For 1,205 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 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Under the Shadow
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1205 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For the many, many viewers who’ve never heard of Dream Alliance, Osmond’s documentary is edge-of-the-seat stuff.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The notion of a love story that's really about two women becoming friends is gimmicky, I'll grant, but Graynor and Miller are so charming together, and the movie is so focused and funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's a cogent, often infuriating explication of how the execution of the war went awry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    It's so much fun that as Tomboy moves toward its conclusion, the inevitable end of Héran's days as Mikael feels like watching someone die.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    On the list of Disney-related 2016 releases about child-rearing and handicaps, this one goes just above "Finding Dory." What it lacks in wacky hijinks, it makes up in hard truths.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A haunting mediation on water replacing its predecessor’s preoccupation with stars and dirt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    As Gabbert alternates [Gold's] monologues with long, gliding shots of funky supermarkets and old cinemas, she makes the point these aren’t disconnected aberrations in L.A. This is the city.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    A comedy of sorts, though to Jacobs' credit, he doesn't aim for cheap laughs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Better Than Something doesn't really try to resolve the mystery of how someone could be simultaneously so productive and destructive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The Bridesmaid goes slack at times, as it follows multiple Magimel family subplots, but as always, Chabrol stages everything with an elegant economy, moving the camera in short bursts that direct the eye but don't distract. Still, the movie would fail completely if not for the dynamic between the two leads.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    If modern art-lovers want to understand what the Jack Smith experience was like, Jordan's documentary may be their best chance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    In the first 15 minutes, viewers may be rolling their eyes at these kids; by the end, they might be eager to re-watch that opening scene, to get to know them all over again.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    For those who can’t abide conventional biopics, here’s a viable alternative: A Room And A Half, a fantastical, imaginative depiction of the life of Nobel-winning Russian poet Joseph Brodsky.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The story’s many advances and reversals can be hard to follow at times, but this isn’t really a movie where plot is paramount. Everything boils down to the action, and what that action means.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Aside from the corny title, Anthony Baxter's You've Been Trumped is a fine, powerful piece of documentary filmmaking, using old-fashioned vérité techniques - and more than a little audience manipulation - to show how political influence and media savvy help the wealthy exert their will.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    To The Limit is full of a lot of talk about "risk" and "dreams" and "making the impossible possible," and Danquart's stabs at making this an inspirational tale can be a little exhausting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    When Two Worlds Collide employs a variety of styles and approaches to construct a single gripping narrative.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Temple introduces viewers to Strummer the punster, Strummer the womanizer, and Strummer the poseur, whom his mates could only really talk to when no one else was around.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    The pleasure of Happy People comes from watching these men go about their work, while they explain that the only way to make it in the taiga is to do and take exactly what's needed, and not get greedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, Cocaine Cowboys' lesson isn't that crime doesn't pay, but that it maybe pays too well.

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