Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 538 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Charlotte's Web
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 538
538 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The melody may be as old as the Bible, but The Song could have benefited from a fresher voice.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A plodding comic caper that fails to deliver.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Gratingly unfunny groaner littered with zero-dimensional, unlikable characters and hackneyed, threadbare comic setups.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With the exception of a decent train-top chase, Torque is all vroom and no action.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The results might make for some swell production stills, but as a motion picture, Teknolust never really makes it alive out of Hershman's head.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A limp sex comedy about men behaving badly.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In terms of inspiration or even the slightest shred of ingenuity, Banks ranks more like an 000 than an 007.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    By the time they're done with all the tinkering, "Scooby-Doo" ends up bearing as much a resemblance to Hanna-Barbera as the recent "Cat in the Hat" did to Dr. Seuss.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A dysfunctional drama.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    May have been adapted the 1996 French film "L'Appartement," but pretty much all evidence of what was once an engaging psychodrama has been lost in the translation.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    David Hubbard's script is so steeped in sludgy sentimentality that the film's early hints of quirkiness quickly give way to heavy-handed faith healing.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Along comes Elektra to effectively lower the bar for Marvel Comics page-to-screen transitions.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An examination of a sexual relationship that's about as viscerally explicit as hardcore can get...But as satisfying viewing experiences go, the film comes up mighty short in terms of story, interesting characters and technical prowess.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An entirely dispensable, soapy caricature of a love story that comes complete with a jukebox full of music industry cliches plus Ashlee Simpson's big feature film debut.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Smultaneously silly, ostentatious and terribly boring.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A disappointingly dreary affair.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Essentially a telenovela with cinematic pretensions, La Mujer de Mi Hermano (My Brother's Wife) is a vapid slab of soap depicting a love triangle among three remarkably uninteresting characters.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Once the initial round of breast-feeding and rectal thermometer bits is fired off, the picture starts to give off the funky whiff of unattended Pampers.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Sharing its title with a historic Reno hotel that's seen better days (or maybe not), El Cortez is a clumsy lump of ponderous pulp fiction with "Cooler" aspirations.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A misconceived washout of a darkly gothic story of madness, addiction and child abuse made all the more unpleasant by Gilliam's trademark intense visual style.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There are a couple clever touches here and there, including one sequence in which the end of a candy cane has been carefully licked into a highly lethal weapon, but for the most part the accompanying histrionics feel more regressive than retro.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A tepid ghost story filled with all the usual things that go bump in the night minus the somewhat crucial element of suspense, this bland effort from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House Pictures is surprisingly devoid of the creepy, claustrophobic atmospherics that haunt the brothers' Asian work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    At best a kitschy "Catch Me If You Can" and at worst a tedious comedy that grows more tiresome by every self-consciously irreverent minute.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The star wattage quickly dims in this slick-looking but ringingly hollow affair that starts off generically at best before collapsing into a convoluted heap of shrill screen cliches.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Proves to be more prone to malfunction than dysfunction.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Any scrap of charm or honest-to-goodness humor already possessed in limited quantities by the original has been relegated to the outhouse in this sorry follow-up.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The most appreciative audience for this lame National Lampoon release likely will be guys in tour buses.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Easily the worst in a trilogy that has been notable mainly for the presence of its everyman action star, Transporter 3 is a nonsensical, choppily edited bore, with awful dialogue.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Strictly old hat -- and a poorly assembled hat at that.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite its high-profile cast and a sizable marketing push from distributor Summit Entertainment, audiences won't require any paranormal powers of their own to realize they've seen this one before.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The end product is surprisingly charmless -- a shrill "Devil Wears Prada"/"Bridget Jones"/"Sex and the City" knockoff that keeps threatening to fall apart at the seams.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's like being trapped for an hour-and-a-half in a pound full of yappy puppies.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An unmitigated B-movie that isn't thrilling enough or cheesy enough to make it worth the trip.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the Tarantino influence still is tangible, this time around Duffy reveals himself to also be a big Francis Ford Coppola fan, but the cartoonish end result plays like "Godfather III" meets the Three Stooges.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Comprising reclaimed bits from "Blade Runner," "A Clockwork Orange" and "Children of Men" and glibly served up with hyper Guy Ritchie attitude by first-time feature director Miguel Sapochnik, the resulting in-your-face mess never knows what it wants to be when it grows up.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The back-to-the-beginning approach unimaginatively goes through the motions, offering scant justification for its boring existence, at least from an artistic point of view.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The production is over-stuffed with cutesy split screens, jarring dream sequences and a pushy score by Bright Eyes band members Nathaniel Walcott and Mike Mogis that succeed in dragging the proceedings from merely cloying to increasingly annoying.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Never gets off the ground, trotting out the same predictable twisting heads and psycho-babble without a whiff of originality or discernible visual flair. As a result, the would-be thriller proves as scary and unsettling as a slab of devil's food cake - only considerably less satisfying.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Presumably a glib attack on sanctimonious small-town religious hypocrisy informed by Black's own strict Mormon upbringing, the film is tonally all over the place, eventually settling in a rut that comes a lot closer to resembling bad camp than edgy satire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite relocating across the pond to the esteemed British Museum, the creaky Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb fails to capitalize on the comic potential provided by that change of venue.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An unholy mess co-produced by Cameron's faith-based Camfam Studios.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Inept on every level, Panic 5 Bravo is a virtually unwatchable, blood-soaked crime drama serving as the writing-directing debut of actor Kuno Becker.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Witless, excessive and ultimately boring gore-a-thon.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A crass, sophomoric and, more to the point, offensively unfunny parody that sets out to remake Shaft and his blaxploitation ilk as a Jewish action hero.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Loud, mean-spirited and generally obnoxious, Son of the Mask makes the boisterous 1994 original look downright demure and refined.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's absolutely nothing fantastic or transporting about London, an endlessly ponderous relationship picture that also has zilch to do with the British city.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An acutely misguided, purported satire dealing with the prickly subject of child molestation.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2."
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A monumentally unfunny time-waster.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's all quite a mess, with awkward performances, worse dialogue and a painfully protracted running time conspiring against any chance of enjoyment, even in a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure way.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    D-grade "Running Man" ripoff.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The result is a slacker comedy that goes slacker by the second, trying hard to be rude and crude but suggesting an old John Candy-Dan Aykroyd movie with bongs and more swearing.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This ridiculous thriller would be hard-pressed to last much longer than its title in theaters before doing time on DVD, as is already the case in many overseas territories.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Tediously one-note comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the absence of a sturdy, plausible foundation on which to hook all those grisly bits, the film, originally a Dimension release, tends to play out more like a protracted "Saw" outtake reel.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A cliched, talky variation on the 1936 Bogie classic "The Petrified Forest," with scant dramatic tension but gallons of spilled blood on the menu.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Every bit as frantic, frenetic, groan-inducing and all around grating as its two predecessors.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Has the crass look and feel of a 90-minute infomercial.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    One of those rare instances of a movie being so bad ... it's still really bad.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This crass drag of a dud at best manages to elicit just a couple of half-hearted chuckles over the course of its 80-minute allotment.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Overlong, over-the-top dirge.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."
    • 16 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's a fresh candidate in the running for worst movie of 2007 honors.

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