Noel Murray

Noel Murray

Agrees with the Tomatometer 83% of the time.

Noel Murray's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C 22%

Ma ma (2016)

"Give credit to Medem for trying to make a routine weepie more memorable, but the level of originality and creativity he applied to how this movie looks would've been better spent on his script." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 18, 2016

The Darkness (2016)

"From the troubled child who communes with the beyond to the featureless suburban home that hosts malicious spirits, this movie ticks all the boxes for modern mainstream shockers." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 13, 2016
No Score Yet

Most Likely to Die (2016)

"A feather-light thriller that adds nothing new to the "gather a group of friends and kill them off one by one" genre. Though slickly produced and competently acted, the movie mostly just follows a formula." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016

Kill Zone 2 (Saat po long 2) (2016)

"Mostly, just as "SPL" did with Yen, this sequel serves as an ideal showcase for talented martial artists." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016

What We Become (Sorgenfri) (2016)

"A savvy, sensitive study of suburbanites coping with an encroaching apocalypse." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
No Score Yet

L'affaire SK1 (2015)

"While a film like "Serial Killer 1" may disappoint anyone expecting "Bullitt" or "Lethal Weapon," its focus on legwork and motivation could well appeal to fans of "Law & Order" - the TV show and the social construct." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016

The Offering (2016)

"[An] uninspired, nonsensical mishmash, which crudely cobbles together second-hand religious imagery, abrasively noisy jump-scares, and - for some reason - techno-phobia." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016

Bite (2016)

"After an opening 10 minutes that promises something depressingly mediocre, the film takes a turn to the atmospheric and gruesome, and winds up being one of the year's more provocative shockers." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 5, 2016
B 77%

Elstree 1976 (2016)

"It all adds to the idea that Star Wars was both the best and the worst thing to happen to its low-level supporting cast." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 5, 2016
B+ 97%

Dark Horse (2016)

"For the many, many viewers who've never heard of Dream Alliance, Osmond's documentary is edge-of-the-seat stuff." ‐ AV Club
Posted May 4, 2016

Term Life (2016)

""Term Life" is cleanly plotted and tautly paced, but it's never as fun as it should be." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2016

We The People: The Market Basket Effect (2016)

"There are good lessons to be learned from the Market Basket saga. "We the People" doesn't trust the audience to figure them out for themselves." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Holidays (2016)

"The film mostly feels perfunctory and awkward - like calling home at Christmas." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (2016)

"There's something achingly poignant about watching the octogenarian Nieves and Copes direct "themselves" - while addressing what might have been." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 21, 2016
C+ 73%

How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (2016)

"What is How To Let Go? A dire prophecy? A call to arms? A personal travelogue? It appears to be a combination of all three -- and frequently a disjointed one." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 19, 2016

Neon Bull (Boi Neon) (2016)

"The languid pace and barnyard earthiness won't be to everybody's taste, but it's hard to deny Mascaro's vision." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016

The First Monday in May (2016)

"Debates about how best to represent both fashion and China - with the likes of Baz Luhrmann and Wong Kar-wai weighing in - are provocative and useful. But Rihanna walking the red carpet in an Asian-inspired ensemble is fine art in motion." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Sunday Ball (2015)

"Though almost entirely devoid of facts and figures, the film represents the best kind of cinematic journalism - more like a live-action painting than an ESPN special." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Casa Grande (2015)

"Barbosa skillfully skewers the presumptions of rich folks who presume they deserve all that they've gotten, even as they're squandering it." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016

Hard Labor (2015)

"At its best, the film has the quality of a nightmare, one that keeps happening whether the characters are asleep or awake." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 7, 2016
C 40%

Mr. Right (2016)

"Landis and Cabezas never figure out how to pitch the ironic pulpiness of Mr. Right as anything other than a glib, pointless joke." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 6, 2016
C+ 48%

One More Time (When I Live My Life Over Again) (2016)

"Frankly, Jude's not that much fun to spend an hour and a half with. The problem's not that she's a handful, but that she's a clichéd handful." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 6, 2016
B 80%

Staub (Dust) (2007)

"Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust makes a pensive study of the title particulate, considering the way we wage a never-ending battle with the tiny specks that gather around us." ‐ AV Club
Posted Apr 6, 2016

They Will Have to Kill Us First (2016)

"Mostly, the film documents how a rich musical tradition continues to captivate listeners around the world even as its practitioners are struggling at home." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Chongqing Hot Pot (2016)

""Chongqing Hot Pot" effectively stokes the fantasy that with the right breaks, a group of struggling, hard-working folks can get their just reward. It's a tasty notion, if not enough to nourish an entire movie." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Baskin (2016)

"The pacing is slack and the splatter excessive, but this twisted cross-genre exercise should be red meat to gore-hounds." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 31, 2016

Born To Be Blue (2016)

"By keeping the movie's goals and scale modest, Budreau makes something that should resonate with Baker fans and newcomers alike." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016

They're Watching (2016)

"The movie doesn't do justice to a promising premise." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 24, 2016
A- 98%

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016)

"The movie's Jules Verne-esque contraptions are fun to look at -- and will make steampunk fans drool with delight -- but by no means do Tardi and company want viewers to feel nostalgic for this alternate past." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Thank You For Playing (2016)

"Make no mistake: This film is a tear-jerker, taking an intimate look at one family's heartbreak and how their art moves people." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2016

The Preppie Connection (2016)

"Nearly everything about "The Preppie Connection" - from the high-school class war to the flat, explanatory narration - has been cribbed from other, better films." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B 70%

Take Me To The River (2016)

"Take Me To The River is vague to a fault, suggesting just enough to get across what may be going on, while remaining open to interpretation." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B+ 91%

City Of Gold (2016)

"City Of Gold takes something of a once-over-lightly approach to Gold's life, sprinkling little bits of his biography throughout ..." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 17, 2016
B- 83%

Chevalier (2016)

"The idea of Chevalier is so compelling that the movie earns a lot of goodwill that it never completely squanders." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Mar 15, 2016

The Young Messiah (2016)

"At times, this movie feels too much like the Christian version of "The Phantom Menace," offering unnecessary explanations for well-known stories." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016

Rise of the Legend (Huang feihong zhi yingxiong you meng ) (2016)

"A stylish, rousing throwback epic, telling the fictionalized story of Wong as a young man, circa 1868." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 10, 2016
B 85%

Boom Bust Boom (2016)

"For those who aren't automatically turned off by the idea of an issue-doc that Schoolhouse Rock-ifies a serious, grown-up subject, Boom Bust Boom is a worthwhile way to spend an hour." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 10, 2016

The Final Project (2016)

"Even by the shaggy standards of found footage, "The Final Project" is amateurish." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B- 93%

Emelie (2016)

"Herbeck's script pokes at the anxieties of parents who leave their kids alone with virtual strangers, while Bolger excels at playing the nightmare version of a babysitter: seemingly sweet, cool, and capable, but secretly evil." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016
B- 100%

Trapped (2016)

"There's real power in the more unobtrusive scenes of Parker, Sadler, and the rest going about their ordinary business, ignoring protestors and treating patients." ‐ AV Club
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Backtrack (2016)

"Fright fans more interested in thematic depth than visceral thrills may appreciate what writer-director Michael Petroni attempts, but even they'd likely admit there's not much to savor." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016

A Country Called Home (2016)

"There's exactly one fascinating, original character in Anna Axster's well-meaning but bland debut feature, "A Country Called Home." Unfortunately, the movie's not about him." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 25, 2016
A- 100%

Only Yesterday (2016)

"Only Yesterday can sometimes seem a little too random in what it chooses to show, but it has a cumulative power as Taeko comes to understand that the past that shaped her needn't define her." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 24, 2016

Forsaken (2016)

"Fans of the genre - and the cast - may find it a pleasant enough diversion, but given the recent wave of strong frontier dramas, this film feels especially minor." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 18, 2016
B 64%

Rolling Papers (2016)

"In just under 80 minutes, Rolling Papers introduces enough ideas to fuel six documentaries-and with multiple layers to each." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 17, 2016

Mavis! (2016)

""Mavis!" is maybe too short and too plain, but it covers a lot of ground and contains a lot of great music. It's a fitting tribute to a true American original, belatedly getting her due." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016

Glassland (2016)

"In the movie's best scene, as mother and son dance to an old pop song, the look on Reynor's face speaks volumes about loss and hope. It's a look that's going to be breaking hearts on screen for decades to come." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 11, 2016

The Pack (2016)

""The Pack" won't make anyone forget "Jaws" - or even "Cujo."" ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 4, 2016
D+ 8%

Misconduct (2016)

"Only Pacino and Hopkins show any sense of how far beneath them this movie is, and they perform accordingly, with scenery-chewing flair." ‐ AV Club
Posted Feb 4, 2016
B 92%

Southside With You (2016)

"There'd be no movie here if not for who the characters are; but even if Tanne had changed their names, "Southside With You" will still be a charmer." ‐ The Playlist
Posted Jan 29, 2016