For 1,537 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 A Christmas Story
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1537 movie reviews
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    Unlike Medem’s best films, The Tree of Blood feels way too haphazard. It hops freely between timelines and characters, such that it becomes more of a compilation of sensual, stimulating scenes than a movie with anything in particular to say.
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    • 70 Noel Murray
    The simplicity of “Parkland” is often quite affecting.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    Though it never rises above the level of “interesting experiment,” the dystopian thriller The Bellwether teems with so many ideas that even the bad ones don’t weigh it down too much.
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    • 60 Noel Murray
    From the exotic ports of call to the occasional musical numbers, Yucatán is a mostly enjoyable ride. It’s meant to be a throwback to glamorous old Hollywood movies. Like a typical American pleasure cruise, it’s a serviceable facsimile of something fancy.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    Writer-director Matthew Berkowitz’s crime drama A Violent Man has all the pungent cynicism of a classic film noir but lacks the urgency. A slower-than-necessary pace drags on a movie that’s otherwise well-written and well-acted, and which makes good use of its setting in the world of mixed martial arts.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    The effect is like watching a bar band do a cover version of “The Amityville Horror” — spirited enough, but hardly ready for the big time.
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    • 70 Noel Murray
    The Butler-Harts built their story around the place, and don’t squander any of the spectacular scenery. This island looks like something from a dark fairy tale — so that’s exactly what the filmmakers have made.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Kern and Hennessy are always incredibly entertaining, going toe-to-toe, as Mary defies the convent’s rules and a smiling Mother Superior makes her pay.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    A well-crafted and idiosyncratic supernatural thriller, the film plays like a mix of “Frankenstein,” “The Witch,” and some of the Coen brothers’ more explicitly Jewish movies.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    While the art world caricatures are hardly fresh, there’s a lot about Velvet Buzzsaw that’s pretty savvy and even inspired.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    Zuhdi’s story is ambitious; and there’s something poignant about the way these characters’ roundabout schemes keep pushing them further away from what they really want. But the audience rarely gets to see these plans play out.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    The film’s biggest issue is its balance between setup and payoff.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    The film is unapologetically “low art” … yet fun, in its own way.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    While this movie is pretty incomprehensible, it’s at least memorable.
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    • 30 Noel Murray
    The premise is effectively eerie; the presentation depressingly sloppy.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    An obvious abundance of creative passion went into the two-fisted action picture Split Lip — a film that’s generally likable but ultimately too slight and derivative to recommend.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The Brawler isn’t terrible, but those with any interest at all in Chuck Wepner should start with one of the many better options.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Written, directed and produced by Vicky Jewson, Close works well when it sticks to the distinctive personal details of this kind of job; but it too often defaults to a run-of-the-mill international thriller.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The characters and premise of Pledge are over-the-top, but the movie understands that — whether comedy or horror — all these stories are really about a desperate yearning for belonging.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Director Marius A. Markevicius and screenwriter Ben York Jones fail to find much of a fresh angle on genocide and widespread cruelty.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    Like a lot of low-budget horror, writer-director Matty Castano’s Alone in the Dead of Night is more a case study in shrewd resource-management than it is a movie.
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    • 30 Noel Murray
    Though Krings co-wrote and co-directed the film (the latter alongside Arnaud Bouron), “Tall Tales” lacks his usual gentle kookiness and vivid designs.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Too many scenes run longer than they need to, padded out with overly folksy and reflective dialogue. But McGowan makes good use of autumnal Appalachia, staging a lot of scenes outdoors in the barren, brown hills.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    While “Worm Valley” is generally diverting, the plotting is remedial — and devoid of whatever personality Zhang brought to his books. There’s just enough story here to support the next big special effects sequence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Mullan brings edginess and gravitas to the kind of role he’s played dozens of times. Butler, though, is a pleasant surprise, departing from his usual one-dimensional action heroes to play a dramatic part — and so well that one wonders why he doesn’t do it more often.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The mix of genres and the overload of characters are too much of a drag on the film. Waterston, though, is a wonder throughout, capturing the deep confusion as a woman whose life has been so upended that she wonders if she’ll ever see straight again.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Because of the talent involved, every now and then Holmes & Watson hits on something bizarrely inspired.
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    • 70 Noel Murray
    Like any good hoofer, the South Korean musical Swing Kids is eager to please, relying on both subtly graceful moves and aggressive razzle-dazzle. Though a bit longer than necessary, the movie tells an engaging, enjoyable story, peppered with impressive dance numbers.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Noel Murray
    Quale and his crew clearly want this to be a good old-fashioned two-fisted caper, but the pacing is leaden and the plot lacks imagination. Worst of all, nobody really bothered to give the picture an angle. It’s all straight, flat and dull.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    The actor’s fierce commitment turns Between Worlds into another solidly strange entry in the ever-expanding “Nicolas Cage movie” sub-genre.

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