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
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 94% G├╝eros (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 83% 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 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 67% 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 91% 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
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 83% 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
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