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 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 156
  2. Negative: 22 out of 156
156 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 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).
    • 64 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 66 Michael Nordine
    For the first time, the story supports and adds to the action rather than distract from it; it’s almost as though Anderson was holding back in the earlier films because he wanted to save the best for last.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 66 Michael Nordine
    "Louis Drax” is a curious melding of sensibilities, as eager to show off its mysteries as it is to neatly resolve them. It’s a pleasant enough reverie, but one from which you won’t mind waking.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 64 Michael Nordine
    A Hologram for the King succeeds at putting us in Alan’s meandering headspace, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find his journey as meaningful as he does.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael Nordine
    The film works because what it documents is less a transformation and more a return to a former, more natural state for its troubled protagonist.
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    • 63 Michael Nordine
    The serio-comic technique and ping-ponging aesthetics ultimately make for a winning approach.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.

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