Michael Nordine
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For 81 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 12% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 100 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 81
  2. Negative: 14 out of 81
81 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    There are too many notes that, while not false, are neither satisfactorily resolved nor left interestingly unresolved.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Though Proxy shows early signs of being worthy of that vaunted company, it's brought down by some truly wooden performances and an inability to turn its interesting spark of an idea into a workable story.
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    • 50 Michael Nordine
    There's little new information here, and the structural monotony of The Anonymous People's voiceover and talking-head presentation often makes it feel less like dynamic, insightful filmmaking and more like a well-intentioned PSA.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Mr. Jones is the stuff of both conspiracy theories and collegiate discourse, and Mueller's elliptical exploration and creation of that mythology sets the bar a bit too high for his much-less-interesting protagonists to fully clear.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    For much of its runtime, the film is simply there, decent for the most part, but at no point immersive.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Like many docs with activist undertones, Second Opinion tells a potentially interesting story in a bland way.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The story... could have worked well as a pitch-black comedy, but first-time director John Slattery (Mad Men's Roger Sterling) takes the material so seriously that the mood never changes much after leaving the funeral home.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The problem with The Human Experiment as an actual film and not just an anti-chemical treatise is that, though these people and the troubling statistics they cite are on the level, we're too rarely afforded the opportunity to reach our own conclusions based on them.
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    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Out Loud is too clumsily put together to give its subject the weight it needs to feel both grounded and moving.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    One test for movies like this is whether they bemoan the inevitable gore or revel in it; The Human Race too often falls into the latter, amplifying and focusing on the bloodshed.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Co-writer/director Matt Rabinowitz doesn’t artfully withhold information so much as lay it all on the table a bit earlier than he might have.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    A self-aware, borderline self-reflexive action-comedy from the Netherlands, Arne Toonen's Black Out is derivative in a way that undermines its wry sense of self.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    As with many other WWII films, it takes genuinely stirring source material -- a young Hungarian man poses as a Nazi to find his dislocated family -- and reduces it to its most shopworn components.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The writer-director's ideas about our connection to the land and the many other animals roaming it may well be profound, but they're buried under layers of superfluous storytelling devices. A better title would have been Adrift.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The Den's commitment to its presentational conceit leads to a number of implausible scenarios, but what's more disheartening is the gore-fest it turns into once the curtain is thrown back on the mystery propelling both Elizabeth and the narrative.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Farmiga and Garcia give it their all, and their chemistry keeps certain scenes afloat.

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