Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Nashville Scene , The Dissolve
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
907

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/5 47% The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2014) " Cattet and Forzani are more interested in the imagery and textures of giallo than they are in telling a rich, comprehensible story. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 26, 2014
2.0/5.0 40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " ...if The Possession Of Michael King had embraced its movie-ness, it might've said something powerful about what it's like to be Michael King. " — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 21, 2014
4/5 91% Frank (2014) " Here's a seemingly twee movie that ultimately, surprisingly argues that some music isn't for everybody, some people are too broken to fix, and some would-be artists are better off in the audience." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 12, 2014
3.5/5 75% Breakheart Pass (1975) " The movie offers an unusual spin on a classic Hollywood genre... by starting in a relatively civilized part of late-19th-century America and then rolling way out into the wilderness, becoming more of a Western as it goes." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
3/5 80% Mr. Majestyk (1974) " The violence isn't unmotivated, or generic. Fleischer and Leonard establish the setting and premise well enough that it's damn near tragic when Renda shoots up Majestyk's watermelon crop." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 11, 2014
2/5 46% About Alex (2014) " ...Zwick never really solves the problem of how to make a houseful of semi-likable characters into cinema." — The Dissolve
Posted Aug 5, 2014
2.5/5 64% Finding Fela! (2014) " ...even in scenes of Kuti in his prime, Finding Fela can only give so much time to any one song or speech. Just when Kuti is getting on a roll, Gibney is ready to move on to something else." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 30, 2014
5/5 98% Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) (2004) " What's so overpoweringly beautiful about The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is that it matches human-scaled feelings of regret with the color and intensity of the movies Demy loved as a boy." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 28, 2014
3.5/5 95% The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) " The plotting is weak, and ill-served by the movie's generally lackadaisical approach; but the dialogue is witty, and Wilder and Diamond get a lot of mileage out of the idea that Sherlock Holmes is as fragile as he is brilliant." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
4.5/5 100% Witness for the Prosecution (1957) " Witness For The Prosecution has the pace and patience of live theater, but not the look. Wilder doesn't get overly flashy with camera moves and angles, but he does shift positioning subtly and effectively." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
3/5 75% A Master Builder (2014) " Though A Master Builder is disappointing for not being a great film, it's affecting as another record of Shawn and Gregory's passion for theater. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 22, 2014
A- 87% Boardwalk Empire: Season 3 (TV, 2012) " Welcome back to Boardwalk Empire, folks, where the rich keep getting richer, impeded only by the possibility that they could cross the wrong yegg and catch a bullet in the hatrack. " — AV Club
Posted Jul 15, 2014
B 88% Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 (TV, 2011) " The broad strokes of Boardwalk Empire may be, well, broad, but as we see in this big twist, there are intricacies in the show's study of power and influence, as well as in the shifting dynamics of its relationships. " — AV Club
Posted Jul 15, 2014
A- 93% Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (TV, 2010) " In gambling parlance, HBO's new series Boardwalk Empire is about as close as TV gets to a sure thing. " — AV Club
Posted Jul 15, 2014
3.5/5 89% The Baby (1973) " The film [is] a warped mirror on American family life, depicting parenting as an act of grotesque selfishness." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 14, 2014
3/5 76% The Congress (2014) " The Congress frequently feels way too ponderous, as though Folman were sure he was saying something important with this film, and didn't want anyone to miss any of it." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 14, 2014
4.5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Rarely has anything like this been attempted in cinema, with a filmmaker intentionally setting out to watch a young person grow up on screen." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4/5 87% Southern Comfort (1981) " Beyond its genre roots and its deeper meanings, Southern Comfort is a well-honed study of characters and setting." — The Dissolve
Posted Jul 7, 2014
4/5 100% First Cousin, Once Removed " [This] documentary portrait of Honig at the end of his life ... puts the poet's state of constant "now" in the context of the brilliant but sometimes cruel man he used to be. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 30, 2014
3.5/5 91% Venus in Fur (2014) " Polanski's direction of Venus In Fur is masterful-a pleasure in and of itself-but Seigner is the star attraction here, giving one of the best performances of her distinguished career." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 100% Judex (1963) " Judex's pacing is syrupy and its tone hazy, like a halting, half-remembered dream of a movie that may have never existed." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 16, 2014
2.5/5 59% Hellion (2014) " Hellion lingers for most of its running time in a betwixt-and-between place, never becoming either the sublime character sketch or the overripe melodrama it alternately promises to be." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 11, 2014
4/5 88% The Nutty Professor (1963) " [Jerry] Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 9, 2014
3/5 83% Dormant Beauty (2014) " Dormant Beauty always comes back to the difficult decisions that family members have to make for each other, contrasted with the huffiness of outsiders who try to project their own beliefs onto someone else's business." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 3, 2014
3/5 43% Ravenous (1999) " There's an awkwardness to Ravenous' more violent scenes, and while Carlyle and Jones give zesty performances, the rest of the supporting cast is quirky to a fault." — The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3.5/5 97% We Are the Best! (2014) " [...] We Are The Best! captures both the spirit of the early 1980s and the way pre-teens and teens have their own ideas of what's important." — The Dissolve
Posted May 28, 2014
1.5/5 18% Gambit (2014) " Firth and Diaz, game as they are, look lost and disappointed most of the time during Gambit, as though they pictured themselves making Burn After Reading, and instead found themselves in The Ladykillers." — The Dissolve
Posted May 27, 2014
3.5/5 93% The Dance of Reality (2014) " The Dance Of Reality represents Jodorowsky in an accessible mode, telling a version of his life story in a way that will allow anyone who's never seen any of his work before [...] to get a good sense of who he is and what he's all about." — The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2014
3.5/5 86% Cold in July (2014) " [...] It's rare to see a movie where the first five minutes reveal almost nothing about what the audience can expect in the last five. [...] It looms over viewers like it can't wait to kick their ass. And then it kicks." — The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2014
4/5 92% Overlord (1975) " [...] Overlord's vision of war is still unlike that of any other fiction feature: more jarring, and more awe-inspiring." — The Dissolve
Posted May 19, 2014
A- 75% Lost: Season 6 (TV, 2009-2010) " The themes persist, the characters persist, the mood persists, and the many, many great episodes persist. " — AV Club
Posted May 15, 2014
A- 88% Lost: Season 5 (TV, 2009) " If Season Five has taught me anything about Lost, it's not to assume anything. " — AV Club
Posted May 15, 2014
B+ 100% Lost: Season 4 (TV, 2008) " By and large, they (Lindelof and Cuse) did well with Season Four. " — AV Club
Posted May 15, 2014
100% Lost: Season 3 (TV, 2006-2007) " Quality control on this show has stayed relatively high. " — AV Club
Posted May 15, 2014
—— Lost: Season 2 (TV, 2005-2006) " I enjoyed Season Two, and really like a lot about how it ended. " — AV Club
Posted May 15, 2014
2.5/5 67% The Godfather, Part III (1990) " [...] a crushing disappointment. It's a sluggish movie with nothing to say about the moral rot of the powerful that the first two parts didn't say much better [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted May 12, 2014
2.5/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " With Devil's Knot, Egoyan doesn't make this material his own, so much as he halfheartedly restages what a few good documentarians have already shot. Anyone could've made this movie. Too many already have." — The Dissolve
Posted May 6, 2014
4/5 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) " The strength of Eastwood's Bridges is in its patience, and how it lets the love story develop from start to finish, even though the audience knows from the beginning the broad strokes of what's going to happen. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 5, 2014
1.5/5 25% Mr. Jones (2014) " No matter how creative its frames, Mr. Jones is [...] just an unimpressive stack of sticks and skulls. " — The Dissolve
Posted May 1, 2014
2.5/5 75% Bicycling with Moliere (2014) " Bicycling With Molière lacks the roughness of real life, or even the expressiveness of cinema. It plays like theater-and dinner theater at that." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 24, 2014
4/5 88% The Five Obstructions (2003) " [...]The reason The Five Obstructions lingers as an essential part of von Trier's filmography [...] is because it reveals so much about why von Trier has worked the way he has in the past [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 21, 2014
3.5/5 100% Manakamana (2014) " Manakamana is both calming and imagination-sparking, forcing viewers to look at human faces for 10-minute stretches, whether those faces are talking excitedly or quietly looking around." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
4/5 100% Alice (Neco z Alenky) (1988) " Nothing in Svankmajer's Alice is inappropriate per se [...] and Svankmajer does stay true to the particulars of Carroll's book. But he also put his personal stamp on Alice, by literalizing on film a lot of what reads as fantasy on the page." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2014
2.5/5 50% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Hateship Loveship is unimpressive as a whole, but it's stitched together with small, memorable touches [...]" — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Big House (1930) " It's an outsized, abstracted version of everyday life circa 1930." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 7, 2014
4/5 100% The Swimmer (1968) " As effectively as almost any movie ever made about American suburbia, The Swimmer gets the contentment that comes with material success[...] And it gets how the fantasy is hard to sustain." — The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2014
4/5 79% The Raid 2 (2014) " Every standoff is larger in scale, and designed to make the one before look like prep-work [but] Even at their most extreme, the action scenes are grounded in human physicality-and frailty." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2014
3/5 98% Jodorowsky's Dune (2014) " The best parts of Jodorowsky's Dune explain just how a mad genius like Jodorowsky almost made the impossible possible, just by declaring it to be so. " — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " [The film is] about a woman chasing a feeling [...] With thoughtfulness and passion, von Trier strives to give his audience a high, accompanied by the meaning of the high." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/5 84% Mysterious Skin (2005) " [...] For a movie about something as painful as child sexual abuse, Mysterious Skin doesn't repel. There's an allure to the images, which are as carefully posed and framed as figures in a softly illuminated dollhouse." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 17, 2014
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