Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
A- 97% 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
2.5/5 No Score Yet Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! (1989) " The belated 1989 sequel Eddie And The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! is clunkier than the original, and still more fun than it has a right to be. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 36% Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) " Aside from Eddie And The Cruisers' funky structure, the music remains its chief selling point-though Cafferty's songs don't plausibly pass for early 1960s tunes. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 23, 2015
3/5 69% The Dead Lands (2015) " It's a mash-up of familiar genre elements-too familiar, frankly-given a welcome sense of scope and shading by the location. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 15, 2015
3.5/5 36% Invaders from Mars (1986) " But while it's first and foremost a terrific showcase for some imaginative designers, Invaders From Mars also holds together fairly well as a movie. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 13, 2015
B- 98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Fans of the comics should appreciate the clear intent here to make a superhero series that doesn't deviate too much from the source, or pull too many punches. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 9, 2015
2.5/5 20% The Reconstruction Of William Zero (2015) " The best scenes come early, well before the explanatory extravaganza that the movie turns into down the stretch. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 8, 2015
C+ 40% The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " As accomplished as much of the cast is, they have trouble consistently finding the difference between intentionally stilted and just flat. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 6, 2015
3.5/5 80% Singles (1992) " It's like a catalog of everything Crowe had to offer back in the early 1990s, from detailed evocations of place and time to the characters' pronouncements about popular culture. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 6, 2015
2.5/5 75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) " While That Guy Dick Miller plays a lot like an extended (and overlong) DVD extra, the subject is so likable that the movie as a whole is fairly pleasant. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Apr 1, 2015
3.5/5 88% Vincent & Theo (1990) " The Altmans bring Van Gogh's subjects back to life. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 30, 2015
2.5/5 89% The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (2015) " At first, the movie is offbeat enough to be entertaining anyway; but like the title character, it quickly outstays its welcome. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 25, 2015
5/5 100% The Thin Blue Line (1988) " The Thin Blue Line is one of the films that helped make documentaries a viable entertainment option for arthouse moviegoers during the indie-film boom of the 1980s and '90s. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3.5/5 100% Vernon, Florida (1981) " Morris' first two films are as carefully composed and thematically complex as any scripted drama. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 23, 2015
5/5 94% Gates of Heaven (1980) " It's a movie so suffused with meaning that every line and every image feels purposeful. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 23, 2015
3/5 86% La Sapienza (2015) " While La Sapienza is unsatisfying as drama, it's frequently beautiful just as a tour through architecturally significant Italian buildings. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 18, 2015
3.5/5 100% Ride the Pink Horse (1947) " If a director's job is to come up with creative ways to convey who characters are and the deeper meaning of their circumstances, Montgomery earns a gold star. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 16, 2015
3.5/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) " The Wrecking Crew is a provocative look back at an art form in transition. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 12, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Exterminators of the Year 3000 " Exterminators is mostly a mediocre Road Warrior copy, with a few genuinely exciting chases punctuating long stretches that range from tedious to terrible. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 10, 2015
3/5 73% The Lesson (2015) " The Lesson works best as a depiction of one woman's mounting outrage. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 4, 2015
2.5/5 20% Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) " The comedy is never all that funny, and some scenes fall noticeably flat, either because the cast isn't strong enough, or because the production as a whole lacks polish. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
4/5 93% Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994) " What makes this a Lee film-and one of his best-is how well he and his co-writers understand all the relationships, and what's going unspoken. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Mar 2, 2015
3.5/5 84% Wild Canaries (2015) " It's rare for a film that feels this loose to be populated by men and women so precisely constructed that they could've been pulled right out of a novel. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 24, 2015
4/5 78% Munich (2005) " Munich is more measured and classy than Spielberg's action-adventures. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 23, 2015
3.5/5 82% Queen and Country (2015) " Boorman skillfully takes major historical events and filters them through small, personal moments. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
4.5/5 100% Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936) " The brazen carnality of A Day In The Country is refreshing even now. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 18, 2015
C+ 72% Bosch: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015) " In theory, the slow-drip approach makes sense. In practice, the pacing keeps Bosch from being as grabby as it should be. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 17, 2015
4/5 100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2015) " Ronit Elkabetz gives a lively and at times moving performance as Viviane. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 11, 2015
3/5 80% F.I.S.T. (1978) " F.I.S.T. is another in a long line of well-made films that excel in their particulars, even if they fall a little short as complete, complex pieces of cinema. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 9, 2015
4/5 86% Ballet 422 (2015) " Peck doesn't come across as confident in what he's trying to do; if anything, it's his tentativeness that makes Ballet 422 so subtly dramatic. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
4/5 100% Henry V (1989) " There's a boldness to Branagh's Henry V, which shows off the cinematic possibilities of Shakespeare without a lot of distracting razzle-dazzle. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Feb 4, 2015
4/5 94% My Winnipeg (2007) " Maddin mixes personal reminiscences with elaborate fantasies of Masonic rituals and collectivist brothels, to construct a vision of Winnipeg as a city of sleepwalkers. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 26, 2015
3.5/5 96% Red Army (2015) " If nothing else, this film makes the case that the Cold War robbed sports fans of the chance to watch and appreciate one of the greatest collections of athletes ever assembled. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 22, 2015
3.5/5 82% R100 (2015) " When the film works, it isn't because Matsumoto is playing to the cult-movie crowd, but because he's sympathetic to all the Takafumis out there who fade into the background. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 21, 2015
C 61% 12 Monkeys: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " There are only so many times a source can be duped before the quality starts to degrade. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 20, 2015
100% Cheers: Season 1 (TV, 1982-1983) " I actually watched this episode when it originally aired-I even remember NBC's evocative little teaser ads, with two beer glasses smashing together-and I do remember finding it immediately inviting, even for a 12-year-old. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 19, 2015
100% Cheers: Season 2 (TV, 1983-1984) " I've always appreciated the way the course of the Sam/Diane romance feels so unforced, as though the writers genuinely had no idea where this storyline was going to wind up. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 19, 2015
C+ 45% Mad Dogs: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Amazon's Mad Dogs pilot has a slow-boil quality that's ill suited to a "vote to see more episodes" competition. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 15, 2015
B 81% Man Seeking Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " What makes Man Seeking Woman so promising is that it's such a strong showcase for Baruchel. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 15, 2015
3.5/5 89% Middle of Nowhere (2012) " DuVernay uses this situation as a light but poignant metaphor for Ruby's personal growth, as she finds a way to escape her own kind of prison. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 12, 2015
3/5 75% La última película (2015) " Taken less as a statement (or prank), though, and more as a series of purely cinematic moments, La Última Película is frequently funny and beautiful. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Jan 9, 2015
A- 97% Marvel's Agent Carter: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " This is a classic Marvel comics premise: the hassled hero, who has to hide her derring-do. More importantly, it's a great television premise. " ‐ AV Club
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4/5 98% Song Of The Sea (2014) " Song Of The Sea is a triumph of design and animation. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 19, 2014
2.5/5 60% Goodbye to All That (2014) " Goodbye To All That is mostly just a series of vignettes, detailing Otto's sexual misadventures. And even those don't amount to much. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 17, 2014
4/5 96% The Long Goodbye (1973) " The Long Goodbye as a whole peels back the surfaces of private-eye stories, paying special attention to their macho bluster and abused women. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3/5 68% Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) (1974) " At its best, the film layers Lucia's and Maximilian's flashbacks in such a way that that the lines between memory, fantasy, and nightmare get blurred. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 10, 2014
3.5/5 88% Concerning Violence (2014) " Olsson's The Wretched Of The Earth excerpts are well-chosen, and several of the vintage interviews from Swedish TV are jaw-droppingly on-point. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
2.5/5 48% Miss Julie (2014) " The problem is that as played by Chastain and Farrell (or perhaps as directed by Ullmann), the sexual tension comes off as intellectualized, not actual. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Vault of Horror (Tales from the Crypt, Part II) (1973) " The misanthropy of the Tales From The Crypt and Vault Of Horror movies is strangely enjoyable, because it comes packaged within some gleefully perverse ideas. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Nov 24, 2014
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