Michael Ordoña

Michael Ordoña
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
50% The Last Mercenary (2021) If you're looking for light, silly action fun, you could do worse than "The Last Mercenary." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
88% All the Streets Are Silent: The Convergence of Hip Hop and Skateboarding (1987-1997) (2021) Tries to cram too much into too little space. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
89% Charlatan (2021) Holland... deftly moves the story through its present and past and elicits understated performances throughout the entire cast, all without excessive sentimentality. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
37% Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins" ends up having enough good-time action sequences to make it worth the popcorn money. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
65% How It Ends (2021) The end-of-the-world genre has enjoyed some new beginnings of late. "How It Ends" is one of the more thoughtful and fun of these one-way tickets. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2021
91% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Consider the sequel curse broken: "Fear Street Part 3: 1666" satisfyingly wraps up Netflix's R.L. Stine movie trilogy with deepened themes, more fully realized characters and enjoyable twists that lend dimension to the arching story. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
50% Running Against the Wind (2019) While a title card tells us the film is "inspired by true events," it's hard to find verification of them, or any background for the tale - no matter; where it winds up going isn't extreme enough to be unbelievable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
89% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Its thematic concerns and adding of dimension to the trilogy's story lift it above average genre fare. In this case, the first cut was definitely not the deepest. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
47% The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) It's more of the same, for better or worse, but likely with enough bells and whistles - especially those new characters - to please younger fans. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) The real enjoyment of "1994" is reaching the end and knowing it's still headed somewhere. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) The film lacks slam-bang, signature action sequences that would make it more memorable. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2021
57% Fathom (2021) "Fathom" presumably gets its name from both the watery depths and the attempt to understand these mysterious aquatic mammals, but it doesn't delve deeply enough into either the science or the scientists. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
60% Mary J. Blige's My Life (2021) Where the documentary succeeds most plangently is in its fan testimonials of the album's impact and Blige's emotional recollections of the songs' roots. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
100% Sisters On Track (2021) Viewers likely will find themselves shouting along with Coach Jean during the climactic races: "Go Brooky!" "Go Rainny!" "Go Tai!" - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
71% Against the Current (2021) "Against the Current" is a gem. It's gorgeous in many ways. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
66% Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) There you have it - the meta stuff for adults; the cuteness and slapstick for the kids. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
27% Awake (2021) Raso's touch with score can feel heavy, but he more than makes up for it with honest emotional moments and well-executed plot points. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
No Score Yet Funhouse (2021) The film would have benefited from a compelling villain rather than its peevish, sneering dude dropping wan witticisms... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
90% The Dry (2021) Bana is, as always, a very watchable screen presence; the film is not bad. But there's a spark missing that could make the story burn... - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
61% Profile (2021) "Profile" works on several levels - as a cinematic feat, dual character study, gripping thriller ... and as a cautionary tale. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2021
53% Finding You (2021) But the film forgot to graft a personality onto its protagonist and seems so determined to be PG-clean that sparks between the leads are ... hard to "find." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
98% The Paper Tigers (2021) "Paper Tigers" may not be a deep comment on aging or friendship, but it has enough humor and action to make it worth a few rounds. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
80% Cliff Walkers (2021) The result is twisty and tense, ugly and gorgeous. Viewers will get pretty much what they expect, for worse and for better. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
98% Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2021) The "Demon Slayer" movie is a must for fans. For those boarding late, it will likely be an enjoyable but sometimes confusing ride. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2021
86% Come True (2021) In any genre, a distinct filmmaking voice and clever avoidance of cliches earns a closer look; perhaps even more so in the realm of sci-fi/horror. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
76% Pixie (2021) "Pixie" isn't exactly magical, but amusing enough whenever Cooke's character casts her spell. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
12% The Affair (2021) The multi-decade-spanning drama "The Affair" raises more questions than it answers: Questions such as "Who?" "Which?" "What?" "Where?" and, mostly, "Why?" - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
100% A First Farewell (2018) "A First Farewell" is a gorgeously shot window into a world most of us hadn't looked through before, but it's worth examining the meanings of its images. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
66% Crisis (2021) It feels like research dressed as a drama. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2021
77% Jumbo (2021) So will Jumbo take Jeanne's heart for a ride? And should we object to her sexuality if she's not hurting anyone? These questions, and more, abound in the out-there, but not-like-anything-else-out-there, "Jumbo." - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
92% Days of the Bagnold Summer (2021) It's a truthful and sometimes moving slice of life (and cake) elevated by vivid lead performances. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2021
91% Rams (2021) "Rams" isn't earth-shattering, but real-feeling and engaging, with a strong cast and fine sheep and a good dog. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
90% M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity (2018) It's a welcome trip for those fascinated by his iconic, mind-bending depictions of illusions, evolutions and eternal cycles. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
38% No Man's Land (2021) "No Man's Land" comes out of the blue to comment memorably on the immigration crisis by simply giving human life its due. It's wise and empathetic and worth a watch. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
38% The Marksman (2021) It's a simplistic, closed-loop moral universe in which the major plot thread is tied up too neatly and others are pretty much forgotten. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2021
94% Beautiful Something Left Behind (2020) There are moments of terrible sadness in the film, of course, but also some uplift; if only the experience had more form to it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2021
45% Fatale (2020) Suffice to say, one can see why Swank chose the role and produced the film. It's a different part for her, and it's fun to see her in it. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
30% The Stand In (2020) The movie is Barrymore's, of course. Even after the initial jolt of seeing her as a cursing hellion and an ambitious hanger-on wears off, she does not disappoint. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
36% Ip Man: Kung Fu Master (2020) But where in "Grandmaster" the superhuman feats were related with cinematic poetry, this one's ambitions are expressed in the funny-pages vernacular of a superhero one-knee landing (which does occur in the film). - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
34% Half Brothers (2020) There's much to like about the road-trip comedy "Half Brothers." It's funny, smart, topical and even touching at times. But it's hard to overcome the inescapable rot at its center. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
91% Minor Premise (2020) It's smart and engaging once it gets going and presents a tense, fun labyrinth for viewers to navigate. One just wishes the cheese at the end were more rewarding. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
21% Stardust (2020) When it comes to revealing something new about its subject, "Stardust" sadly lacks insight into the art. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
88% Run (2020) It's not necessarily that the revelations will be all that shocking to jaded moviegoers; it's that we totally buy that they're revelations to her. It's a very promising debut. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
70% Embattled (2020) In "Embattled," the human side feels explored, as if the film could have been made without the MMA scenes and still been a worthwhile watch. But it does have those adrenaline-injecting fights, so ... all the better. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
60% Dreamland (2019) The new Margot Robbie vehicle "Dreamland" seems to be about legends, the price of escape, maybe unreliable narrators - but ends up not saying much about any of them. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
57% Recon (2020) If tension was the filmmakers' aim, they decisively miss - especially if it was meant to come from the puzzlingly casual sniper situation. Any possibility of buying into the story's reality is defused by the soldiers being so dang gabby, and loudly so. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
98% Make Up (2020) It's an insightful, deeply felt film that lets us in on a personal evolution. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
62% The Informer (2020) "The Informer" isn't bad. It's just nothing special. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) It isn't exactly terrifying, but is well-acted and sinister enough to rise (levitate ominously?) above the pack. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) It's metaphorical, vague but also precise in its specificity for the horrific trials these people are to face - their personal hell. - Los Angeles Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020