For 1,782 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Noel Murray's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Lethal Weapon
Lowest review score: 0 The Fanatic
Score distribution:
1782 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Finnegan offers a vision of domesticity as a soul-sucking grind, done for the benefit of malevolent overlords. His film chills the mind more than the spine.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    A magnificent cast only partially compensates for the fizzling narrative.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    Despite Tanović’s efforts to depict these crimes and their aftermath as aestheticized abstractions, there’s something depressingly mundane about the way the murders and the investigation play out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It is funny and fast paced, with an outstanding cast, and Orley modulates the tone well, conveying both the fun and the danger of being young, impulsive and poorly supervised.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    This procedural quality to Escape From Pretoria — combined with an accomplished cast that includes Ian Hart as the anti-apartheid prisoner most opposed to Jenkin’s plan — adds some oomph to a movie that features limited sets, a simple story and none of the Hollywood polish of The Shawshank Redemption.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    Both parts of The Dark Red are hit-and-miss. The film’s premise is engaging, regardless of whether Bush and Byrne are using it as a foundation for a moody chamber piece or for a Kill Bill-esque thriller. But the movie suffers from its low budget, which makes its overall scope too limited to suit Sybil’s sprawling story.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Blood on Her Name runs out of juicy “So now what’s” by its final stretch. But Lind is terrific throughout; and it’s a welcome change-of-pace to see a story about lawbreakers where no one involved is any kind of psychopath or super-crook. They’re all just plain folks, leading ordinary lives … and making terrible mistakes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    Where Disappearance at Clifton Hill really excels is in exploring the visual and sonic textures of a decaying resort, and in hailing the plucky resourcefulness of a broken woman, trying to piece her memories — and maybe herself — back together.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Like its predecessor, “The Boy II” is a fairly corny and stodgy spook-show, with a few good jolts and one genuinely creepy killer toy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Very little about this movie feels fresh or original; but a talented cast, a solid Alex Carl script, and director Andy Palmer’s energetic pace and playful tone do make Camp Cold Brook unusually fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For the most part Hank’s heartbreak resonates. By the end of After Midnight, he and the audience both may wonder whether the bogeyman and true love are equally mythical.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This documentary might’ve been better with another few years’ worth of reporting and perspective.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    The best movie twists — like the ones in “Psycho,” “The Crying Game” and “Parasite” — aren’t just unexpected, but also change the direction and meaning of the story. Director Ant Timpson’s blackly comic thriller Come to Daddy isn’t in the same elite class as those films, but it does deliver a good, sick twist; and sometimes that’s enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    There’s nothing notably new — or especially scary — about any of it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    The movie is most successful when it ditches the particulars of the text and just grooves on how it feels to be displaced and disgruntled, stranded in a surreal mindscape that in some ways makes just as much sense as any other day on a dreary alpaca ranch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    This movie is gripping from start to finish, largely because of Marsan, who makes Jarvis both charismatic and complex.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    While Pearce is typically superb as the hero — a self-doubting U.S. marshal named Jim Dillon — the film itself is otherwise utterly unremarkable. The combination of stiff, overwritten dialogue and flatly functional action sequences wastes a good lead performance.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Director Andy Newbery — working from a script credited to four writers — makes the story look classy but can’t find its beating heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Noel Murray
    This is what ultimately makes the movie’s climate-change backdrop more poignant than perplexing. By the end of Weathering With You, this has become a story about two people with their whole lives ahead of them, navigating their way through a future where they pine for things we all take for granted. Like, say, the simple pleasure of a sunny day.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    Like the original experiment, this film fails when it tries to impose a conclusion, rather than letting its meaning reveal itself naturally.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    The Sonata is well-made but not exceptional. It could use fewer long, expository conversations and more heart-stopping horror set-pieces. The actors have a lot of verve, but because their characters are so straightforward — bordering on archetypal — their situation is hard to connect to on an emotional level.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    At both its highest and its lowest, Inherit the Viper lacks excitement. The action sequences are sparse, and the plot is underdeveloped.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    This is not a “fun” horror picture. It’s about miseries both supernatural and mundane. And, yes, it’s scary. Pesce’s art-film roots are evident in the movie’s slow-burn first hour. But in the final third, The Grudge piles on the explicit gore and jump scares — all leading to a final scene and final shot as terrifying as anything in the original series.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Noel Murray
    It’s impossible to overstate what Fraser brings to this movie, with his imposing frame, manic energy and slangy dialogue. The other leads are strong too — including Abhay Deol as an undercover cop. But Batra doesn’t do enough fresh or surprising with the plot or action scenes, both of which are merely functional.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    Writer-director Alec Tibaldi pays more attention to the setting than the story; but the heroine and her surroundings are so artfully sketched that a thin plot isn’t a major liability.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    An uneven but often energizing remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 cult classic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Noel Murray
    It’s rare to see a horror film so devoted to intricate plot mechanics and so concerned with driving to a satisfying payoff.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Noel Murray
    The limited location here appears to have been strictly a cost-saving measure, not an opportunity to get creative.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Noel Murray
    For the most part this movie is a tightly constructed and sensitively rendered conversation-starter, comparing grief and loss to the sensation of faulty memories. It takes a strange and fascinating meme, and makes it personal.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Noel Murray
    This is a rare case when a cheap B-movie isn’t improved by Cage-style clowning.

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