Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 601 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 80 out of 601
601 movie reviews
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's a veil of artifice clinging to every aspect of The Lovers, a thoroughly unconvincing time-traveling epic costume drama pairing a miscast Josh Hartnett and Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite Presswell's evident enthusiasm, the tediously talky, dramatically stilted results offer conclusive evidence that mastering suspense requires artistic skill beyond sampling the Master of Suspense.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Me
    The comedy isn’t so much sharply observed as it is obvious and obnoxious.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The arty visual effects, backed by a soundtrack of ambient noise, may recall the experimental work of early practitioners such Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger, but the ponderous, headache-inducing results do the story and the actors no favors.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's like being trapped for an hour-and-a-half in a pound full of yappy puppies.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An unmitigated B-movie that isn't thrilling enough or cheesy enough to make it worth the trip.
    • 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.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Get past the wince-inducing premise of Helicopter Mom...and you're still stuck with a forced comedy that mines uneasy humor from stale stereotypes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Along comes Elektra to effectively lower the bar for Marvel Comics page-to-screen transitions.
    • 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.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    For anyone who's not a Francophone tween girl, the film likely will be a tedious, precious exercise in indulgence.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A disappointingly dreary affair.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    One just wishes that the filmmakers had made this a more open debate on religion versus science instead of a documentary that too often feels manipulatively Machiavellian in its presentation of all those "irrefutable" facts and findings.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    By the time the film reaches a faith-based, third-act crescendo, Bean, Walsh and company, despite their best efforts, look like they know they've been beaten, while the score's mournful strings wring out whatever pathos remains untapped.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An unholy mess co-produced by Cameron's faith-based Camfam Studios.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An acutely misguided, purported satire dealing with the prickly subject of child molestation.
    • 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.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Every bit as frantic, frenetic, groan-inducing and all around grating as its two predecessors.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A monumentally unfunny time-waster.

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