For 504 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Kinsey
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 504
504 movie reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Up
    Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, the gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ron Howard and Russell Crowe bring the Braddock story to vivid life in a superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The latest installment could well be Romero's masterpiece. Taking full advantage of state-of-the-art makeup and visual effects, he has a more vivid canvas at his disposal, not to mention two decades worth of pent-up observations about American society.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An achingly eloquent rumination.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The endearingly enduring 1952 E.B. White novel about friendship and salvation, has been turned into a beautifully rendered motion picture that's full of warmth, wit and wonder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This over-the-top, ultraviolent, hyperkinetic action thriller pretty much has it all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With writer-director del Toro given free license to go where his singular vision takes him, Hellboy II plays like Guillermo's Greatest Hits with even hotter visual effects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    One of the year's most satisfying films.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Key to the remake's ultimate success is the casting of the troubled young leads.Smit-McPhee and Moretz possess the soulful depth and pre-adolescent vulnerability necessary to keep it compellingly real.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s a non-stop blast from beginning to end, jam-packed with a wacky irreverence, dazzling state-of-the-art CGI (courtesy of Animal Logic) and a pitch-perfect voice cast headed by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A piercingly funny, twisted "whatever-happens-in-Vegas" caper.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Raimi's still very much up to his old tricks, retaining that deliriously over-the-top brand of Grand Guignol horror that he had abandoned by the mid-'90s in pursuit of other genres.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Firing on all cylinders as a creepy thriller, police procedural and "All the President's Men"-style investigative newsroom drama, the smart, extremely vivid production oozes period authenticity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent cannily recasts 1972's "Deliverance" as a female-bonding thriller with some "Hills Have Eyes"-style mutant terror tossed in for truly harrowing effect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    To pull this kind of thing off you need exceptional performances, and the two leads rise commandingly to the challenge. Wilson, best known for his work in the screen version of "The Phantom of the Opera" and HBO's "Angels in America," keeps his true colors effectively muted throughout the bulk of their face-off, but it is Page who astonishes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affectionate and intimate celebration of the acclaimed troubadour in stirring music and words.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It didn't seem possible, but Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man and company might just have cooked up a sequel that's even wilder, funnier, extra-depraved and more gag-inducing than the seemingly incomparable "Jackass the Movie."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fascinating documentary with a high entertainment quotient thanks to the fact that the film's surviving subjects prove to be some of the most articulate, not to mention wittiest, octogenarians around.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The outrageously hilarious For Your Consideration was well worth the wait. Again delivered with comic precision by Guest's crack repertory company, his patented brand of parody takes affectionate but deadly aim at its awards buzz mania target and the results aren't just funny, they're face-hurting funny.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Demanding but deeply affecting, My Flesh and Blood ultimately takes on a literal, highly visceral meaning that transcends notions of conventional family dynamics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Factoring in Mike Eley's breathtakingly vivid photography and a virtuoso sound mix that completely envelops the viewer, it's enough to make you never again want to poke your head into the freezer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Outstanding, entirely unique father-son portrait.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The production is graced by bold performances, lyrical visuals and, most notably, Irving's own words, which have made the transition quite intact thanks to a faithful but still filmic adaptation by writer-director Tod Williams.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon, achieving the neat trick of remaining faithful to the spirit of the book while at the same time being true to its cinematic self.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed more by the Brothers Grimm than Norman Rockwell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.