Steve Murray

Steve Murray
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
60% Nocturne (2020) Nocturne echoes some of the performance extremism of Black Swan, but mostly recalls a better original Netflix film, 2018's The Perfection. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
50% Evil Eye (2020) Elan Dassani makes the ride enjoyable, letting Choudhury unleash some powerful maternal instincts in a satisfying, last-act showdown. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
74% Black Box (2020) Black Box keeps the puzzle intact for as long as it probably can, and caps it with a satisfying end. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
43% The Lie (2020) A wintry...nasty, O'Henry-type twist. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
41% Rebecca (2020) The actors are nice to look at, but the only person that makes an impression is Kristin Scott Thomas as Rebecca's devoted, vengeful lady's maid Mrs. Danvers. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) ...if the gags are not quite as sharp, the movie's COVID-19 narrative delivers a sneaky, cumulative punchline. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
90% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Hoffman may be a surprise standout, a snarky class clown who becomes a voice for his fellow defendants and the war-weary nation during his closing courtroom remarks. But it's a fantastic cast in general... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
99% Under The Shadow (2016) Under the Shadow is a skillful slow burn of a movie, intermixing quiet, suggestively stacked details with an increasing number of unsettling shocks. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
87% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) Cuties is serious and raises useful questions. If it makes you uncomfortable, it's supposed to. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Brown narrates Enola's adventure with delightful asides to the camera and carries the film beautifully. Spryly made by Harry Bradbeer... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
85% American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) It's a heartbreaking tale, particularly since it's told in an unusual form: All the content comes from home movies, social media posts, phone calls and interrogation room videos. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) ...the film is earnest, disturbing and occasionally a little too much like a healthy, boring helping of vegetables. Still, it couldn't be timelier. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
82% The Boys in the Band (2020) Boys is sometimes expertly structured and at other times a wobbly mess. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
100% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2019) Bigfoot wins you over by the end with its sheer good, goofy nature. It's absurd in ways that are all too plausible these days... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
No Score Yet Curtis (2020) Without convincing character development or depth, and with a central character who's as frustrating as he is pathetic, Curtis is too often a well-meaning chore. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
79% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Killing can surprise you in quiet ways you don't expect. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
No Score Yet Malpaso (2020) Too bad the script feels like an afterthought. The movie means to be timeless, but instead feels thin with characters who remain symbolic ciphers, not believable people with depth, agency or idiosyncrasies. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
No Score Yet Milkwater (2020) ...the movie corrects itself and slides into a wise, balanced ending... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
92% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) The documentary is rewarding in ways that only come with this sort of time-intensive commitment from a filmmaker. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
No Score Yet The Outside Story (2020) Being reminiscent of a film from the heyday of indie cinema isn't such a bad thing. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
93% Howard (2020) Anyone with a love of movie musicals, particularly the animated renaissance begun by Disney's The Little Mermaid, will want to watch the documentary feature Howard. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
62% Chemical Hearts (2020) Chemical Hearts may not distinguish itself among the glut of movies about sensitive high-schoolers enjoying romance and emotional challenges, but its leads have charm and chemistry. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
95% An Easy Girl (Un Fille Facile) (2019) Sofia isn't as simple as she looks, and Naima learns a lot about the performative aspects of femininity in this unique coming-of-age tale. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) The result of all this is a deep, agonizing sense of self-indulgence on the part of Kaufman. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) The movie's main failure is Ferrell, who's too old and too far removed from his Elf heyday to be using the same faux naïf notes... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) Some of the action beats here are overly familiar, but there's a gratifyingly fresh texture to the characters' profiles... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
96% John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020) Rather than being a staid documentary about a long-ago figure, Good Trouble bridges the gap between the here-and-now and the way-back-when with startling immediacy. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
70% 7500 (2020) ...a tense, economically crafted piece of work. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
98% Disclosure (2020) Disclosure presents a breezy but pretty thorough overview of the entertainment media's longtime dismissive portrayal of gender otherness... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Da 5 Bloods is well-made and beautifully acted by people at the top of their game (Peters is particularly strong as the group's calm center). And even a flawed (and, at 154 minutes, way too long) Spike Lee movie is worth seeing. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
35% Seberg (2020) Worth a look for Stewart, though, who's always committed, even in mediocre flicks... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) Like many sci-fi films, even those with real budgets, the big reveal and resolution are a letdown. But it's an admirable calling card for the first-time director and his cast. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
92% Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (2020) She caps it all with a joke she told us she was going to tell - but delivers with the perfect timing that ends the show on a note of weird bliss. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
93% Becoming (2020) These are the sorts of words we need to hear, and believe, right now. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) You won't see anything else like it onscreen. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
88% Selah and the Spades (2020) Writer-director Tayarisha Poe's film is worthy, but like Tales From the Loop, purports to be deeper than it really is. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
100% International Falls (2020) The film is the kind of character study they don't make much any more, probably because so many were not as nicely and modestly made. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2020
100% Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections (2020) Is all of this just a lot of paranoia, or a partisan conspiracy theory? You'll be hard-pressed to believe that by the end of Kill Chain. The documentary convincingly makes its case... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2020
78% The Banker (2020) From start to finish, unfortunately, Mackie tends to play Garrett as emotionally buttoned-up as the nice suits he wears. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2020
96% Blood on Her Name (2020) It's flawed, but it's a tightly wound, mournful thriller about a young woman in a very bad situation. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2020
No Score Yet Rob Delaney: Jackie (2020) He's more amusing than hilarious. These days, that may be enough. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
68% Troop Zero (2020) It's one of those wistful, peppy flicks about scrappy young outsiders who bond to show the world their worth. Nothing wrong with that, but its story...is too broad. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
84% Just Mercy (2020) [Jordan's] portrayal of Stevenson is sympathetic if a little too saintly, but when he spouts legalese, he sounds more like an actor reciting memorized lines than a member of the bar thoroughly fluent in the language of the law. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
82% The Report (2019) It's intelligently made, but Scott Z. Burns' script can give you whiplash as it constantly leapfrogs...when it's almost impossible to get away from current politics, revisiting this other recent historic disaster is a difficult choice. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
100% Mike Birbiglia: The New One (2019) A charmingly wry look at the deeply imperfect (emotionally and medically) stand-up's adjustment to becoming a first-time father. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
94% Marriage Story (2019) Sharp but humane, gorgeously acted, the new movie might inspire you to rewatch that other great divorce drama, Kramer vs. Kramer. That's not such a bad takeaway. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) Nothing [Scorcese's] done in a long time has been as good as The Irishman. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2019
77% Richard Jewell (2019) Richard Jewell squanders its chance to tell the whole truth... - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2019
48% American Son (2019) Flawed as it is, American Son is a vital conversation starter, as it explores the racially mine-sown landscape many of us walk through daily. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
88% Born To Be Blue (2016) Hawke is very good here. I'm not his biggest fan, but he gets Baker's distinctive, whispery voice, whether speaking or singing. - ArtsATL EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018