Michael Nordine

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For 177 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 5.7 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: 71 out of 177
  2. Negative: 24 out of 177
177 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    47 Meters Down sinks rather than swims, even if there are a few buoyant moments along the way.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Writer-director Chris Dowling handles that worrisome premise with a more even hand than this genre's ill-advised predecessors.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Monaghan and Foxx, for all their gifts, can't transcend the material, though they do get more out of it than most others would be able to.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Just as most of them can't outrun their pasts, neither can they escape familiar plot contrivances that try too hard and achieve too little.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    The Girl on the Train, though an enjoyable enough ride, goes idle once it slows down long enough for you to take in the full view of things.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    The 100-Year-Old Man's equal-opportunity irreverence doesn't often translate to cleverness.
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    • 50 Michael Nordine
    We get a glimpse of who these people are and what makes them tick, but never know them in a way that helps us truly understand them or become especially invested in finding out what became of them.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    With its harmonica-heavy score and rousing shots of these horse-riding antiheroes, Kundo's early and late scenes resemble a Western as much as the historical epic its middle section gradually turns into.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Cliff Curtis is appealingly low-key as Christ, humble in a way that the film around him would have done well to emulate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Mikkelsen, blessed with the rare ability to class up a joint while also being the most menacing guy in the room, is cast against type as a mustachioed philanderer; based on the evidence, his estimable talents are better suited to Hannibal.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Co-directors Jeff and Michael Zimbalist stick to the playbook throughout, from typical moments of uplift to a Pelé cameo only slightly less fan-serving than Stan Lee's Marvel spots.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Steve's voiceover monologues and dealings with a detective investigating a murder are straight out of the Patrick Bateman playbook, but turning the sociopathic cynicism up to eleven tends to be ineffective unless wit and insight are included in the mix.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Like a feature-length Saturday morning cartoon with dashes of violence so graphic you'd swear you'd just stepped into Ralph Bakshi's Wizards. Which isn't to say that Goliath is good so much as compellingly weird on occasion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    There's nothing especially new or vital to these familiar scenes; ditto a late excursion into the realm of concussions — undoubtedly an epidemic for athletes of all stripes, but one that further muddles an already unfocused film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Too bad the filmmaking never rises to the level of its subject.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Though born of an inventive idea, Camera Obscura comes out underdeveloped.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    The film avoids most of its genre's pratfalls, though it also shows little interest in transcending them.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    It’s unfortunate that, even with this wealth of uncovered materials, I Am Ali still plays as a greatest-hits version of its subject’s life, offering little depth or insight into any one element of it.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Skin Trade's action is all blood and sinew, but its camerawork and choreography are nothing if not graceful.
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    • 50 Michael Nordine
    For all the big-budget spectacle on display, it's the scenes that look to have been shot on a GoPro that most excite -- only in these few sequences does The Himalayas begin to distinguish itself from its blockbuster ilk.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Chen's full-bodied commitment to her role adds something new to this familiar scenario, which also benefits from its idyllic island setting; psychodrama and Hawaii pair surprisingly well.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    The film is far less successful once it delves into body horror that makes Sarah's transformation as ghoulishly physical as it is mental.
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    • 50 Michael Nordine
    There are few clichés of the genre that Charhon doesn't indulge in, but he does a few of them well enough for the film to occasionally be funny, even if it's never close to inspired.
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    • 50 Michael Nordine
    At times there's no way to be sure whether what's on screen is scripted or candid, a formal tension that keeps the film on its toes while also underscoring that it's more effective as an experiential mood piece than it is as a drama.

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