Michael Nordine

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For 170 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Aquarius
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 170
  2. Negative: 23 out of 170
170 movie reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Nordine
    I Wish has a tough time balancing the heartfelt with the saccharine and too often feels slight.
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    • 63 Michael Nordine
    Retreat's wheels are constantly spinning, but they're not always taking us anywhere.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Nordine
    The goings-on can rarely be called truly compelling, even if they're almost always generally pleasant.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Michael Nordine
    Don’t Breathe makes a striking first impression but overstays its welcome.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 62 Michael Nordine
    The Whole Truth stands out within its evergreen genre for the largely unsensational manner in which it’s presented. Hunt follows actual courtroom procedures more closely than most similar movies...which makes the eventual revelations feel earned.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Lemelson's interviews can be repetitive in their direct staging, but there's inspiration in his conceit of using a shadow-puppet performance set to gamelan music as interludes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Yet another documentary paean to an unsung musical act whose fringe staying power is as remarkable as its lack of mainstream coverage.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    [Sparrow] zigs where you expect her to zag (not always in the best of ways), and though I Remember You ends up exactly where you expect it to, the windy, circuitous path it takes doesn't feel like time misspent.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    [Palermo] demonstrates an affinity for all things ethereal, even as he occasionally struggles to make space for himself in the long shadow of his estimable influences and reference points.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    In their abstraction, a number of striking animated sequences prove more effective in conveying these horrors than the talking-head segments that contextualize them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Armstrong, who's mostly played himself in previous forays into acting, has a low-key charm suggesting that, if he desired it, he could get more onscreen gigs in between albums.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    We Are X is nothing you haven’t seen before as a music documentary, but it succeeds as an examination of why we turn to escapist art, and what we do when it’s no longer there.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    It's refreshing that director Jim Taihuttu is more interested in the humdrum goings on of those who split their time between illegal and legitimate activities.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Jung Jae-young gives a physical, full-bodied performance in the main role.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    The film is frequently amusing but indulges too often in flights of fancy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    LeBlanc and Larter carry the day with a spectrum of charm missing from too many entries in this shaky, persistent genre.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Wa-shoku isn't as contemplative as Kanai and his acolytes, though it might still make you feel like a dilettante if your Japanese palate begins and ends with California rolls.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Too artfully made for camp status but populated by characters too one-dimensional to stand alongside the likes of Once Upon a Time in China, Chow Hin Yeung's martial-arts epic, set in the late nineteenth century, is marked by blue-gray hues and some genuinely striking camerawork.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    The final result of all this, if a mixed bag, is still a more accurate rendering of the books' spirit than Oz the Great and Powerful.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Makhmalbaf makes you feel the enormity of the president's loss of self even if you don't actually feel for him.
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    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Only You is mostly engaging for the ways in which it shows that prophecies reveal more about the receiver's interpretive biases than they do about the secrets of the universe.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    A film about individuals who refuse to be silenced could stand to take a few more chances itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Less is often more when it comes to depicting such rituals onscreen, and Smith is highly attuned to the simple power of, say, characters cryptically chanting under their breath.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    In paring down and streamlining its source material, this new version also saps its heft.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Has a lived-in, almost documentary-like realism to it, but as drama it's occasionally inert.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Though it takes a long while for the many moving parts to click into place, the final minutes redeem not only a few characters but also Blood Ties itself -- not enough to make up for prior transgressions, perhaps, but enough to leave a favorable last impression.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    The best villains are those whose motivations prove uncomfortably persuasive, and Knock Knock's drop-dead-gorgeous home invaders predicate their cruel game on too shaky a foundation to truly unsettle.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    The filmmakers take great pains not to stack the deck or overstate the couple's self-evident trauma, but watching the movie is ultimately like being one of their friends: You understand their pain on a conceptual level but can't feel it the way they do.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    If we're grading on a curve, though — and seriously, it bears repeating: Fessenden is literally sixteen years old — it's impossible not to give the film kudos for being a not-bad genre exercise that shows promise for its precocious director.

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