Michael Nordine

Michael Nordine

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Michael Nordine's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

31 (2016)

"Rob Zombie can do better than 31. For proof, just watch any other Rob Zombie movie." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 20, 2016

We Are X (2016)

"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." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 19, 2016

The Whole Truth (2016)

"Marked by the legalese and narrative pivots demanded by the genre, but lacking enough verve to offset its familiarity, Courtney Hunt's film returns a verdict of Not Bad." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Oct 17, 2016

Aquarius (2016)

"Aquarius is something special." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Ordinary World (2016)

"Like your average three-chord rock song, Ordinary World is easy enough to get into - even if it doesn't get stuck in your head." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016)

"Rarely has an argument for the interconnectedness of all things been so fleet of foot and ambitious all at once." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Oct 6, 2016

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

"Hosking knows how to grab our attention, but not hold it in a meaningful way." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"[Taylor] has, along with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson, brought the page-turner to screen with all the unexciting competency of a commuter-rail dispatcher." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Indivisible (Indivisibili) (2016)

"A mood piece humming with energy and marked by wondrous moments ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 16, 2016

Blair Witch (2016)

"Blair Witch's comparatively maximalist approach shows too much and scares too little." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Sep 15, 2016

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016)

"Like a feature-length artist's rendition of the known universe." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2016
No Score Yet

I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

"The more quixotic Lian's journey becomes, the more you want her to see it through to the bitter end." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Sep 13, 2016
B 80%

The Rehearsal (2016)

""The Rehearsal" can't help but follow its characters as their actions become more irrational and occasionally overwrought, but like them it's redeemed by a simple yet bravura closing sequence" ‐ indieWIRE
Posted Sep 12, 2016

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

"Works as both a children's movie for adults and a grownup movie for kids, a rare balancing act most young-adult fare can't pull off. " ‐ TheWrap
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Antibirth (2016)

"The further Antibirth drifts from [Sevigny's] crude magnetism and toward a Cronenberg-lite vision of Lou's rapid, worryingly transformative pregnancy, the less compelling it becomes." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Don't Breathe (2016)

"So inventive for its first hour, Don't Breathe strains credulity the longer this goes on. By the time the credits roll, you might find yourself breathing a sigh of relief for all the wrong reasons." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Aug 25, 2016

The Seventh Fire (2016)

"There are no teary-eyed breakdowns or moments of grand revelation in The Seventh Fire, just an utter lack of hope for a better future." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Aug 18, 2016

Ben-Hur (2016)

"It ... stands as one of the season's better studio releases." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (2016)

"An admiring documentary that wisely lets Linklater do most of the talking in his plainspoken, unpretentious manner." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Aug 3, 2016

Tallulah (2016)

"A maternal character study that loses its way as it tries, like several key characters, to be something it isn't." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 27, 2016

Gleason (2016)

"Tweel's approach is no-frills, with much of the footage having been shot by Gleason and his wife Michel. This is wise: The story itself is so wrenching that any attempt to gussy it up would run the risk of feeling overwrought, even manipulative." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jul 26, 2016

The President (2016)

"Makhmalbaf makes you feel the enormity of the President's loss of self even if you don't actually feel for him." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2016

Lucha Mexico (2016)

"The film's most worthy detour is into the history and personal significance of masks." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 12, 2016

De Palma (2016)

"Doesn't hold us to the same exacting standards De Palma would." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016

The Shallows (2016)

"The shark movie we never knew we needed." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016

The Neon Demon (2016)

"The Neon Demon is about as deep as a puddle, but the image it reflects back is so mesmeric you may stare so long you fall in." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted Jul 6, 2016

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016)

"Gondry has always worn his heart on his sleeve, which remains endearing - especially when he shows that he still has a few more tricks left up it." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 29, 2016

Les Cowboys (2016)

"The strange, ever-changing result is, at times, as original as loose remakes come, with Bidegain using his hallowed source material as a springboard for something rare: a "writer's movie" that loses nothing in the jump from script to screen." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 22, 2016

Breaking A Monster (2016)

"You keep waiting for these kids to be exploited, of course, and what's made it onscreen confirms the impression you'll probably already have - that they signed a major deal not expecting to be subject to executives' whims with little agency of their own." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 20, 2016

Tickled (2016)

"Inspires many laughs throughout but, true to its subject, more and more of them are born of discomfort as it goes on -- part of you wants it all to stop even as you're amused." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 15, 2016

Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016)

"You might not want to live here, but the imagery makes for a nice postcard." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Traded (2016)

"Traded quickly becomes a "dad saves his daughter from villainous exploiters" tale, complete with saloon shootouts, decades-old vendettas, and a lack of any real agency for the missing girl herself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016
No Score Yet

Szindbád (Sinbad) (1971)

"The greatest pleasures here are sensory, with arresting cutaways to flora, fauna, and worn photographs giving the impression of a surreal forerunner to the likes of Terrence Malick and Werner Herzog." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 7, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"The Turtles' place in today's superhero landscape is an odd one, operating somewhere ibetween Marvel's streamlined efficiency and DC's foreboding inconsistency. Out of the Shadows tries to incorporate elements of both and ends up a soupy mess." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Jun 1, 2016

The Wailing (Goksung) (2016)

"Both a high-minded zombie flick and a visceral lament for broken family bonds." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 31, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"The rare comic-book film that, like its antagonist, absorbs the knowledge of its lesser peers and inspires a few moments of genuine awe." ‐ City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Posted May 25, 2016

Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015)

"Like Kafka by way of Apichatpong Weerasethakul ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 18, 2016

Almost Holy (Crocodile Gennadiy) (2016)

"Almost Holy has the feel of following an embedded journalist on one of those raw, ground-level views of a problem you'd never considered before but now, by virtue of good reporting, feels urgent and alive." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 17, 2016

The Lobster (2016)

"The Lobster is Lanthimos's first English-language film - Kinetta, Dogtooth, and Alps were all in his native Greek - but no aspect of his sensibility has been lost in translation." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016

Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)

"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." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 11, 2016

Sin Alas (2015)

"Sin Alas matches the half-awake feeling evoked by Luis's ruminations - on love, on Cuba's history, and on himself - well enough to feel authentic even when it meanders too far from what makes it most compelling." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 4, 2016

Mother's Day (2016)

"It's fine that the makeshift trilogy (please, let it only be a trilogy) is a simple-minded ode to love meant to send everyone home happy. So why doesn't it actually send anyone home happy?" ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 30, 2016

Pali Road (2016)

"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." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 27, 2016

A Hologram for the King (2016)

"Even when A Hologram for a King rests on shaky narrative ground (which is often), Tykwer's confidently frenetic presentation and a host of surreal grace notes lend it a sense of urgency that keeps us on our toes, if not the edge of our seats." ‐ TheWrap
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Men & Chicken (Mænd & høns) (2016)

"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." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 21, 2016

Hostile Border (Pocha: Manifest Destiny) (2016)

"Co-directors Dwyer and Kaitlin McLaughlin prove more adept at the first act's low-key character building than the action-movie showdowns they're building toward, but Claudia's use of a makeshift flamethrower late in the game is an unexpected joy." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 15, 2016

13 Cameras (2016)

"The film inspires almost no feeling at all - even the Friday the 13th movies bother giving the bad guy a backstory." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 14, 2016

Mad Tiger (2016)

"Yellow and Red in particular don't hesitate to show that there's real pain behind their personas. Some costumes are for fun, but others are uniforms projecting a level of self-confidence that otherwise wouldn't exist." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Apr 6, 2016

Kill Your Friends (2016)

"Turning the sociopathic cynicism up to eleven tends to be ineffective unless wit and insight are included in the mix." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 28, 2016

Fastball (2016)

"[Stands] as further testament to baseball's status as our most chess-like sport, and one that, even when broken down to its tiniest component parts, never loses its magic." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 21, 2016
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