Michael Nordine

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For 165 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Nordine's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Metalhead
Lowest review score: 10 108 Stitches
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 165
  2. Negative: 23 out of 165
165 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Steve's voiceover monologues and dealings with a detective investigating a murder are straight out of the Patrick Bateman playbook, but turning the sociopathic cynicism up to eleven tends to be ineffective unless wit and insight are included in the mix.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    For all the big-budget spectacle on display, it's the scenes that look to have been shot on a GoPro that most excite -- only in these few sequences does The Himalayas begin to distinguish itself from its blockbuster ilk.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Chen's full-bodied commitment to her role adds something new to this familiar scenario, which also benefits from its idyllic island setting; psychodrama and Hawaii pair surprisingly well.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Poots, who's quietly distinguished herself in a number of supporting roles over the last few years, brings a documentary-like naturalism to the familiar plotting; you'll care about her even if you begin to lose interest in the movie as a whole.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    The film's premise rests on one contrivance too many as it is...and Heder keeps raising the stakes instead of settling into the groove established so well by her two leads.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Nordine
    Blair Witch’s comparatively maximalist approach shows too much and scares too little.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 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.

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