Michael Nordine

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For 156 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 Aquarius
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 156
  2. Negative: 22 out of 156
156 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Nordine
    The film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Nordine
    Brazil might not want you to know it, but Aquarius is something special.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    Lanthimos's consistently hilarious, borderline anti-humor slowly gives way to a romantic streak of surprising warmth.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    Denis Villeneuve's shared dream of a film takes the simple premise of a man glimpsing his doppelganger while watching a movie and mines every bit of tension and oddity from it — there's hardly a scene that doesn't exude menace.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    Our glimpses of what's already occurred and what will soon come are vivid and impressionistic, prophetic warnings about which everyone seems powerless to do anything other than silently observe.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Nordine
    There are no jump-scares in this sensuous thriller, and the lack of anything corporeal on which to focus our unease only makes Butter on the Latch more darkly exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Without coming across as a soapbox for narcs or unserious stoners, Rolling Papers gives a clearheaded account of things as they stand and where they might be headed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Little of what happens will come as a surprise, but Corbet's narrative restraint coupled with his formal daring makes for a gripping experience. It's a slow burn, but the fuse attached had me holding my breath.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    The strange, ever-changing result is, at times, as original as loose remakes come, with Bidegain using his hallowed source material as a springboard for something rare: a "writer's movie" that loses nothing in the jump from script to screen.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Nordine
    Like the hardboiled detectives of yore, Too Late ultimately gets the job done — even if it's in its own off-the-books way.
    • 82 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Julia Leigh's take on the fairy tale is a study in detachment and unspoken dissatisfaction, traits that imbue the proceedings with a barely-contained sexual energy lurking beneath a thin veneer of calm.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    Fightville's most worthwhile material tends to lie in the space between what its subjects say and what we know to be true.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Michael Nordine
    There's something to be said about a two-and-a-half-hour war epic that manages to make each of its countless decapitation scenes feel earned, even called for, in the moment.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    It's like an odd storybook you'd find in the attic and have trouble putting down — the more quixotic Lian's journey becomes, the more you want her to see it through to the bitter end.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Though far from perfect, Toad Road is also the first unique horror film to come along in years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    You might not want to live here, but the imagery makes for a nice postcard.
    • 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.

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