Michael Nordine

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For 153 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 Aquarius
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 153
  2. Negative: 23 out of 153
153 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    A film about individuals who refuse to be silenced could stand to take a few more chances itself.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Nordine
    In paring down and streamlining its source material, this new version also saps its heft.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 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.
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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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Too bad the filmmaking never rises to the level of its subject.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    There are too many notes that, while not false, are neither satisfactorily resolved nor left interestingly unresolved.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.

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