For 932 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 932
932 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The emotions evoked by Bird People should be familiar to anyone who ever stared out the window of a classroom, imagining what it would be like to leave school, hop on a bike, and go for a ride around the mostly empty neighborhood.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Throughout The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, even when it gets bogged down in too much story, the animation is so gorgeous that any given frame could pass for a masterwork.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    It’s simultaneously tricky and profound—a documentary about something small that gradually grows to cover so much more.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Do the undeniably Malick-derived qualities of The Better Angels work against it, or is the film all the more special for being, essentially, a bonus Malick picture? To be fair to Edwards, a lot about The Better Angels sets it apart from Malick.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Director Bennett Miller and screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman have thought through every scene and every line in Foxcatcher. Nothing is irrelevant. The film proceeds like a well-constructed argument.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Happy Valley’s subject matter is difficult, but not Bar-Lev’s approach, which unfolds like an outstanding piece of long-form magazine reportage, taking into account history, culture, and the personalities of multiple major characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Song Of The Sea is a triumph of design and animation, populating lavishly detailed, patterned backdrops with characters so simplified that they could’ve been cut-and-pasted from a newspaper comic strip.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    A documentary that’s both impressionistic and informative—admiring the magic of dance even in its formative stages, while also turning the making of art into a kind of procedural.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The Elkabetzes don’t need the audience to have any firsthand experience of what Viviane and Elisha are actually like at home. Gett works better if the viewer has to puzzle out the truth from testimony, asides, and outbursts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    A Poem Is A Naked Person is littered with striking moments that fit casually into Blank’s study of fame and aspiration.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is one of To's typically tangled meditations on the smearing of good and evil, in moments where instinct overcomes morality. And ultimately, To cares less about the motivations of opposing forces than about the spectacular collisions they produce.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Has about a dozen layers of in-joke, and up to the eighth or ninth layer, they mostly work.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    So long as Sorry, Haters stays ambiguous and sticks to long, winding conversations between Penn and Kechiche, the movie rolls along and builds momentum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Iron Island is at its most compelling early, as Rasoulof explores his human-scaled ant farm, detailing how people make lives for themselves in cramped quarters, using cardboard partitions and jerry-rigged appliances.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Almost as fascinating as the depiction of modern Cameroon law is the snapshot of how the 21st century has found its way into rural Africa. Cameroon has always been one of the more developed African nations, but the place where Sisters In Law takes place still consists mainly of tumbledown shacks strung together chaotically.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    These characters are still rich, and their potential growth still compelling. Here's hoping we meet them again in another five years.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    La Moustache recalls the "everyday suspense" films of Roman Polanski and the existential woe of Michelangelo Antonioni, but it isn't as strange or penetrating as the former, or as artfully shot as the latter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Hacke is in almost every shot, taking in the performances and sometimes singing and dancing along, inviting the audience to share in the joy of discovery.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Whatever its pretensions of social relevance, Sérgio Machado's Lower City is essentially an exploitation movie, and not a half-bad one at that.

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