Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

Noel Murray's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C+ 76% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015) "There's absolutely nothing novel about a "loser gets it together" arc ... But for those who just want to see Schwartzman be Schwartzman for an hour or so, 7 Chinese Brothers delivers the goods. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 27, 2015
79% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The episode rights itself down the stretch. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 24, 2015
100% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 Episode 1 ""Pilot" is nowhere near that good [as the original's pilot]. But it is strong enough to suggest a bright future for this spin-off. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 24, 2015
B 79% Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "What makes Fear The Walking Dead so promising is that it doesn't require any knowledge of The Walking Dead to jump in and watch. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 21, 2015
D 0% Some Kind of Beautiful (2015) "Some Kind Of Beautiful has a fine cast, but they're stuck doing shtick. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 20, 2015
B 97% Being Evel (2015) "Being Evel's story is too plain in the telling, but it's still incredible, and relevant in the way it shows how a person can achieve wealth and fame if he's willing to leap way high-and to endure the inevitable wipeout. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 20, 2015
96% Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac makes the perfect neophyte politician: optimistic, ambitious, good-humored, and occasionally a little sleazy. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 17, 2015
B 100% How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at his Farm in Normandy (2015) "The ordinariness of this film-and the flatness of its video-shot images, relative to Blank's beautiful-looking '70s films-isn't a significant drawback, given how eloquent Leacock can be. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 13, 2015
B+ 96% We Come as Friends (2015) "Sauper ignored political and military boundaries as best as possible, so that he could catch the occupiers and the occupied where they really live. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Aug 13, 2015
100% Review: Season 2 (TV, 2015) "The beauty of Review is in how it takes small, strange ideas (like Forrest investigating public restroom "glory holes") and strings them together into a larger story about how the pundit suffers for his art. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 3, 2015
92% Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The real highlights of First Day of Camp have been the new additions and WTF twists. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Aug 3, 2015
C- 15% Jenny's Wedding (2015) "This is a movie displaced in time. And it's barely a movie. It's more like a dusty, faded old pamphlet: "So your daughter's decided to get gay-married..." " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B+ 94% Best Of Enemies (2015) "The fascination and tragedy of Best Of Enemies is that these two great minds squandered what might've been their best chance to show the broadcast media how to have a vigorous, entertaining, useful argument about where the country was headed. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 30, 2015
B- 86% A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile (2015) "A Gay Girl In Damascus raises a number of important questions about the unexpected, sometimes-troubling byproducts of lives increasingly spent in the virtual world. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 23, 2015
D+ 14% The Vatican Tapes (2015) "It's the rote B-movie that Neveldine up to now has tried so hard not to make. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 23, 2015
B- 59% Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The series is reminiscent of a lot of things -- in particular the movies Hard Core Logo and Danny Collins -- but it mostly reflects the passions of its maker. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3.5/5 82% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "There's also an understated, unexpectedly moving arc to this film, which considers how exaggerated "gayness" has been an important part of one subculture separating and defending itself from hostile environments. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/5 No Score Yet Thrashin (1986) "A lot of what's entertaining today about Thrashin' is inadvertent. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 6, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet Robot Jox (1989) "Gordon's saving grace is that the stop-motion animation and model work on Robot Jox looks really cool, even now. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 6, 2015
4/5 83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "A Poem Is A Naked Person is littered with striking moments that fit casually into Blank's study of fame and aspiration. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 2, 2015
5/5 86% Five Easy Pieces (1970) "Director Bob Rafelson attempts something unusual here, making a film that's subtle about its meaning without ever ranging into the pretentiously oblique or merely ambiguous. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jul 1, 2015
3/5 75% Big Game (2015) "If nothing else, Helander has properly schooled his actors on just what this film is, and they respond by playing their parts with infectious gusto. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 24, 2015
4/5 83% The Fisher King (1991) "Gilliam exaggerates the romanticism, the grotesquerie, and the personal pain that runs through LaGravenese's story, creating a reality where the more preposterous turns make sense. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 22, 2015
C 59% Complications: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The neither-here-nor-there quality of the series only makes it harder to figure out how Nix is going to turn all these seemingly commercial elements into something long-running. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Enthusiasm (Entuziazm: Simfoniya Donbassa) (1931) "It's valuable for its attempts to cut together ambient sound and snippets of narration into something halfway between avant-garde music and soothing white noise. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
5/5 97% Chelovek s kino-apparatom (Man with a Movie Camera) (1929) "It's a valuable record of Soviet city life at the end of the 1920s, and it explodes with visual ideas. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 17, 2015
2/5 30% Soaked In Bleach (2015) " After a while, Statler's hodgepodge approach loses its novelty, and the documentary starts to seem like an overlong, overly strident segment of a true-crime cable TV infotainment series. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3.5/5 86% Doomsdays (2015) "For a film so slight, it makes a strong impression. The nicely composed, beautiful-looking country houses make a fine backdrop for the fantasy of idleness and consequence-free destruction. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 10, 2015
3/5 60% Foxy Brown (1974) "As handled by Hill, the sensationalistic elements seem both natural and marginal. Grier as Foxy would be fun to watch even if she kept her clothes on and her claws in. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet Friday Foster (1975) "The character's not as iconic as Foxy Brown, and yet Friday is Grier's best role from this era, because it gives her the most notes to play. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3.5/5 78% Coffy (1973) "Peak Grier, Coffy is a sobering story kept at street level, and while Hill keeps the film in the realm of pulp fantasy, the stakes are high. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 8, 2015
3/5 64% The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015) "Tsui fulfills his primary goal here of making a classic newly relevant-not just to younger Chinese viewers, but to anyone who likes action. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet État de Siège (State of Siege) (1972) "Costa-Gavras captures how it feels to live under martial law, and how even some committed populists will scrap their ideals to protect their comfort and privilege. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Confession (1970) "The Confession exhibits signs of post-masterpiece fatigue, though it makes up for some of it with sheer gutsiness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jun 2, 2015
70% Sense8: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The Wachowskis are attempting something bold here, slipping easily between different countries and different characters - and sometimes even between the past and the present-in ways that are unlike any other contemporary television series. " ‐ Rolling Stone
Posted Jun 1, 2015
C+ 56% Aquarius: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "In terms of the narrative approach, there's not a huge amount of difference between this and any other "ripped from the headlines" procedural with serialized elements, except that the headlines here are more than 40 years old. " ‐ AV Club
Posted May 28, 2015
3.5/5 94% I Believe in Unicorns (2015) "It's unusually attuned to how it feels for a teenager to have her first intense, quasi-mature relationship, and how it feels for her to use that love affair as an escape. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 26, 2015
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives: Season 7 (TV, 2010-2011) "Am I tempted to start watching again? No, not really. " ‐ AV Club
Posted May 22, 2015
3.5/5 93% Güeros (2015) " Every five minutes or so, Ruizpalacios comes up with something strikingly expressionistic. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 20, 2015
B+ 96% The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The Flash's success has been reassuring to the contingent of comic book fans who wish live-action superheroes were more... okay, let's just say it: fun. " ‐ AV Club
Posted May 19, 2015
4/5 86% The Rose (1979) " The Rose wouldn't work without the full commitment of Midler, who always seems poised between a bawdy guffaw and thick mascara tears. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 18, 2015
2.5/5 75% Good Kill (2015) "It's a movie as wonky as the issue-doc he chose not to make. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 13, 2015
100% Jane the Virgin: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) "The ability to thread the needle between goofy and sincere is due in large part to the actors, and how fully they're invested in fleshing out characters that could've been mere cartoons. " ‐ AV Club
Posted May 11, 2015
5/5 96% GoodFellas (1990) " It's visually exciting, off-handedly funny, and genuinely informative. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 11, 2015
3/5 82% 1001 Grams (2015) "What saves 1001 Grams from being excruciatingly cute is that it does have a clean look and a pleasant tone, and it's about a subject that's both unusual and entertaining. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 7, 2015
3.5/5 80% Long Weekend (1979) "There's a boldness in Eggleston's choice to let almost the entire last half-hour play out without dialogue, and in the clever ways they illustrate the couple's dangerous callousness. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted May 4, 2015
A- 100% Mom: Season 2 (TV, 2014-2015) "In its second season, Mom has kicked the crap out of its main characters week after week, and they've come out of it with their wits sharpened. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 30, 2015
3.5/5 72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) "The advantage to Hencken's approach is that it makes Soul Boys Of The Western World play like a movie version of a printed oral history. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 28, 2015
A- 100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) "Tales Of The Grim Sleeper subtly, persistently makes the case that to write anybody off because of where they're from isn't just an outrage, it's damned inhumane. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 27, 2015
4.5/5 80% Miami Blues (1990) " What makes Miami Blues so true to its source material is that its "fun," fizzy elements don't completely dispel the roiling bile in its belly. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 27, 2015
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