Michael Nordine

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For 180 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 180
  2. Negative: 24 out of 180
180 movie reviews
    • 65 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Suffern strikes a respectful, not entirely hopeless tone throughout.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    It's better than the first.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    While hardly the first or most accomplished film of its kind, Death Metal Angola's focus on the ability of abrasive music to act as a healing agent builds toward genuine moments of renewal and serenity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    They're still thirteen-year-olds, which leads to Breaking a Monster's funniest moments.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Call it a dissenting opinion if you must, but Dirty Grandpa has sporadic moments of hilarity.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Gilady never treats her heroine as a prop in someone else's redemption arc, and Rosenblatt's performance will have you looking for her work in other films.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    The film's most worthy detour is into the history and personal significance of masks.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Though quite silly, none of this feels self-reflexive or -satisfied. It delights in its own stupidity the way a dog rolls in dirt, but is nearly as difficult to get mad at after it muddies up the rug.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Both Aria and the film as a whole are very much in their own head, which is a nice place to visit but probably not the healthiest environment to grow up in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    [Michelle Monaghan's] at her best as Army medic/staff sergeant Maggie Swann in writer-director Claudia Myers's Fort Bliss.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Xenia has a winning streak of oddness.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    The film mounts a competent offense as it shows how the Israeli squad overcame superior foes on the court and prejudice off of it.
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    • 70 Michael Nordine
    The main strength of writer-director Geoff Ryan's film is its quietude; too many movies exploring the neither-nor status occupied by vets whose experiences "over there" have altered their ability to function back home turn shrill in order to get their point across.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Nordine
    Enemies Closer captures the feel of action flicks of yore -- unsurprising, given that some of them were directed by Hyams himself -- in a way that only limited-release and straight-to-video titles seem allowed to these days (aside from the latest Riddick, that is).
    • 65 Metascore
    • 68 Michael Nordine
    [Cox and Hirsch] add depth and dimension to the mystery they’re trying to unravel, even and especially as they unwittingly become part of it.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Michael Nordine
    [A] suitably workmanlike documentary.

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