Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 736 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Kinsey
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
736 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This over-the-top, ultraviolent, hyperkinetic action thriller pretty much has it all.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fascinating, skillfully assembled chronicle of the rise and inevitable fallout surrounding the granddaddy of the environmental activism movement.
    • 83 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An achingly eloquent rumination.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    One of the year's most satisfying films.
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    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An extraordinarily moving, deeply personal, filmed diary
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A piercingly funny, twisted "whatever-happens-in-Vegas" caper.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affectionate and intimate celebration of the acclaimed troubadour in stirring music and words.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis.
    • 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
    Twinsters is a lively — and quite lovely — take on contemporary notions of family and identity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Beginning with a gentle lullaby and ending with a tightly packed wallop, Goodnight Mommy is one viscerally chilling, seriously unsettling horror film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Expertly playing with our preconceived notions, Granik's multidimensional portrait also serves as a telling state-of-the-union address, as seen through the caring eyes of her philosophical main subject.
    • 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."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The term "inspirational" gets bandied about a lot, but Becoming Bulletproof is thoroughly deserving of that tag.
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    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A breathtakingly immersive travelogue that packs a persuasive environmental undercurrent.
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    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Employing a restless, constantly moving camera and deliberately isolating soundscapes, the meditative and often mesmerizing film confronts the global issue of swelling immigration in the face of steely bureaucratic indifference with a disarming grace and palpable humanity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Just when you thought you had seen every permutation of the “making of a band” documentary, along comes Breaking a Monster, a thoroughly engaging portrait of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal outfit composed of African American middle schoolers.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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