Michael Nordine

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For 188 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Aquarius
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 188
  2. Negative: 24 out of 188
188 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Custody begins with an air of documentary reality before evolving into a thriller so claustrophobic its climax fits inside the bathroom of a modest apartment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    And Then I Go isn’t elegiac or fatalistic, nor is it a dread-filled slog toward an inevitable conclusion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 58 Michael Nordine
    Fuglsig’s feature debut is ultimately less an action movie and more a procedural, one in which incremental gains and minimal casualties are as much as can be hoped for.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    As ever with Aardman, the cleverest moments are also the most fleeting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    The witch-hunt metaphor that emerges from Abigail’s bullying is more overt than it needs to be, but Shephard clearly didn’t rely on SparkNotes in crafting her film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Nordine
    The question with a movie like Jigsaw, which was preceded by seven “Saw” movies and did not screen for press, isn’t “Is it good?” but rather “How bad is it?” The answer, dear reader, is “quite.” Jigsaw is quite bad.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Indivisible is above all else a mood piece humming with energy and marked by wondrous moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Nordine
    Kill Me Please is as much a teen movie as it is a horror movie, vacillating between the genres in such a way that you’re reminded from one scene to another how similar the two really are.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Nordine
    Red Christmas rarely deals in gore for gore’s sake in its early going. By the end, however, it becomes such an exercise in sensibility-testing brutality that any message about the fragility of the family unit is as murky as the cinematography.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Creepy is both a return home and a return to form.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Nordine
    A docudrama that in its early scenes feels like a documentary — the co-directors have a nonfiction background, and the actors are actual carnival performers — the film plays out like a small-scale fairy tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Michael Nordine
    This is the kind of experience that might tell you more about yourself as both a viewer and a person than you’re comfortable knowing; it’s also the most alluringly strange movie of the year so far.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Set at a prestigious drama school and frequently engrossing, the film unfolds like an experimental acting workshop that occasionally falters when the plot intrudes on the performances.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Nordine
    It would almost be impressive how many funny people it took to make something so unfunny — the full ensemble includes Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins and Rob Huebel — only it’s difficult to be impressed when you’re focused on how little you’re laughing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Pop Aye never dips into cutesiness or sentimentality, even when you might find yourself wishing it would; it’s less a big-top circus and more a low-key character study.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Call it a dissenting opinion if you must, but Dirty Grandpa has sporadic moments of hilarity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    A film about the vital importance of speaking truth to power needn’t be so concerned with dressing up its own frightful truths, but Nobody Speak still compels as an opening statement on journalism’s dubious future.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Though born of an inventive idea, Camera Obscura comes out underdeveloped.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    There’s a fine line between watching someone toil and feeling as though you’re toiling yourself, of course, and “Makala” doesn’t always land on the right side of it. It can be edifying at times to watch this, as the film is clearly a labor of love — even if the actual work depicted is not.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    [A] suitably workmanlike documentary.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    The film’s world-building is more engaging than its plotting, which skews toward the generic as the embattled good guys set out on their last-ditch effort to save what remains of humanity; there’s a sense, while watching Blame!, that there are more interesting stories on the fringes of this tribal future.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are at the helm this time around, proving capable captains even if the script they’re working from isn’t always seaworthy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Schrader’s direction is unobtrusive but agile, as though she considers it her duty to provide a cinematic soapbox for Zweig and politely exit the spotlight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    These aesthetic flourishes are as necessary as they are nice to look at, and go a long way toward making the darker shades of Hounds of Love less of an endurance test.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Olli Mäki isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Suffern strikes a respectful, not entirely hopeless tone throughout.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 76 Michael Nordine
    Hathaway makes Gloria feel familiar and unique all at once. The same can be said of Colossal itself, which lives up to its title without losing sight of small-scale human drama.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The filmmaker isn't as nimble as he is ambitious, though, and you'll feel all 148 minutes of Brimstone's runtime — just maybe not in the way Koolhoven wants you to.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Nordine
    Those who favor gore above all else will be at home amid the blood and guts, but others should heed the obvious warning invited by the title: don't watch it.

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