Michael Nordine

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For 161 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 161
  2. Negative: 23 out of 161
161 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Nordine
    Brazil might not want you to know it, but Aquarius is something special.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Michael Nordine
    Manages to be intimate and impersonal at the same time, a trait constantly reinforced by his portrayal of not only Ceausescu but the populace he led, represented, and controlled for nearly three decades.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    First-time writer-director Bi Gan and cinematographer Wang Tianxing infuse the imagery with a feeling at once otherworldly and familiar — the kind of thing you can't put a name to but would swear you've already experienced.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    Wry and self-aware but never finger-wagging, Office looks back on an economic precipice and finds more humor and spirit than any other depiction yet made about it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Olli Mäki isn't a knockout, but it does go the distance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    Lanthimos's consistently hilarious, borderline anti-humor slowly gives way to a romantic streak of surprising warmth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    That the film has so many partial reference points only makes the ultimate amalgamation stranger, as the chimeric whole can't be fully explained by its parts. The Wailing enters the world malformed and screaming, as powerless to stop itself as we are.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 74 Michael Nordine
    Clay Tweel’s Gleason documents the agony and the ecstasy of its subject’s life, and is similarly exceptional in its avoidance of the cliches so common among inspiring documentaries.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Nordine
    I Wish has a tough time balancing the heartfelt with the saccharine and too often feels slight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Trash talk among competitors and spectators alike is a constant background hum, the informal banter taking the place of traditional talking-head documentary interviews.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Michael Nordine
    Beach Rats has an experiential, almost docudrama aesthetic whose lived-in authenticity is in keeping with that of the film as a whole.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Lapid is so unconcerned with crafting a conventional crime drama that merely titling his film Policeman reads as a minor subversion, a way of defining the narrative in relation to a genre it hardly fits into.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Not since The Tree of Life has Christianity been explored onscreen in such serious, conflicted terms, but Scorsese has crafted a far less grandiose experience than Terrence Malick did five years ago. Silence is restrained, austere, even ascetic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Nordine
    The film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    A film about individuals who refuse to be silenced could stand to take a few more chances itself.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Tickled inspires many laughs throughout but, true to its subject, more and more of them are born of discomfort as it goes on — part of you wants it all to stop even as you’re amused.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    That Battered Bastards is practically a hagiography doesn't negate the fact that it has more anti-establishment joie de vivre in any given scene than most talking-head docs about previously unheralded mensches contain in their entire run times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    You wouldn't lose anything watching Fastball on ESPN rather than in the movie theater, but it does stand as further testament to baseball's status as our most chess-like sport, and one that, even when broken down to its tiniest component parts, never loses its magic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    You might not want to live here, but the imagery makes for a nice postcard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The problem with movies depicting the banality of anything, of course, is that they tend to be pretty banal themselves; in setting out to be the exception to that rule, Eye in the Sky only proves it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Louis Black explores the casual philosophizing of his subject's work in Dream Is Destiny, an admiring documentary that wisely lets Linklater do most of the talking in his plainspoken, unpretentious manner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Steve Hoover's film (which was executive-produced by Terrence Malick) doesn't feel dishonest in its behind-the-scenes glimpse at its subject.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Sensuous and arresting, Alleluia constantly feels as though a séance or ritual murder is about to be performed; the actual deaths, when they arrive, turn out to be rather unceremonious affairs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    They're still thirteen-year-olds, which leads to Breaking a Monster's funniest moments.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Suffern strikes a respectful, not entirely hopeless tone throughout.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Too bad the filmmaking never rises to the level of its subject.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Michael Nordine
    Don’t Breathe makes a striking first impression but overstays its welcome.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Schlesinger seems in such a rush to guide us to the end unscathed that she sometimes loses sight of the small details that make this journey unique.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Sin Alas matches the half-awake feeling evoked by Luis's ruminations — on love, on Cuba's history, and on himself — well enough to feel authentic even when it meanders too far from what makes it most compelling.
    • 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.

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