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:
922

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 97% Dear White People (2014) " It's been a while since a movie comedy dealt as directly and smartly with questions of racial identity as Dear White People does. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/5 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) " The animation is so gorgeous that any given frame could pass for a masterwork. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/5 100% Roger & Me (1989) " The film itself remains a hard kick in the head-a funny, angry inquiry into what the hell happened to the American dream. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 13, 2014
3.5/5 63% The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2014) " Her is such a well-drawn character sketch-with such a fantastic Chastain performance-that it practically justifies the whole experiment. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 8, 2014
4/5 92% Sleeping Beauty (1959) " At once modernist and classical, Disney's Sleeping Beauty takes characters who look like paper cutouts from magazine cartoons and sets them against backdrops that look like expensive wallpaper patterns. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 6, 2014
2/5 39% Stephen King's A Good Marriage (2014) " A Good Marriage comes off as curiously flat for a movie about a woman who sleeps next to a murderer every night. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4/5 95% Ghost in the Shell (1996) " Ghost In The Shell is an ultra-violent, rocket-paced film-over and out in just over 80 minutes-but it's a poetic one, too. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 29, 2014
4/5 90% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) " As disgusting, harrowing, and ugly as the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is, the film has moments of eerie beauty. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 22, 2014
5/5 97% To Be and to Have (Etre et Avoir) (2003) " The beauty of To Be And To Have is that Lopez's loss isn't the audience's. This movie is a portal, leading to a living museum of childhood. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 22, 2014
2.5/5 39% Tusk (2014) " Ultimately, any point gets drowned out by all the self-satisfied laughter. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 17, 2014
3.5/5 100% A Life in Dirty Movies (2014) " A Life In Dirty Movies is also fascinating just as a document of changing cultural mores. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 16, 2014
4/5 58% Bird People (2014) " This is a wisp of a movie, and yet it deals with an experience so pervasive that it's usually barely acknowledged-this restlessness people feel to fly off to somewhere else. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 10, 2014
4.5/5 88% All That Jazz (1979) " All That Jazz is one of the most self-indulgent movies ever made-but blessedly so. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 8, 2014
3/5 69% God Help the Girl (2014) " God Help The Girl is ultimately an affirmation of life and music: a quirky little how-to manual on surviving the worst of youth by learning how to contain it within a frame. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
3/5 68% Memphis (2014) " Willis Earl Beal is a mysterious presence in his own movie: a man in a stylish hat and a dirty shirt, who can pass for a rock star in one moment and a homeless drifter the next. " ‐ The Dissolve
Posted Sep 3, 2014
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 93% 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 78% 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 82% 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 47% 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 59% 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 96% 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 83% 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 88% 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 85% 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
No Score Yet 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
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