Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 818 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Wanted
Lowest review score: 0 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
818 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Thanks to Martin and Hunt, who both have a seemingly casual flair for mining laughs from even the most generic lines of dialogue, Cheaper by the Dozen works better than it might have in less capable hands, but even they're challenged by some of the picture's forced mood swings.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In a way, the film ultimately gets snagged in its own contraption.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the lazily self-satisfied results, his (Sandler) aging fan base likely will come along for the lackadaisical ride.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Definitely acquired-taste material and will perform best in the hipper, bigger rooms.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While there are plenty of madcap antics to fill a feature, all that manic energy ultimately proves to be more exhausting than exhilarating.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the labors of leads Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, there's no screen magic being made here.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Walking With Dinosaurs takes rewarding advantage of a much bigger budget and state-of-the-art technology to bring its impressive collection of Cretaceous creatures to vivid life. But while the walking part’s pretty impressive, the talking part — not so much.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A blandly generic family film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Definitely has its amusing moments, but ultimately all that improvised shtick gets mighty tired without any real break in the nonaction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A thoroughly uninspiring drama that ultimately buckles under Michael Mayer's weighty direction.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Somehow Murphy manages to lift his dignified, all-knowing servant character off the page, giving a meticulously composed performance in a vehicle that can’t help but feel superficially repackaged.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The picture continuously shuffles moods like tunes on an iPod without ever making any lasting commitments.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The results are decidedly more mind-numbing than bone-chilling.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even with the inspired choice of Steve Martin in the Clouseau role, this "Panther" picture is more bumbling and fumbling than the blissfully oblivious, accident-prone Inspector.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Less sex comedy and more Seth comedy would have made for a much livelier excursion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In short, No. 4 is one big snore.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There seem to be some impressive performances here, though it's not always easy to tell because director James Cox is always feverishly cutting away to something or other.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    We, unfortunately, learn very little in this Earth Day release (originally completed in 2012) that we haven't seen before in more evolved, better focused documentaries.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although he effectively establishes the downtrodden milieu, Lee’s script ultimately succumbs to mounting clichés and plot contrivances.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s a loud Oz hodgepodge that never adheres to a prevailing tone long enough to allow viewers to emotionally engage with those characters in spite of some admittedly inspired CG flourishes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This non-secular variation on "The Usual Suspects" falls prey to a creeping structural rigor mortis that sets in early.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unlike that widely appealing picture with the giant green ogre, this one's strictly for the kiddies.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Insistently distancing if aesthetically pleasing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It might also have been nice to have included some archival footage that would have illustrated how little the Yukon River setting has changed over the last century, but Horvath appears to have no interest in digging any deeper.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the likable Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard are definitely up to the comic excursion, the picture charts an uncertain course between wild and mild, eventually running aground in a pile of male-bonding muck.

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