Michael Nordine

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For 158 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 6.5 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 158
  2. Negative: 23 out of 158
158 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    Jung Jae-young gives a physical, full-bodied performance in the main role.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.

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