Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 731 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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Let Me In
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
731 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The picture never successfully comes off the written page.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up having all the satisfying substance of a supermarket impulse item.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A little charm and inventiveness would have gone a long way to tone down some of the picture's more obnoxious impulses.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A beautifully shot (by Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll) but dramatically empty pursuit picture set in the untamed West.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While several members of the cast valiantly fill the void where they can, these fish out of water could have made a greater high-definition splash if they had been thrown an occasional line or two rather than counting on inspiration to wash over them.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Tpicture delivers the requisite number of pratfalls, and the genial Ice Cube makes for a credibly hapless everyman, but the comedy still feels a little too safely soft around the edges.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hartley's kooky cosmopolitan caper can never be accused of slumming, but the shift from dry, offbeat wit to politically charged drama is a little jarring, to say the least; it's a bit like taking in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and having it morph mid-way through into "Shadows and Fog."
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser turn in a pair of sturdy performances, the film itself proves to be a harder sell, especially because it looks and sounds like Mamet but proves to be a flimsy knockoff.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An improvement of sorts over the lifeless 2005 edition.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In its third time out of the gate, Rush Hour 3, reuniting Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, hits the ground stalling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A heartfelt but dramatically flat portrait of a couple grappling with one tragedy whose lives are profoundly affected by the outcome of another.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Less horrific than it is horribly didactic.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    You'd think the team of Rob Reiner, Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman might have had the right stuff. Alas, their labored efforts fail to lift The Bucket List out of its flatlining state.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Heigl is terrific, this uninspired romantic comedy is considerably less so.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jumper proves disappointingly inert. All the state-of-the-art visual effects in the world can't compensate for spotty plotting and bland characters that prevent an intriguing premise from going the distance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This "Living Dead" exercise delivers far less monstrosity and a great deal of pomposity, not to mention dull characters who aren't nearly as lively as those dead guys.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    After a promising start, this quirky comedy falls flat despite Eckhart's best efforts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The picture continuously shuffles moods like tunes on an iPod without ever making any lasting commitments.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jay Lee's grotesque little horror film makes up for in audacity what it might lack in finesse.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Eddie Murphy's amusingly out of this world in this otherwise tired vehicle.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The largely uninspired Clone Wars feels landlocked. In the absence of any extensive innovation, the video game-ready results play more like a feature-length promo for the imminent TV series of the same name than a stand-alone event.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's definitely a workable, reality TV-based angle at the core of Last Stop -- something along the lines of "No Reservations" but with scattered human remains instead of Anthony Bourdain.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the "Terminator" iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A tasteful melodrama courtesy of the easy chemistry between its two leads and a generally restrained touch from Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe in his feature debut.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An awkward mix of proficient 3-D animation, detailed technical recreation and strained storytelling that stalls on takeoff.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's business as usual at Camp Crystal Lake, with very little in the way of fresh jolts or an innovative visual style that would have really revitalized the hokey franchise.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately, the whole seldom adds up to the sum of its illustrious parts, and Jarmusch's trademark deadpan quirks seem to have gotten lost in the translation.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pretty much any sign of creative life gets left out in the cold in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the monotonous, strictly by-the-numbers third edition of the wildly lucrative digitally animated franchise.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's seldom a dull moment -- but nor are there any that allow viewers young or old to invest in its elite team of furry characters to any satisfying or lasting degree despite the presence of an energetic voice cast.

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