Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 593 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 2.2 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: 75 out of 593
593 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This smartly assembled wake-up call concerning the nation's lousy spending habits proves to be as unexpectedly spirited as it is dispiriting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Falling closer in tone to "Shaun of the Dead" than "28 Days Later" or the George Romero movies, Zombieland has its tongue planted firmly in its rancid cheek while still delivering the visceral goodies.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Had Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes collaborated on a movie populated by Disney Channel superstars, the result might have looked and sounded a lot like Todd Graff's Bandslam. And that's meant as a compliment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Gervais and Robinson take what might have been a cute concept comedy and elevate it to delicious heights.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The beautifully acted serio-comedy takes a potentially smirky premise -- a chance dirty phone call between an introverted writer and a persuasive mystery woman becomes a meaningful long-distance relationship -- and turns it into something that really reaches out and touches you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Nimbly blending comedy and action -- with an affectionate slo-mo nod to John Woo -- McKay does his best work to date here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The kind of film that makes a truly lasting impression despite its brevity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Goes a long way in bringing sexy back to a soggy genre, benefiting greatly from the presence of its likable leads.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Not since Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up in "The Other Guys" has an onscreen pairing proved as comically rewarding as the inspired partnership of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As inspirational pieces go, the journey taken by the affable Tubbs proves hard to resist, even as the film, in its hustle to get to the finish line, occasionally prevents viewers from feeling this underdog story's emotional victories.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Magical Universe is a tender portrait of the artist as a weirdly gifted, wildly prolific and strange man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A curious documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry that makes interesting observations about contemporary thrill seekers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film puts a brave, much-adored face on a disease that has touched so many families.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the documentary can feel like a volunteer instructional video at times, the faces on those who have fallen through the cracks in the system speak volumes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although formulaic to a fault, this French film directed by Nicolas Cuche packs a charming effervescence thanks to the easy chemistry of appealing leads Max Boublil and Aïssa Maïga.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A poignant documentary about the transformative power of art.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like any well-researched piece worth its weight in MSG, the documentary uses food as an angle to something else: a look at immigration and at a melting pot stirred by prejudice and persecution, later seasoned with adaptation, innovation and acceptance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Each sequence is masterfully calibrated for maximum lip-quivering effect, swelling strings and all.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Sean McNamara's film is impressively buoyed by a cast of young newcomers and seasoned pros.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jude Law makes for an effective rogue submarine captain in "Black Sea," a fittingly immersive thriller, tautly directed by Kevin MacDonald.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [A] stirring, tenderly observed French documentary
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    When it plays to its strengths, the film, like the band, mines pure '80s gold.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This energetic film satisfyingly brings viewers up to speed on Newman's remarkably enduring career detour.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It would be hard to imagine a more entertaining corrupt-cop documentary than The Seven Five, a slick and fascinating portrait of disgraced New York policeman Michael Dowd.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The documentary is not so much a call to action as a moving portrait of individuals who devote their lives to understanding the environmental shifts that all too soon might manifest themselves on our own altered shorelines.

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