For 1,463 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 L'Enfant (The Child)
Lowest review score: 0 Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?
Score distribution:
1463 movie reviews
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    • 30 Noel Murray
    Clumsy and corny, the film plays like a pat showbiz cautionary tale, half-heartedly reworked into lurid pulp.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Director Mélanie Laurent and actors Ben Foster and Elle Fanning bring some seedy poetry to Galveston, a muted crime drama that runs out of plot too soon, but makes up for it with powerhouse performances and a finely shaded sense of place.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    Well-made but generic, the thriller The Super is noteworthy primarily for featuring one of Val Kilmer’s first substantial roles since recovering from throat cancer. Director Stephan Rick works around the actor’s infirmities, but Kilmer’s offbeat charisma remains unmistakable.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    The movie’s artier components are imbued with enough heart and poetry to hold the picture together — just barely — through the more tedious stretches.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    Bernstein stages a few good, tense moments in the film’s second half — in particular a skate-chase scene on an iced-over stream — but Look Away mostly fails as a “killer teen” movie. The pace is too slow, and the mood too somber.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    An accomplished cast does what it can to bring the material to life, but it’s tough to add fine emotional shading to characters so thick and cartoonish.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Once all the pieces are in place, the film becomes a more conventional and less interesting thriller, with a single violent villain the heroes have to overcome.
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    • 30 Noel Murray
    If nothing else, The Church proves something: Better an amusingly terrible, eye-catching horror movie than a slick, nondescript, boring one.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    This picture tries to encompass many ideas: about loyalty, the lust for fame and the slippery slope of immoral behavior. All of that is in the film. It just hasn’t been put in any particular order.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Ultimately, Ride feels a little like a drama class exercise, with the leads digging deep into their characters’ motivations and feelings. All three nail their parts. But their story never gets out of first gear.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    For the most part, this is a tautly constructed exercise in suspense, set among striking-looking snowbound fields and farmhouses. It’s a vivid slice-of-life, even before the literal slicing begins.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Hell Fest has exactly one genuinely nail-biting scene.... Otherwise, the movie does little to update, subvert, or comment on the trappings of classic thrillers like “The Funhouse” and “Halloween.”
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    • 30 Noel Murray
    Writer-director Nathaniel Atcheson has found a clever way to tell a lot of story without many resources — although the end result is still more exhausting than enticing.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Maximum Impact is a dopey international thriller that’s fully aware of how dumb it is, This doesn’t make it a good movie, but it does make it easier to sit through.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    The movie balances electrifying archival footage with useful contextual cultural analysis.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    A heavyweight cast and superb location-shooting carries The Padre, an otherwise meandering crime thriller.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    The creature effects in Strange Nature are top-notch, but Ojala has trouble making them scary. His plot’s too scattered to build any momentum.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Even when it’s considering a great man’s flaws, it does so with understanding, taking its cues from Q’s own philosophy: “You only live 26,000 days. I’m going to wear them all out.”
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Gold does an excellent job of evoking the past. But there’s nothing really holding the film’s most poignant moments together: no narrative drive, and no sense of a larger world. This song has a catchy melody, but the arrangement is a mess.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    The film’s appealingly twisty and easy to watch — though it’s ultimately weighed down by a generic plot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Loving Mandy means appreciating what’s special about it from start to finish: from the psychedelic opening to the speed-metal finale. This film is a fusion of kitsch and pulp, underscored with a genuine spiritual yearning. It shouldn’t even be shown in theaters; it should be projected onto the side of an old hippie’s van.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    The movie’s well-meaning, but also tedious and self-indulgent, with only brief flashes of originality — and even those are quickly interrupted by yet another explicit sex scene.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    A poky thriller that — eventually — delivers some decent scares.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    There’s an outstanding short film lurking within Diane, a sketchy, enigmatic thriller that writer-director Michael Mongillo (reworking a Matt Giannini screenplay) can’t quite fill out into a feature. Strong performances and some memorably dramatic moments suggest what might have been, had the movie been more focused.
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    • 60 Noel Murray
    The story gradually finds its way to a predictable place, but the company’s interesting along the way, and the scenery can’t be beat.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Thrill-seekers should be warned that this is more a surreal, nightmarish and occasionally sexually explicit trip into an adolescent’s psyche than a spook show. Yakin uses genre packaging for an intense, personal film, which many viewers may find discomfiting — if only because it’s so hard to classify.
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    • 40 Noel Murray
    Screenwriter Robert Rhine and co-directors Devon Downs and Kenny Gage have made something polished, colorful and energetic but, ultimately, pretty disposable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Danny McBride is at his funniest and scariest in Arizona, a darkly comic film noir that works well as both a violent thriller and as a ruthless satire of over-extended American dreamers.
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    • 50 Noel Murray
    What the film mostly lacks is its own flavor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Noel Murray
    Allen and Anderson are outstanding in roles that require a lot of levels and moods, as the central relationship goes from loving to shaky to … well, something else.

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