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
3/5 73% 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 85% 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 56% 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 96% 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 22% 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
69% 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+ 55% 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 96% 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 76% 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 87% 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
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 66% 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 77% 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 89% 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 75% 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 43% 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
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