Michael Ordona

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For 30 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Ordona's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 53
Highest review score: 90 Splice
Lowest review score: 0 Saw 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
30 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    What results is an emotional appeal that highlights a grave problem but doesn’t give the viewer the scientific, factual foundation to be completely convinced. The film also doesn’t offer solutions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Ordona
    One suspects Inside the Rain is a labor of love. One wishes its makers would have let us in enough to love it as well.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    Dosed works best as a purely anecdotal, personal chronicle of a friend’s struggle with addiction therapies. It is not recommended as a substitute for scientific conclusions.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    The story is struck from a familiar template: inactive protagonist, dead parent, worries about popularity, a regional competition looming. But the film distinguishes itself from there, largely due to the direction of “Fast Color’s” Julia Hart.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    Perhaps the slickly made documentary overstates the cultural impact of a little-seen and widely disliked film. However, it earns points for scraping at the surface of something rarely discussed in film fandom — homosexuality in horror.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    The film is well-intentioned and rooted in harrowing real-life stories. Unfortunately, it’s made in the style of British television, with cinematic clichés that telegraph outcomes. The heavy-handed use of music, in particular, is intrusive.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    The gags are often better in theory than practice.
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    • 30 Michael Ordona
    Apparently, at least 400 women fought as men during the Civil War, but the perplexing Union is not the exploration they deserve.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    Interesting and timely, The Red Sea Diving Resort highlights the plight of refugees and casts those helping them in a heroic light, but it doesn’t quite deliver dramatically.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Ordona
    Sometimes the cheekiness works and sometimes the empowerment theme feels forced.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    The film, based on Romain Puértolas’ novel, has clever touches and is consistently engaging, if meandering.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    The film gets laughs from a script emphasizing Steve’s awkwardness and the soundtrack’s use of ’80s power ballads. Of course, nothing in it is as endearing as the birds themselves. The mere sight of their fat bodies waddling across the ice gets the warmest response of all.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    Highwaymen captures, through the eyes of common people, the perceived rebel spirit that made the couple folk heroes during the Great Depression. It establishes through wardrobe and production design how rough that era was. It’s not just a setting; it’s a grim and desperate worldview.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Ordona
    It’s light on the science and heavy on the action.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Ordona
    The dialogue is often stiff, the action and plotting unlikely, making the romance hard to swallow. The appealing Uddin and Raymonde do generate enough chemistry in their fleeting time together to keep the proposition afloat.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    The action is violent and improbable but not staged with particular pizazz.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Michael Ordona
    The enjoyment one wants from GIs fighting these creatures is stunted by the film’s lack of energy and imagination.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Ordona
    There's also no point in paying the 3-D ticket price for occasional bits of gristle flying your way, or blurry action shots. Whereas the first "Saw" got marks for originality, the filmmakers have so lost their fastballs that this one's extreme gore provokes either laughter or sleep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    Doesn't offer moviegoers one obvious message, but rather a complex and considered glimpse into a rarely seen world, one of utter absurdity and horror.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Ordona
    Only 97 minutes but feels much longer. It suffers from a marked lack of energy, a condition not cured by its many, many pop-music-scored montages.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Ordona
    The subject is absorbing, but the lack of differentiation in dramatic levels makes the film feel longer than its 126 minutes.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Ordona
    You don't go to this film for Sorkinesque repartee; you go for the world's longest chainsaw, or equal-opportunity genital mutilations, or very, very long bludgeonings. And here they are, in buckets.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Ordona
    For most, there will be no adrenaline rush from fear or thrill, or vicarious release from seeing tormentors tormented; one leaves feeling sad. Sad that this is what "entertainment" has come to. Come on, filmmakers. Can't you do better?
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Ordona
    (A)beautifully shot, fascinating film.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Ordona
    If you're interested in this movie, it's because you love either seeing zombies explode (check), the video games (major character included, check) or Jovovich kicking undead butt in every conceivable way (check and mate).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Ordona
    In its mix are ethical quandaries in biotechnology, nature versus nurture and an adorable-sexy-disturbing monster. So there's that. But it wins best in show by focusing on one of the weirder relationship triangles in recent memory.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Michael Ordona
    Chain Letter is a nonsensical, bloody mess that, well, is missing a few links.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Ordona
    The flesh-and-blood protagonists are powerful, driven people caught in a riptide.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Ordona
    The film of Howl, like its source material, is undeniably brave, committed and inventive.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Ordona
    That rare zombie movie with actual scares.

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