Michael Nordine

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For 134 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 134
  2. Negative: 21 out of 134
134 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 Michael Nordine
    Out of the Shadows stumbles from one set piece to the next, rarely offering viewers much reason to care in between, and its halfhearted attempts at moving toward the “dark and gritty” end of the comic-book spectrum never land.
    • 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.
    • 44 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.
    • 34 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    It's all steak, no sizzle — the opposite of Twisted Sister.
    • 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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    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Initially engrossing as it is, the maximalism loses power sometime in the second act.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Before devolving into the same series of demonic faces and jump-scares we've seen time and again, The Forest is a genuinely unnerving mood piece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    The problem with movies depicting the banality of anything, of course, is that they tend to be pretty banal themselves; in setting out to be the exception to that rule, Eye in the Sky only proves it.
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    • 40 Michael Nordine
    There are more tears than the title lets on, and even more blood, but it's a reason to truly be invested that's missing from No Tears for the Dead, which is rarely any better or worse than serviceable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    For all its aspirations toward movie magic with an activist bent, The Mermaid’s potential implications for the film industry are ultimately more noteworthy than the movie itself.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    On-the-nose monologues on the cyclical nature of centuries-old blood feuds ultimately feel more like stuffy lectures than living history; ditto the film as a whole.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Green Dragons wants to be spaghetti with marinara, but it's closer to egg noodles and ketchup.
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    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Far better as a family drama than as a gangster picture, the film's muddled attempt at marrying the two distracts from its emotional center.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    Too by-the-numbers for the emotional impact to resonate as long as it could and should have.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Nordine
    It's easy to get lost in the natural beauty of Vermont, and Mosher (who worked on the film with several students as part of a Marlboro College program) clearly takes joy in doing so. The liveliest counterpart to that striking landscape isn't Dern, but rather Jessica Hecht as his wayward daughter, who hits all the grace notes the rest of the film tends to miss.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Nordine
    That all the good things--and there are several--Red Lights has going for it are ultimately in service of an ending that might even make M. Night Shyamalan cringe represents one of the year's biggest missed opportunities.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Michael Nordine
    It's the kind of movie you'd find in someone's VHS collection, decide to watch based on the box art and title, and end up switching out for "The House of the Devil" instead.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Nordine
    An extended riff on marital infidelity, this is the rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag -- it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad.
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    • 30 Michael Nordine
    No one in the movie rises above the level of a stock character, so over-the-top in their familiar jokes as to barely even register as satire.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Nordine
    By far the highest concentration of actual humor comes during the blooper reel over the end credits; free of the script’s saccharine constraints, the performers immediately demonstrate their chops.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Nordine
    Two second-act revelations alter its tired dynamic for the better, but those changes are undone by cheap scares and a climactic revelation that's more ho-hum than horrifying.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Nordine
    Returning director Tim Story lays out the narrative wares with all the subtlety of a neon sign on the Strip, not that the screenplay from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman (who also co-wrote the first one) gives him much to work with.

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