Noel Murray Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Mom and Dad (2018) The ultimate point of "Mom and Dad" is that it doesn't take a rage virus to make a middle-aged man want to put on his old Misfits T-shirt and smash something.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet The Midnight Man (2018) Takes nearly half its running time to get to the scary stuff - and then keeps the lighting so dim that it's hard to make out which shadowy figure's the monster.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
No Score Yet Delirium (2018) The apparitions are cool. The schmoes they're haunting hardly seem worth the effort.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
25% Inside (2018) The original had some squirmy points to make about femininity and motherhood that this "Inside" lacks. But the movie works on a gut level ... as in, "Sharp blades are scary when they're pointed at a pregnant belly."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
0% Acts of Violence (2018) Any hard messages it means to deliver are hard to hear over the frequent sound of gunfire.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
No Score Yet Madtown (2018) A gifted cast and some finely shaded detail add dimension to the low-budget indie "Madtown," an overwrought melodrama that nevertheless remains engaging from start to finish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
36% Devil's Gate (2018) The dialogue in "Devil's Gate" is mostly expository, and while the cast does its best, the characters feel more like sketchy outlines than real people.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
88% The Post (2018) But while The Post celebrates the free flow of information, it's primarily about the businessmen who expected Kay Graham to follow their advice to kill the series, and how shocking and revolutionary it was when she ignored them.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
81% Molly's Game (2018) Whatever artificial limitations Sorkin puts on his female characters though, he's empathetic enough to understand that Molly Bloom's story is about a woman being controlled and underestimated by a succession of presumptuous jerks. ‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2017
27% Bright (2017) Ultimately, the biggest problem with Bright is that it squeezes nudity, profanity and blood into the kind of dopey adventure that should be aimed more at adolescents - right down to its simplistic lessons about tolerance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
46% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) "A Christmas Story Live!" lacked the feeling of a piece of theater unfolding in front of the audience's eyes in real time, like a slick magic trick.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
86% Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017) "A Portrait" may not make Frisell's biography fascinating, but it does give the proper due to a guitarist whose music flows like water into any handy vessel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
67% Desolation (2017) Honorable in intent, but dreary in execution.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
92% Walking Out (2017) The mountain backdrops are stunning, but the movie's real draw is its understanding of how children pick up more from their parents than their skeptical, self-pitying moms and dads ever imagine.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% Uncertain (2017) The movie's both haunting and honest, confronting what it's like to see the community that sustains you die right in front of your eyes.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) Georgian writer-director Nana Ekvtimishvili (In Bloom) brings a rare subtlety and sensitivity to this ironically titled domestic drama.‐ AV Club
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
78% Love and Saucers (2017) The results are both mesmerizing and provocative.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) I, Tonya aims for a different kind of retroactive justice. Gillespie and Rogers argue that Kerrigan actually had chances to shine on an international stage that Harding never got.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2017
No Score Yet The Doll (2017) There are limits to how much of an edge a movie gets from incompetence - as writer/director/producer Susannah O'Brien's "The Doll" proves definitively.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
75% Hollow in the Land (2017) A well-told story, with a strong sense of place.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
75% The Challenge (2017) The movie eschews narration and captions, and instead just strings together one stunning scene after another of inconceivably wealthy oil men indulging their passions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
40% Justice League (2017) All of Snyder's DC films - Justice League included - seem more concerned with the repercussions of actions than with the actions themselves.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
15% Psychopaths (2017) Well-intentioned but tedious.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
99% Lady Bird (2017) The key to Lady Bird is that Marion is never painted as an ogre. Her toughness is played for comic effect: as an understandable character flaw born of her genuinely meaning well.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
60% Another WolfCop (2017) Ask yourself: "Do I have any interest at all in a movie with 'WolfCop' in the title?" If the answer's yes, you probably won't be disappointed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
No Score Yet Slumber (2017) "Slumber" itself feels like it was loosely adapted from a few cursory Google searches.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
0% Gangster Land (In the Absence of Good Men) (2017) The ideal audience for "Gangster Land" would be someone who's never seen "The Untouchables" or "Boardwalk Empire" ... or, heck, even "Guys and Dolls" or "Bugsy Malone."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
78% Sweet Virginia (2017) The cast and creators of "Sweet Virginia" dig underneath flat pulp conventions and find the real pain and emotional instability at their roots.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
86% Darkest Hour (2017) Darkest Hour is more challenging and even more revelatory than run-of-the-mill awards-season releases. ‐ Uproxx
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
100% I Remember You (Eg Man Big) (2017) The genre's a little twisted, but the film should still appeal to fans of books about moody detectives, doggedly pursuing justice against a frosty backdrop.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
70% Angelica (2017) This is an alternately handsome and harrowing ghost story, about a civilized society haunted by its own unspeakable needs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
No Score Yet Attack of the Killer Donuts (2017) The lack of any real imagination makes "Attack of the Killer Donuts" a chore.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) With his rubbery frame, deep-set eyes, and sun-baked California drawl, the actor's wiry energy dominates any scene he's in. Wherever [Sam] Rockwell's placed, he's perfect.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
No Score Yet Heart Blackened (2017) Even at its most serious and sophisticated, it retains the pleasingly funky aroma of pulp.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
82% Mayhem (2017) While Lynch has experience delivering breezy action, "breezy" can shade into "frivolous" - or even "forgettable."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
100% Bad Match (2017) "Bad Match" effectively explores the everyday horror that comes from people treating their fellow human beings as interchangeable playthings.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) Miike retains his twisted sense of humor, with mangling and disemboweling deployed for comic effect. And after 99 movies, he certainly knows how to make action memorable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
34% Jigsaw (2017) It'll do the job for anyone who must see a "Saw" movie in theaters on Halloween weekend.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2017
63% Liberation Day (2017) There's a subtly meaningful power to what the film actually does: witnessing the awkwardness that ensues when the creatively free try to communicate with people who lack the context to understand unfettered expression.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
86% Flesh and Blood (2017) The movie bleeds honesty, though its individual components are more memorable than how they're assembled.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
No Score Yet Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! (2017) "Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!" is just dumb enough to be a potentially fun candidate for someone's "bad movie night."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
13% Geostorm (2017) "Geostorm" has a more clever premise than it needs to get to its ultimate goal of trashing some of our planet's nicest places. But the results are still mostly dull-witted.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
50% The Fortress (2017) So evocative that by the end viewers may be as cold and hungry as the movie's cast of courtiers.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
86% Deliver Us (2017) Di Giacomo listens patiently to people who earnestly believe that they're plagued by a supernatural evil. In a way, their calm certitude is as scary as any actual demon.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
No Score Yet Nightworld (2017) While subtle, moody horror films can be great, without something solid to coalesce around, eventually the atmosphere dissipates.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
81% Tragedy Girls (2017) The movie's central idea and bright young cast are so good that some of its shallowness is forgivable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
32% Leatherface (2017) "Leatherface" is the best "Chainsaw" movie that doesn't have "Directed by Tobe Hooper" in the credits.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) This movie puts the wild, comic tales of resourceful poor kids into a frame, pulling back just enough to make it clear that the situation Moonee's in - while exciting - is untenable.‐ The Week
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
No Score Yet Bad Blood: The Movie (2017) There's barely enough plot here to fill a feature, but this energetic throwback's DIY effects and general looniness should appeal to horror mavens.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
86% Haze (2017) As a morality tale, "Haze" is old news. But as an in-the-moment explanation of how hazing happens, it's so fresh, it's raw.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017