Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 81% of the time.

Publications:
AV Club , Nashville Scene , The Dissolve
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
865

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 46% 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 80% 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 59% 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
4/5 97% Hairspray (1988) " While it's corny by design, Hairspray also aims to get at something truthful, about the various kinds of prejudice [...] and how youthful optimism and music made a difference [...]." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Nymphomaniac looks like a major work from a major director: a compendium of [...] preoccupations with gender roles, authoritarianism, religion, obsessive behavior, and lust." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3.5/5 87% Chicago (2002) " Chicago becomes less of a literal skewering of how celebrity criminals manipulate a rigged game, and more of a pure fantasy, not meant to be taken seriously." — The Dissolve
Posted Mar 3, 2014
4.0/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " The Lunchbox comes across as a crafty crowd-pleaser, but with a clever structure[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 27, 2014
4.5/5 97% King of the Hill (1993) " King Of The Hill balances an incident-packed script with muted tones, painting a rich, absorbing picture of one boy's struggle to live by his wits." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 24, 2014
3.5/5 —— Sick Birds Die Easy " There's a honest, moving core to Sick Birds Die Easy, which suggests that every potential utopia will be undone by human nature" — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4.0/5 82% Darkman (1990) " Darkman is funny, but it's no joke; it's the work of a man who underlines the conventions of adventure stories and horror because he enjoys them, and knows that even when rendered tongue-in-cheek, they're timeless." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3.0/5 —— Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (2013) " [Spike] Lee doesn't judge Tyson's sins, but he does express an attitude toward his story, through the way he frames a desperately ingratiating Tyson at a persistent remove." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 14, 2014
2/5 58% The Returned (2014) " The Returned is sort of about prejudice and paranoia, but for the most part, the social commentary is as absent as the action, with both taking a back seat to clever conceptualizing." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 13, 2014
100% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter " There's a spooky poetry to the climactic sequences of Kumiko, as a one-of-a-kind individual disappears into the snow, in search of a memorable movie prop that also disappeared into the snow." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.0/5 100% 7 Boxes (2014) " 7 Boxes is way too simple, but it mostly works, because every twist of the plot and turn of the street leads back to this one kid, who'll do anything to make enough money to become someone other than himself." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/5 83% The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) " With its earthy Sven Nykvist cinematography and its emphasis on the character's rumpled clothes and weathered homes, this Postman is like something from the [Bob] Rafelson of 10 years earlier: pensive and realistic." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Tim's Vermeer is a highly entertaining, provocative film about an amazing experiment, and it's straightforward in its presentation and aims, throwing no curveballs." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 7, 2014
4.0/5 68% Visitors (2014) " Some of what [Godfrey] Reggio is trying to say is obvious, and some is elusive. Either way, the effect is remarkable." — The Dissolve
Posted Feb 6, 2014
2.5/5 56% For Ever Mozart (1997) " For Ever Mozart's wryly postmodern take on art vs. reality struck even some longtime Godard defenders as unconscionable at worst, tedious at best." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/5 70% Je Vous Salue, Marie (Hail Mary) (1985) " [S]een alongside Godard's other films, Hail Mary isn't that shocking. It's a film of great sensitivity and yearning[.]" — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 31, 2014
3.5/5 86% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " As is often the case with Kore-eda's films, [the] larger theme emerges gradually, and mostly via low-key, slice-of-life scenes that initially seem too aimless, but make more sense once it's clearer where Like Father, Like Son is going. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.0/5 63% Generation War (2014) " There's a strong narrative pull to Generation War as it moves from one crisis to another, [and] many of those crises are genuinely exciting and suspenseful. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 24, 2014
A 100% Breaking Bad: Season 2 (TV, 2009) " Breaking Bad is in one of those rare zones right now where nearly every visual, plot or character element is enriching the whole. " — AV Club
Posted Jan 15, 2014
B 100% Breaking Bad: Season 3 (TV, 2010) " The episode is improved significantly by the ongoing struggles of this season's early MVP, Hank. " — AV Club
Posted Jan 15, 2014
4/5 92% The Killing Fields (1984) " Every scene of The Killing Fields (and every participant in its making) is in service of showing how abruptly a seemingly safe and vital individual can have everything essential stripped away." — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 13, 2014
3.5/5 100% The Great Flood (2014) " The Great Flood works as a wordless narrative of human endurance. " — The Dissolve
Posted Jan 8, 2014
4/5 97% The Selfish Giant (2013) " The Selfish Giant is never so bleak that it's unwatchable. On the contrary: It's so immediately engaging that it's hard not to watch. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 19, 2013
3/5 —— The Five Pennies (1959) " The Five Pennies is a solidly crafted movie that glosses over a lot of the real history of jazz. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 43% A Song Is Born (1948) " A dreary affair, sanding off the original's satirical edges." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) " The best parts of the movie Mitty are the ones that hew closer to Thurber, because they put the cartoonish Kaye in a world every bit as nutty." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2/5 60% The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) " The Kid From Brooklyn keeps stalling the plot to fit in another of the usual Goldwyn musical-comedy elements" — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2.5/5 100% Wonder Man (1945) " The premise is a thin thread on which the Goldwyn creative team hang big numbers, often barely related to the plot." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
2.5/5 —— Up in Arms (1944) " Kaye is at his best in Up In Arms, where he stops the show multiple times. " — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 16, 2013
3/5 41% Here Comes the Devil (2013) " Bogliano provides a steady series of jolts, all the way to an ending that's twisty but ultimately unsatisfying." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 57% Some Velvet Morning (2013) " Some Velvet Morning is absorbing and enraging, sure to spark debate both about its meaning and its method." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2013
4.5/5 100% Mary Poppins (1964) " Whether the movie's message is Travers-approved or not, the emphasis on joy and empathy proves heartening, even today." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 9, 2013
A- 96% Miracle on 34th Street (1947) " Yes, Miracle On 34th Street is pure Hollywood hokum... But the film is pretty savvy too, getting a jump on mounting anxieties about the post-war cult of consumerism." — AV Club
Posted Dec 3, 2013
3.5/5 83% The Punk Singer (2013) " The Punk Singer is assembled well, moving efficiently through the most important pieces of Hanna's biography...while Hanna and her friends explain the significance." — The Dissolve
Posted Dec 2, 2013
B 100% Fringe: Season 4 (TV, 2011-2012) " I'm taking my cues to Fringe's future from Lincoln Lee's blood type: B-positive. " — AV Club
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3.5/5 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " Mark Mori's feature-length Page homage Bettie Page Reveals All has the goods when it comes to its subject." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 26, 2013
3/5 75% The End Of Time (2013) " Mettler is fascinated by the slow process of natural decay, and how much of it is caused by human neglect or interference." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4.5/5 82% Knightriders (1981) " Knightriders is about 50 percent scenes of kick-ass moto-jousting, 40 percent philosophizing around the campfire, and 10 percent lyrical shots of King William " — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/5 90% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " Even though Gondry and Chomsky's very different sensibilities don't mesh in such a way that either man's work gains substantially from the alliance, they're each such good company individually that Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? is still entertaining." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 20, 2013
2.5/5 63% Anton Corbijn Inside Out " Anton Corbijn Inside Out is damnably stingy with expert analysis of Corbijn's art...There's no attempt to organize the events of Corbijn's life into a chronology, or to trace his evolution as an image-maker." — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 20, 2013
4/5 97% Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens) (Nosferatu the Vampire) (1922) " The movie's best effect is its star...He looks every bit like an actual demonic wild-thing, retrieved from deep within the German wilderness and trotted out to perform for Murnau's camera. " — The Dissolve
Posted Nov 19, 2013
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