boat, and walking in cowboy boots. But the less showy effects always defined the Muppets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Somehow, all of these scattered pieces of film and video fit together, as do the ideas they represent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Darkman is funny, but it’s no joke; it’s the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they’re timeless.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    So far, Nymphomaniac looks like a major work from a major director: a compendium of all von Trier’s career-long preoccupations with gender roles, authoritarianism, religion, obsessive behavior, and lust.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The Selfish Giant is a harsh movie, but it isn’t devoid of hope, because Barnard understands that everything has value—even if it can’t be realized until after an object’s been tossed out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    While Drug War is ultimately more an exercise in craft than a movie with a lot on its mind, it’s a remarkably skillful exercise, and hardly devoid of ideas.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Quietly, persuasively, Tokyo Waka asks whether cultures decline by pouring resources into propping up entities that can no longer support themselves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Il Futuro is a playful, soulful movie, affecting because it’s populated by lost children who can somehow sense they’re in a movie, and that in a movie, the only future is The End.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    First Cousin Once Removed doesn’t come across as overly demeaning or exploitative, because Berliner himself is so kind to Honig in their meetings. But it’s hard to deny that Berliner is using Honig’s deteriorating condition as fodder for his art, just as it’s hard to deny that Berliner’s willingness to risk that criticism is what makes First Cousin Once Removed such a great film.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    What makes Informant so effective is that while its focus is on Darby, the story has a larger scope.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    With thoughtfulness and passion, von Trier strives to give his audience a high, accompanied by the meaning of the high.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The tedium of The Raid 2’s setup is offset by some of the most jaw-dropping, bone-crunching, flesh-ripping setpieces ever filmed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The film is a poetic and lulling mediation on humanity as some kind of ancient alien race, which Reggio means to isolate and examine, as though he’s never encountered them before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Here’s a seemingly twee movie that ultimately, surprisingly argues that some music isn’t for everybody, some people are too broken to fix, and some would-be artists are better off in the audience.
    • 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.