For 917 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 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 10 A Love Song for Bobby Long
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 917
917 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    For all the hubbub, the film succeeds in relating Shakespeare to modern times, thanks mainly to the use of energetic pop music and the gameness of the performers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Because Justice is from the Wiseman school of documentaries, there's no narration and people don't share their thoughts with the camera, which means the movie can come off as a little hollow.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Luhrmann works aggressively for laughs early in the picture, playing up the gaudiness and piggishness of the old-guard dancers in camera angles as extreme and unflattering as a mid-'80s David Lee Roth video.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's fascinating to see how the Black Bears got onto their current path, but we don't see enough of the journey.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    In its overt attempts to balance high-spirited spy adventure with more realistic acting and actio--conveying the realities of government-sponsored murde--Casino Royale is a step in the right direction for the Bond franchise. But it's a small, tentative step.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The Aura holds together as a dreamy variation on "Reservoir Dogs'" heist-gone-wrong fatalism and the know-thyself confrontations of David Mamet's "Homicide."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    von Donnersmarck gives his debut feature, The Lives Of Others, no particular style, and the absence of visual risk-taking renders an exciting premise ponderous and stolid.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The movie is never going to have broad appeal. Though Sasanatieng makes a few swings at real poignancy--which don't really connect--mostly this is the kind of relentlessly postmodern "fun" best served in small portions, and preferably on dessert plates.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Regular Lovers isn't a folly-of-youth story that aches with emotion, like "Au Revoir," "Les Enfants" or "The Squid And The Whale." It's drier, and simpler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though 2 Or 3 Things' central irony is blunt, Ludin's tone remains measured throughout, and never self-serving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If Seraphim Falls' audience appreciates its good points and ignores an ending that tries too hard, they'll just be following a grand genre-buff tradition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Sayar and Schnendar are likeable performers, and if Bilu and Hager had pushed the "private school for girls" side of Close To Home a little harder, they could have had a sharp satire on their hands. Instead, it's all played straight and close to the surface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The problem with Exterminating Angels is that its explanatory side overwhelms its playfully perverse side.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    There's a kind of dry tastefulness about The Wind That Shakes The Barley's historical recreations, even when Loach is staging rapes and executions.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    A fragile little movie, occasionally ridiculous, but with M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady In The Water," Giamatti proved that he can make even the weirdest material believable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Develops its story slowly and carefully, nearly always opting for the plausible over the sensational.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Up to the last five minutes, Poison Friends stays true to that heady, idealistic-to-a-fault world of academia.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The film is striking and often charming, and any movie that places three tall, lanky types aboard a miniature boat named "Titanique" can't be slammed too much. But in the end, it's easier to admire than to love.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    It's so rare these days to see a documentary that aspires to be cinematic that Beyond Hatred may seem at first to be slightly better than it is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    But while Kervel will probably have to have her own children before she fully understands the changes parents go through, she's bound to adjust to her folks' whims. Having no power of her own, what choice does she have?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Doesn't rise to the level of Bujalski's breakthrough feature "Mutual Appreciation," mainly because Swanberg doesn't have Bujalski's eye.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    About A Son may not let in anybody who doesn't already have one foot in Nirvana's doorway, but those people are invited in fully, to experience the contradictions and preoccupations of a man whose music defined his era.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, Terror's Advocate offers a useful summary of the last half-century of global politics, and how changing public perceptions can make goats out of heroes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Spellbinding.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    More propaganda than cinema, and at an hour and a half, its exhaustiveness diminishes its impact. But Epstein anchors the film nicely with her own pregnancy, which occurs while the documentary is in production and comes to an unexpected conclusion before shooting ends.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Even though the message that people should have the right to love whomever they want is hardy groundbreaking, Parvez captures some interesting conversations about what it means to be gay and Muslim.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    The story starts at a low boil and quickly heats up, but the problem with Tell No One--a common problem with contemporary pulp literature--is that at some point, all the narrative's intriguing questions resolve with prosaic answers, delivered in long, convoluted speeches by people wielding guns.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Felon's dialogue is overheated and some of its plot twists are preposterous, yet it's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.

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