For 1,623 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Stalag 17
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1623 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It has a cumulative power, as Trobisch focuses on the small details, looking closely at a woman who doesn’t want to be defined by the thoughtlessly inhumane thing someone else chose to do.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    This film engages and challenges the audience throughout, raising questions about the relationship between humanity and the technology we rely on. It’s an exciting film to watch, but an even better one to think about after — preferably in the company of a real, physically present person.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Only one episode falls flat, while two cruise by on style and attitude, and two are genuinely brilliant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    This is a solidly gripping and at times heartbreaking study of ordinary guys, out on the water trying to support their families, while knowing deep down — just from the shoddy condition of their sub’s equipment — that any given voyage is likely to be their last.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    The strong sensibility and the unabashed sensationalism overcome some (but not all) the movie’s amateurism. The raggedness is part of the charm, making “Killer Unicorn” feel like the filmmakers’ deeply personal craft project.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It’s good that Wayne takes some chances with a familiar genre, but his excessive fragmentation effectively turns this movie into a 90-minute trailer.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Most of the first half of director Ellie Callahan’s supernatural thriller Head Count feel like a waste of time, made all the more frustrating once the movie starts to improve.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Daughter of the Wolf could’ve used a jaw-dropping set-piece or two (or three or four), but Hackl does at least embrace the challenge of shooting outside in the cold, and the movie’s moderately better for it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    The movie too often plays like a regional theater production of “Goodfellas,” marred by some hammy dark comedy and off-the-rack tough-guy dialogue. The passion of the people behind this project is evident, and appreciated.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Noel Murray
    Frequently, Morrison punctuates her points and her recollections with a warm chuckle, expressing the same embrace of life’s fullness that informs even her bleakest stories.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    A pair of superb performances — from Suzanne Clément as a traumatized pregnant journalist and from Shelley Thompson as a suspiciously solicitous B&B proprietor — can’t overcome an excess of premise in “The Child Remains,” a well-made Canadian gothic horror film that just has too much on its mind.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    This is another memorable Doleac effort, true — but it’s more painfully awkward than daring.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Fans of ’80s video-store fare should appreciate Barbarash’s commitment to making something this knowingly trashy. The film is only a modest amount of fun — but fun is fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    To call this movie harrowing is an understatement. It’s a focused — and perhaps necessary — assault on the senses.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The cast is talented — and occasionally funny — but they run out of fertile material quickly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s a little like a post-apocalyptic survivalist thriller, crossed with Lynn Ramsay’s impressionistic masterpiece “Morvern Callar,” crossed with a Radiohead video. Not all of those pieces fit together. But they combine into something strikingly original.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    As the true purpose of the quest becomes clearer, Huang raises the film’s stakes, aiming for a profundity that he can’t quite hit — though he takes a solid shot.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    There’s just not enough of that good De Palma stuff here. The lush Pino Donaggio score and some well-choreographed chase sequences only hint at the movie Domino could’ve been, if a great artist had been granted access to his full palette.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Perfect also shows that striking images alone aren’t always enough. Alcazar and cinematographer Matthias Koenigswieser have concocted some fine illustrations. Now all they need is some decent text.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Amanda Crew and Adam Brody give bracingly realistic performances as a grief-stricken couple in “Isabelle,” a supernatural thriller ultimately too sensationalistic to make proper use of the stars’ excellent work.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Even with solid supporting performances by Morgan Freeman, Robert Patrick and Peter Stormare, this movie’s just … well, sad. Twenty-five years ago, this exact cast and creative team might have turned this material into something to rival “Harper” or “Body Heat.” Now, they all seem slower and lazier: as committed to making a taut mystery as they are to mastering a Texas drawl.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    There’s nothing especially original about “Assimilate.” But director John Murlowski and a talented young cast — including Joel Courtney, Calum Worthy and Andi Matichak as the plucky high schoolers trying to save their town — do at least keep the action lively and unpretentious.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Avengement features a good balance of colorfully profane British gangster-speak and intense, explicitly gory punch-outs.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    These kind of indie neo-noirs can be little gems when done well. Here though, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz and screenwriter Michael Arkof have delivered something largely devoid of style or narrative tension.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    A dispiritingly familiar story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    There’s nothing particularly awful about the film (title aside), but it never develops into the “Shaun of the Dead”-like social satire it strains to be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    While the “Wait Until Dark”-like suspense of the film’s climax feels a little rote, that’s OK, because the foggy depiction of a troubled marriage is plenty disturbing.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s a grim vision, sure. But it’s a compelling one too, using the flash of a space opera to remind viewers that — whether on the ground or in the stars — we’re stuck with each other.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    A thin plot and a distractingly jaunty score hold The Bastards’ Fig Tree back. But for the most part, this is a thought-provoking historical fairy tale about the values — and grudges — that survive whomever’s in power.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    This almost unclassifiable Brazilian horror film is one of the most assured, unconventional genre pictures of recent years.

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