Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 810 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
810 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Arnold's absence, an important ingredient of the "Terminator" iconography -- namely, the fun factor -- is in short supply.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Apparition Hill is actually a compelling but unnecessarily long-winded sociological study about a group of adults recruited to watch for signs and wonders in a small village in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While visually engaging, this production of Disneytoon Studios -- it was originally slated to go direct-to-DVD -- lacks the sort of character depth and dramatic scope normally associated with the Pixar brand.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Feels anonymously generic and charmlessly mechanical.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The drama gets stuck in a dispiritingly dull rut and fails to build toward what is supposed to be a something of a crowd-rousing triumph over adversity.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Eddie Murphy's amusingly out of this world in this otherwise tired vehicle.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The end product is a standard-issue cult drama that nevertheless has its gripping moments thanks mainly to the presence of Emma Watson.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Shades of "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Chocolat" -- but unlike the latter's tender Juliette Binoche-Johnny Depp romance, the ordained Rai-McDermott union fails to generate any convincing heat, and no amount of cardamom pods or lotus root is going to help.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A charming supporting cast fails to invigorate Goodbye to All That, a relentlessly flat seriocomic take on contemporary relationships.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film, both in scope and tone, has a downsized vibe that would have made it a much better fit on an ABC Family than in a movie theater.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A Spanish-language black comedy with a frenetic style that plays out like regurgitated Tarantino and Guy Ritchie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A film that would have been more potent had it been a 40-minute short rather than a feature-length proposition.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A wobbly comedy-drama.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This wannabe daring comedy about a man who attempts to "fix" the Special Olympics strains for that patented naughty and nice balance with squirmingly squishy results.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The whole package, with its bizarre fondness for slow motion, feels correspondingly sluggish. All the components are here, but A Faster Horse cries out for more dynamic performance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What could have been a biting black comedy taking product placement to the logical extreme instead is so obviously predictable that even a savvy cast led by David Duchovny and Demi Moore can't sell it.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    For a while there, Mathieu Kassovitz's atmospherically charged direction sucks the viewer into the story's hellish vortex. That is until the film becomes possessed by an increasingly ludicrous beyond-the-grave element from which there is no rational return.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the resulting tonal shifts between funny and serious aren't always executed as seamlessly as they might be, Khoury deserves props for defying rom-com conventions more often than he succumbs to them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately unsatisfying.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up having all the satisfying substance of a supermarket impulse item.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While its flaws are considerable, the Holocaust-themed thriller Remember benefits mightily from a quietly commanding Christopher Plummer performance that almost makes you forget the wonky plot logic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the juvenile performances are bright and engaging, and there's no shortage of genuinely humorous observations about love and life in the Big Apple, there's an inescapable small-screen dynamic to the scope and rhythm of the production.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    All three actors turn in solid, committed performances despite physically limiting surroundings, even as you're left with the inescapable feeling that this raft has sailed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    When there's a whole mess of zombie killing to be done, who cares about reflective writing or that time-wasting element of suspense?
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An initially intriguing plot line makes a messy getaway in this throwback heist movie.

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