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
Total Reviews:
258

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
88% 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+ 82% 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
84% 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
63% 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
47% 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
77% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Lars von Trier is famous for the movies he makes and infamous for everything else he does." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Mar 20, 2014
B- 63% Bad Words (2014) " Remember that scene in Billy Madison where Adam Sandler makes fun of a second-grader because she can't spell "couch"? Bad Words is kind of like that, only 90 minutes longer." — Willamette Week
Posted Mar 19, 2014
81% Grand Piano (2014) " Grand Piano's trick is a simple one, but Mira does a decent job of milking it for everything it's worth." — Pasadena Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Monster (2014) " A caricature of mental illness." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Junk (2014) " Though the result is uneven, it also feels genuine." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
—— Tabloid Truth (2014) " Just as prone to sensationalism as the scandalous tipsheets it lambasts." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
73% The Den (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
73% Enemy (2014) " Gloriously enigmatic." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 11, 2014
0% War of the Worlds: Goliath (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Mar 4, 2014
—— Venus Talk (2014) " As their roles deepen and they come to be defined by more than their romantic relationships, so, finally, does the film - if only for a time." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Mar 3, 2014
11% Barefoot (2014) " The gradual revelation that there's more to Daisy than meets the eye is no great surprise, but it does at least negate - too late! - some of the more troubling subtext." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2014
40% Black Out (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 18, 2014
—— A Stranger In Paradise (2014) " Overextends itself and tries its hand at set-pieces that are never more than adequate. " — L.A. Weekly
Posted Feb 14, 2014
D+ 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " That almost none of this makes real-world sense isn't a problem. What is a problem is that much of it isn't even consistent with its own internal logic." — Willamette Week
Posted Feb 13, 2014
B+ 95% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " Hitchcock by way of Cruising." — Willamette Week
Posted Feb 12, 2014
33% Beijing Love Story (2014) " This nuance-free affair registers as little more than noise." — Village Voice
Posted Feb 11, 2014
B- 100% Gabrielle (2014) " It isn't entirely free of sugar, and by the end loses sight of the qualities that initially made it so engaging." — Willamette Week
Posted Feb 5, 2014
B 95% Child's Pose (2014) " Deftly examines loss, dependency, and the delicate bonds that hold families together." — Willamette Week
Posted Feb 5, 2014
C- 33% Labor Day (2014) " There's no burger phone, but Reitman makes up for it with the most patently absurd baking sequence you'll ever see." — Willamette Week
Posted Jan 29, 2014
B+ 94% The Past (2013) " Farhadi all but perfects the art of making mountains out of molehills." — Willamette Week
Posted Jan 29, 2014
56% At Middleton (2014) " What starts out mildly charming is mostly tiresome by the time they start doing bong rips in a random student's dorm room." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
—— Miss Granny (2014) " Hwang mines seemingly every possible cliché and contrivance from this universal anxiety, but little of the joie de vivre implied by its wish-fulfilling narrative." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 28, 2014
77% Enemies Closer (2014) " Enemies Closer is the first collaboration between Peter Hyams and Jean-Claude Van Damme since 1995's Sudden Death. The reunion feels long overdue." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 21, 2014
—— Poto and Cabengo (1980) " Sadder ways to grow up certainly exist, but few come to mind." — Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Posted Jan 18, 2014
75% The Suspect (2014) " Witnessing this play out is more exhausting than exciting." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 15, 2014
80% Maidentrip (2014) " 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." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
88% The Wind Rises (2014) " Its questionable subtext is less problematic than the fact that it simply isn't that moving." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2014
91% The Great Beauty (2013) " Though there's precious little drama, Sorrentino's skills as an image-maker are indisputable." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Jan 8, 2014
C 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " Berg clearly has nothing but reverence for the armed forces, but that admiration renders him incapable of portraying anything dispassionately." — Willamette Week
Posted Jan 8, 2014
43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " Trying circumstances notwithstanding, most of the film's major happenings are either illogical or, much more damningly, not especially thrilling." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
67% Loves Her Gun (2014) " Though the film is generally sedate for its first hour-plus, small moments of violence sporadically keep us on our toes just as Allie is." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
14% Free Ride (2014) " The film is content to merely document certain happenings and hope you find them as interesting as it does." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2014
C 13% 47 Ronin (2013) " A curious folly, albeit an almost endearingly sincere (and strange) one that seems to revere its legendary source material as much as it distorts it." — Willamette Week
Posted Dec 25, 2013
B 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Few other filmmakers could handle this material with such an even hand." — Willamette Week
Posted Dec 18, 2013
B+ 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Sharing in Llewyn's struggle is more than worth the accompanying sorrow." — Willamette Week
Posted Dec 18, 2013
—— The Apostle (O Apóstolo)(El apóstol) " The manner in which Cortizo engages with centuries-old lore makes the narrative trajectory anything but predictable." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 11, 2013
—— Autrement, la Molussie (Differently, Molussia) " That one can imagine any possible sequencing of the nine reels being as powerful as any other makes the complete work something more, something special." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 10, 2013
20% A Perfect Man (2013) " Too bland to inspire strong feelings of any kind." — L.A. Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2013
C- 47% Last Vegas (2013) " No one onscreen seems to be having an especially good time, a feeling likely to be shared by the audience." — Willamette Week
Posted Oct 30, 2013
50% One Pm Central Standard Time (2013) " A remembrance of a time when journalism was carried out with a little more grace and dignity than it is today." — Village Voice
Posted Oct 29, 2013
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