Michael Nordine

Michael Nordine

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
Film Threat , House Next Door , indieWIRE , L.A. Weekly , Not Coming to a Theater Near You , Pasadena Weekly , Reverse Shot , Slant Magazine , Village Voice , Willamette Week
Critics' Group:
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
298

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
75% Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014) " An interesting case of genre tropes shipping back and forth across the Pacific." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
78% Second Opinion: Laetrile at Sloan-Kettering (2014) " Like many docs with activist undertones, Second Opinion tells a potentially interesting story in a bland way - a fixed camera on its main subject, who recounts the story detail by detail." — Village Voice
Posted Aug 26, 2014
100% Burning Bush (2014) " Just because Eastern Bloc period pieces are almost always stately and elegiac doesn't mean a largely compelling movie like this shouldn't still manage to surprise us once or twice over the course of four hours. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Aug 7, 2014
B 48% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Much of this reads as wish fulfillment for Allen, who's spent half a century detailing his fear of mortality. No one, after all, wants to believe in nothing." — Willamette Week
Posted Aug 6, 2014
17% Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014) " Battle for Blood is ultimately too accurate a subtitle; this film is a bloodbath, and not an edifying one in the slightest." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jul 22, 2014
57% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) " Grillo's performance will make you wonder why he didn't start headlining movies like this before turning 50; his is the soft-spoken kind of charisma that helped make half of the Expendables into stars back in the '80s and '90s." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 18, 2014
C 41% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Braff claims to have turned to Kickstarter to avoid financier interference, but nothing in Wish I Was Here feels out of the norm for an Indiewood production." — Willamette Week
Posted Jul 16, 2014
B 84% Coherence (2014) " The questions Byrkit raises about the intermingling of previously separate realities may be more inspired than some of the answers that his out-of-their-depth characters stumble upon, but the implications are quietly terrifying nonetheless." — Willamette Week
Posted Jul 9, 2014
100% The Battered Bastards Of Baseball (2014) " Vibrant, rebellious, and fun as all hell - if also utterly biased." — Village Voice
Posted Jul 8, 2014
D+ 24% Tammy (2014) " If you've seen one Melissa McCarthy movie, you've seen them all." — Willamette Week
Posted Jul 2, 2014
25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " As bland and anonymous in practice as it is on paper." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 19, 2014
40% No Tears For The Dead (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B+ 83% Northern Light (2014) " You feel as though you've been given the keys to a town that trusts you to look around at your own pace and turn off the light on your way out. And the longer you stay, the less you feel like leaving." — Willamette Week
Posted Jun 18, 2014
B- —— Man from Reno " Like his two leads, Boyle maintains a matter-of-factness that allows us to survey the evidence and reach our own conclusions." — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 18, 2014
C+ —— Out In The Night " 'The media doesn't tell the whole story,' says one interviewee. It's hard to escape the feeling that 'Out in the Night' doesn't either." — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 17, 2014
B+ —— Comet " A star-crossed romance that often feels cosmic and intimate within the span of a single scene." — indieWIRE
Posted Jun 16, 2014
42% The Human Race (2014) " By the time half the contestants have been offed you may be less interested in who will win than when it will all be over." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 15, 2014
92% The Return To Homs (2014) " Derki's refusal to feel powerless as his country falls apart proves heartening." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jun 15, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " Elements that might otherwise be genuinely discomfiting are rendered silly by how much effort Michôd puts into living up to genre conventions." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Jun 15, 2014
69% Policeman (2014) " Nadav Lapid's Policeman deftly examines the physical and spiritual fallout of ideology turning into action." — Village Voice
Posted Jun 10, 2014
B 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Its recursive conceit often seems poised to devolve into a cheap gimmick, but, much like Cage, it consistently makes slight course corrections that keep it feeling fresh." — Willamette Week
Posted Jun 4, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) " Darker shades dominate the latter half, shifting the tone and making the film feel both more authentic and more contrived, sometimes simultaneously." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 23, 2014
—— The Fatal Encounter (2014) " Trying to find where the line is drawn between those we might consider right and wrong proves more compelling than the bevy of swordfights meant to solve their problems once and for all." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 23, 2014
67% Wolf (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted May 20, 2014
86% The Immigrant (2014) " Every indelible moment feels at once frozen in time yet utterly timeless - like a flower pressed between the pages of an old diary." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
—— How We Got Away With It (2014) " More approachable as a clinical deconstruction than a conventional narrative." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
41% A Night In Old Mexico (2014) " It's hard not to wonder if Duvall got passed over for a role in Last Vegas and, not to be outdone by that snake Kevin Kline, decided to make the Western version instead. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
—— Broken (2014) " There's the letter of the law, and then there's the complex range of visceral reactions to tragedy." — L.A. Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
82% The Double (2014) " The Pyrrhic victory with which it ends is a relief for protagonist and audience alike." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " The often self-destructive manner in which they express their nascent disillusionment may not be universal, but the feelings themselves certainly are." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 16, 2014
34% God's Pocket (2014) " A bit of site-specific miserablism brought to life by an ensemble whose every actor ... is more interesting than the part he or she is playing." — Village Voice
Posted May 6, 2014
43% The Anonymous People (2014) " Feels less like dynamic, insightful filmmaking and more like a well-intentioned PSA." — Village Voice
Posted May 2, 2014
25% Mr. Jones (2014) " Early scenes prove an exception to most of this genre du jour's tired rules, which makes it especially disappointing when the third act does little more than reinforce them. " — Village Voice
Posted May 2, 2014
—— Clutter (2014) " The details of this family's slow unraveling are so specific they almost feel autobiographical, and as a result occasionally insular; we're thrust into their problems like a therapist mid-session. " — Village Voice
Posted May 2, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Its ideas about race and gender inequity are nothing new onscreen or off, but they are absorbingly rendered. " — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 2, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " You're almost as impatient to find out whether this will be a one-way trip as he is." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted May 2, 2014
C+ 96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Does a great job of masking how little it has to say about the bloodshed it deals in." — Willamette Week
Posted May 2, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 23, 2014
—— Fray (2014) " The flaws fall away once you see the look in Justin's eye as the person interviewing him for a job at a dairy bar says the establishment turns into 'kind of a battlefield' during the summer." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2014
57% Proxy (2014) " Like a lot of conspiracy thrillers, the questions it raises prove more compelling than the answers it slowly teases out." — Village Voice
Posted Apr 16, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " In all but ignoring the usual trappings of such creatures, Jarmusch has made them as compelling as they've ever been." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2014
33% The Players (2014) " The rare omnibus film that isn't just a mixed bag--it very nearly succeeds at being uniformly bad." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 9, 2014
—— On the Other Side of the Tracks (2014) " At least they never argue over which radio station to listen to." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 9, 2014
B+ 84% The Unknown Known (2014) " The most interesting thing about The Unknown Known is how seemingly unrevealing it is." — Willamette Week
Posted Apr 9, 2014
40% A Farewell to Fools (2014) " That loneliest of creatures: the comedy that inspires almost no laughs." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 4, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " The lack of context - who she is, why she's here - has the thrillingly uncomfortable effect of making us just as attuned to the strangeness of everyday minutiae as she is." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " Every problem on display in the first installment is magnified in the second. " — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
30% Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014) " A halfhearted attempt at truly getting inside these men's and women's heads to make sense of their actions, which is ostensibly the purpose of dramatizing such a recent and shameful ordeal." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2014
53% Blood Ties (2014) " Seems to be the continuation of a narrative that only exists in its characters' heads." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 27, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " An ersatz epic at best." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Mar 27, 2014
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