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

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Only You (2015)

"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." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 21, 2015
A 97%

Tangerine (2015)

"Baker gives a more ground-level view of Los Angeles than in any other movie in recent years." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Jul 16, 2015

Alleluia (2015)

"Violent in its beauty and beautiful in its violence." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Stung (2015)

"It delights in its own stupidity the way a dog rolls in dirt, but is nearly as difficult to get mad at after it muddies up the rug." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jul 2, 2015

The Midnight Swim (2015)

"In her debut feature, Smith is careful to toe the line between skepticism and belief, never allowing us to fully dismiss or embrace the mystic elements." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jun 23, 2015
B- 72%

The Nightmare (2015)

"It takes longer for The Nightmare's larger point to emerge. When it does, it's chilling." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Jun 19, 2015

Aloft (2015)

"Ambitious aesthetics aren't matched by Llosa's overly opaque approach; what's meant to seem artfully understated most often results in confusion over basic details." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 19, 2015
B+ 87%

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

"Kumiko is gorgeously shot and scored, with a dreamlike ambience and slow-burning narrative that vacillates between beautiful and unsettling." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted May 13, 2015
B- 93%

Ex Machina (2015)

"Ex Machina is a fine update to the artificial-intelligence genre, but it's made almost entirely of pre-existing parts." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted May 13, 2015

Where Hope Grows (2015)

"Writer-director Chris Dowling handles [the] worrisome premise with a more even hand than this genre's ill-advised predecessors ..." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 12, 2015

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015)

"The 100-Year-Old Man's equal-opportunity irreverence doesn't often translate to cleverness." ‐ Village Voice
Posted May 5, 2015
No Score Yet

Wa-shoku: Beyond Sushi (2015)

"Has the feel of a State of the Union for devotees, while also serving as an introduction to washoku culture for outsiders." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Apr 22, 2015

Amour Fou (2015)

"Its contemplative musings and understated beauty contribute to an oddly immersive rhythm that, once established, is easy to get lost in." ‐ Vice
Posted Mar 18, 2015

Metalhead (2015)

"The film deftly marries the essence of the music to a moving coming-of-age framework." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 17, 2015

Earth's Golden Playground (2015)

"The pacing may sometimes feel glacial but, as with the gold we eventually see harvested, the payoff proves worth the effort." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015

Champs (2015)

"The latest boxing documentary is at its best when it isn't really about boxing." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 10, 2015

It Follows (2015)

"As kind to its audience as it is to its characters." ‐ Vice
Posted Mar 5, 2015

Young Bodies Heal Quickly (2015)

"It isn't quite sustainable as far as crafting a narrative goes, but it is admirable." ‐ Vice
Posted Mar 5, 2015

Wild Canaries (2015)

"Levine deftly toes the seriocomic line, making us sure nothing underhanded has actually occurred in one scene and making us question that certainty in the next." ‐ Vice
Posted Mar 5, 2015

R100 (2015)

"Matsumoto stamps his lurid creation as inappropriate for all audiences under the age of 100 - which some will consider sound advice." ‐ OZY
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B- 61%

Maps to the Stars (2015)

"Cronenberg doesn't pull any punches in his excoriation of this world, but he doesn't provide much revelatory insight either." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Mar 5, 2015
B- 68%

All The Wilderness (2015)

"The material is undeniably shopworn, but Johnson's spin on it is low-key and vivid." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Mar 5, 2015

Allure (2015)

"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." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Mar 3, 2015

The Hunting Ground (2015)

"The subject matter may not lend itself to an overtly ambitious aesthetic, but a film about individuals who refuse to be silenced could stand to take a few more chances itself." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 24, 2015

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015)

"Free of studio meddling, Lee gets to wallow in the excessive violence and comedy typical of an old grindhouse film." ‐ Vice
Posted Feb 10, 2015

The Duke Of Burgundy (2015)

"Strickland's skill is in how quickly he normalizes the proceedings, neither condescending to his characters nor using their inclinations for cheap laughs." ‐ Vice
Posted Feb 10, 2015

The Tribe (2015)

"A uniquely riveting experience sure to inspire an array of reactions-speechlessness included." ‐ Vice
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Blackhat (2015)

"The kind of movie film theorists could only dream about a century ago." ‐ Vice
Posted Feb 10, 2015
No Score Yet

Chuang ru zhe (2014)

"A deeply unsettling exploration of the links between personal and national trauma." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Backcountry (2015)

"The vicarious thrills of getting lost in the cinematic wilderness have apparently yet to be exhausted." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Unbroken (2014)

"They say that living well is the best revenge; in Unbroken, simply surviving is." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Into the Woods (2014)

"The entire third act feels like a tacked-on verse that has no place in the finished song. " ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Selma (2015)

"DuVernay says she doesn't like typical historical dramas, and it shows." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Big Eyes (2014)

"Perhaps the worst insult that can be lobbed at Tim Burton's Big Eyes is that it bears little sign of actually having been directed by Tim Burton." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014)

"Broomfield takes all involved to task for their (mis)handling of the case in this dispiriting portrait of a cast-aside community. " ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

A Most Violent Year (2015)

"Chandor charts the moral decline accompanying financial gain with weary-eyed aplomb. " ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Winter Sleep (2014)

"The actual narrative may sometimes trudge along like a traveler braving a blizzard without snowshoes, but Ceylan makes the smallest of moments feel like apocalyptic harbingers." ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Inherent Vice (2015)

"A welcome return to the filmmaker's late '90s style; unlike his far grimmer recent output, here the occasionally overpraised writer-director is at his best counterbalancing the bleak with the bizarre. " ‐ OZY
Posted Feb 10, 2015

Lovesick (2014)

"LeBlanc and Larter carry the day with a spectrum of charm missing from too many entries in this shaky, persistent genre." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Feb 3, 2015
B- 80%

Black Sea (2015)

"Macdonald is a fine captain himself, particularly when it comes to the more visceral thrills. But he could have stood to cut the screed against the fat cats who line their pockets with dollars earned by the workingman." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Jan 30, 2015

Northern Borders (2015)

"Sad family secrets abound on the secluded homestead in Jay Craven's adaptation of the novel by Frank Mosher, and though these mini-revelations go a long way ... it doesn't make their complicated dynamic much more involving." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 13, 2015
B+ 90%

Norte, the End of History (2014)

"Diaz roots his film in the quotidian so as to make it all the more noticeable when he reaches for the transcendent, a lofty goal he frequently achieves." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Jan 10, 2015

The World Made Straight (2015)

"That's an intriguing question about life and fate, albeit one this film - about a chance discovery setting off an old vendetta - doesn't fully see through." ‐ Village Voice
Posted Jan 7, 2015
B+ 59%

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

"There's finally a genuine sense of breathless urgency to the concluding chapter, which pits man against dwarf against elf against orc in an elegantly crafted, altogether glorious skirmish for supremacy over the Lonely Mountain" ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Dec 17, 2014
C- 27%

Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

"As with most epics, there are a lot of speeches and dead horses -- all in needless 3D -- but not enough genuine emotion to actually make any of it feel, well, epic." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Dec 17, 2014

Uzumasa Limelight (2014)

"None of this goes down with any real verve, though Kamiyama's wrinkled face is a small marvel of expressivity." ‐ L.A. Weekly
Posted Dec 3, 2014
B+ 81%

The Homesman (2014)

"Jones captures stark and disturbing moments with a matter-of-factness that's neither overstated nor flippantly casual. It's no revelation that this was a dangerous time and place, and he doesn't treat it as such." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Dec 3, 2014
B+ 86%

Adieu au langage (Goodbye to Language) (2014)

"Unlike anything else you'll see this year." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B- 65%

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)

"Katniss is treated as a pawn when she's clearly a queen, her image constantly co-opted by entities beyond her control trying to use it for their own ends. No wonder Lawrence plays her so well." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Nov 20, 2014
B- 79%

The Theory of Everything (2014)

"Anyone who's seen Errol Morris' expressionistic documentary on Hawking knows a conventional approach isn't ideal for the ALS-afflicted genius-which isn't to say James Marsh's new film doesn't succeed on its own more modest terms." ‐ Willamette Week
Posted Nov 19, 2014