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.

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The Walking Dead: Season 7 - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be (TV Episode)

"As with last spring's finale, this premiere works well as a nail-biting piece of action-horror, with several masterfully staged sequences."
Posted Oct 23, 2016
A- 100%

Transparent: Season 3 (TV, 2016)

"The season three premiere is like the whole show in miniature, and sets the tone for what should be another absorbing, painfully honest year."
Posted Sep 22, 2016

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"One of premium cable's most gory, gloriously disreputable shows should be just as much trashy fun in its second go-round. Groovy."
Posted Sep 21, 2016

The Good Place: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"There's a tasty mix of sweet and sour here, in this comedy about what it really means to be "good.""
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Queen Sugar: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"From its gorgeous bayou imagery to its rich depiction of black life, this is the very definition of prestige TV."
Posted Sep 21, 2016
B- 62%

Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Lethal Weapon doesn't feel like a cash-in. It has a vibe that effectively recalls the movies, with characters that are almost as enjoyable to spend time with as the originals."
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Sicut Cervus (TV Episode)

""Sicut Cervus" is a reasonably diverting hour of television, with enough action, drama, and mystery that even newcomers could enjoy it."
Posted May 15, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Captive (TV Episode)

"After spending most of the hour on idle chit-chat and careful planning, the one sequence of actual action ends up closing the book on a potentially fruitful storyline, which never really got a chance to ripen."
Posted May 8, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Blood in the Streets (TV Episode)

"For the moment anyway, this show is actually exciting. And if there's one thing we should learned from the Deads, it's to savor the good. It'll all be gone before we know it."
Posted May 1, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Ouroboros (TV Episode)

"Yes, the constantly changing locations are nice. But it's even better that the people passing through them have begun to get their hands bloody."
Posted Apr 25, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - We All Fall Down (TV Episode)

"Frustratingly plotless and overstuffed with dull, dimwitted characters."
Posted Apr 18, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 (TV, 2016)

"It would've been great if the franchise could've come back with a spark of confidence. Instead, we get something needlessly slow-paced, underwritten ... and all wet."
Posted Apr 11, 2016

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2 - Monster (TV Episode)

"It would've been great if the franchise could've come back with a spark of confidence. Instead, we get something needlessly slow-paced, underwritten ... and all wet."
Posted Apr 11, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Last Day on Earth (TV Episode)

"A pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, queasy-making hour and a half of television. The simple story-structure, following Rick and company... brilliantly illustrated what his arrogance and slipshod schemes have led to."
Posted Apr 4, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - East (TV Episode)

"Nothing happens in "East" that won't be rehashed at the start of next week's 90-minute finale (with that extra length presumably meant to make room for all the plot left out of this one)."
Posted Mar 28, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Twice as Far (TV Episode)

"It has a satisfyingly full arc, starting with the lulling normalcy of the daily routine in a newly fortified Alexandria, getting tenser during the dual expeditions outside the walls, then turning cruelly momentous in its final third."
Posted Mar 21, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - The Same Boat (TV Episode)

"It's hard to imagine that TWD's toughest character is about to become a Morgan-like pacifist. But maybe she's about to realize that if she keeps killing everyone she thinks of as an "other," soon she'll be the last person on Earth."
Posted Mar 14, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Not Tomorrow Yet (TV Episode)

"Rick repeatedly punches a disembodied head, and suddenly everything's all right again."
Posted Mar 7, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Knots Untie (TV Episode)

"After the relatively relaxing downshift and reset of last week's episode, this latest installment picks up the pace, building smartly on what came before. "
Posted Feb 29, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - The Next World (TV Episode)

"The Walking Dead is too good to dwell in the doldrums forever. That's just math. "
Posted Feb 22, 2016

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - No Way Out (TV Episode)

"It's a skimpy kind of saga, opening with great promise and closing in a muddle."
Posted Feb 15, 2016

DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Legends of Tomorrow's action sequences are eye-popping, taking all that the Arrow and Flash creators have learned about stunts and special effects and fitting them into complexly choreographed fights, resembling the splash pages of comics fans' dreams."
Posted Jan 21, 2016
C 75%

Mercy Street: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"Mercy Street offers a mishmash of standard-issue medical drama storylines and self-conscious attempts to tackle the social issues of the 1860s."
Posted Jan 14, 2016
C- 50%

Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 (TV, 2016)

"For all the craziness stuffed into each episode, there's not really much to Cooper Barrett's Guide To Surviving Life."
Posted Dec 30, 2015

The Leftovers: Season 2 - I Live Here Now (TV Episode)

"If "I Live Here Now" is in fact the last of The Leftovers - should the network choose not to renew an expensive, sparsely viewed series for a third go-round - then it went out literally blazing."
Posted Dec 9, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Always Accountable (TV Episode)

"As it turns out, this episode's cold open is its high-point - although overall this was still a significant improvement over last week, if only because we spent time with folks we already know and like."
Posted Nov 16, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Now (TV Episode)

"It's called "Now" - but has another Walking Dead episode ever felt less urgent?"
Posted Nov 9, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Here's Not Here (TV Episode)

""Here's Not Here" - works magnificently as a piece of television drama, it's also painful and heartbreaking in ways that quite frankly feel like overkill after last week's pile-up of tragedies."
Posted Nov 2, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Thank You (TV Episode)

"Damn it, this one hurts."
Posted Oct 26, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 6 - JSS (TV Episode)

"For all of you who've been wondering when Carol Peletier would finally drop her happy homemaker act and get back to being the woman we know and love - the one that's as cold and lethal as a butcher's knife - your wait is over."
Posted Oct 19, 2015

The Walking Dead: Season 2 - What Lies Ahead (TV Episode)

"To say that this show is coming back strong would be an understatement. "First Time Again" is not just an incredible season premiere but is arguably one of the series' best installments to date."
Posted Oct 12, 2015

The Leftovers: Season 2 - Axis Mundi (TV Episode)

"It's spooky, it's dramatic, and it's own quiet way it asks important questions about what we believe in - and why."
Posted Oct 5, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - The Good Man (TV Episode)

"None of this resonates, nor does it necessarily point the way to where the next season might go. It's all sort of... tacked on."
Posted Oct 5, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Cobalt (TV Episode)

"So long as the writing and the characters can stay as strong as they are here... then Fear's future looks bright. Or at least as bright as a zombie apocalypse can ever be."
Posted Sep 28, 2015

The Mindy Project: Season 4 (TV, 2015)

"That over-the-top, me-first griping would be insufferable in real life. Here, it's what makes the fictional Mindy as endearing as her creator."
Posted Sep 22, 2015

South Park: Season 19 (TV, 2015)

"The best argument for the continuing existence of Comedy Central's legacy show is that even now, almost two decades after the show became a left-field hit, co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone keep finding new ways to air old grievances. "
Posted Sep 22, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Not Fade Away (TV Episode)

"For those who tune into the Dead franchise for provocative post-apocalyptic what-ifs... tonight's episode has a lot to offer."
Posted Sep 21, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - The Dog (TV Episode)

"While FTWD seems to have an interesting plot-thread planned involving the LAPD.., setting so much of this week's chapter at a "Black Lives Matter"-style street-rally is a ham-fisted way to add contemporary resonance to the show."
Posted Sep 14, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - So Close, Yet So Far (TV Episode)

"It seems our heroine has learned something from Tobias...and that the newly undead aren't the only ones who are changing."
Posted Aug 31, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 - Pilot (TV Episode)

""Pilot" is nowhere near that good [as the original's pilot]. But it is strong enough to suggest a bright future for this spin-off."
Posted Aug 24, 2015
B 78%

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"What makes Fear The Walking Dead so promising is that it doesn't require any knowledge of The Walking Dead to jump in and watch."
Posted Aug 21, 2015

Show Me a Hero: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"Inside Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac makes the perfect neophyte politician: optimistic, ambitious, good-humored, and occasionally a little sleazy. "
Posted Aug 17, 2015

Review: Season 2 (TV, 2015)

"The beauty of Review is in how it takes small, strange ideas (like Forrest investigating public restroom "glory holes") and strings them together into a larger story about how the pundit suffers for his art."
Posted Aug 3, 2015

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"The real highlights of First Day of Camp have been the new additions and WTF twists."
Posted Aug 3, 2015
B- 59%

Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Season 1 (TV, 2015)

"The series is reminiscent of a lot of things -- in particular the movies Hard Core Logo and Danny Collins -- but it mostly reflects the passions of its maker."
Posted Jul 16, 2015
C 59%

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."
Posted Jun 17, 2015

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. "
Posted Jun 1, 2015
C+ 56%

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."
Posted May 28, 2015
No Score Yet

Desperate Housewives: Season 7 (TV, 2010)

"Am I tempted to start watching again? No, not really."
Posted May 22, 2015
B+ 97%

The Flash: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

"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."
Posted May 19, 2015
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