Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 837 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Kinsey
Lowest review score: 0 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
837 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The usually likable Bullock, obstructed by glaring continuity problems and often baffling character motivation, comes across as unsympathetically dazed and confused here, giving the viewer little reason to care about this desperate housewife's puzzling predicament.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A dreary dramedy of a road film that starts off ploddingly and proceeds to only grow more so as it crawls along.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Charmless sequel.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    That outrageous third-act reveal proves to be a major deal-breaker.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This first feature by Jabbar Raisani is played out with considerable conviction on the part of its director and the tough-guy cast (led by Rick Ravanello), but the alien element is less convincing because of corny costumes and static-y special effects.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A soggy, listless affair, this would-be fun-in-the-sun sunken-treasure frivolity starts taking on water from the get-go, thanks to drawn-out exposition and languid pacing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A shrill, far-fetched thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While their last movie managed to temper the outrageousness with an underlying goofy sweetness, the biggest offense here isn’t that it’s offensive, it’s just not all that funny.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Wedge’s animation background comes in handy during some inventive chase sequences (shot in rural British Columbia), Monster Trucks is otherwise a clunky nonstarter.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The more recent concert and backstage material, assembled by director Andy Grieve, lacks the energy and immediacy key to dynamic performance films.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It all begins to fall apart around the midway point, before completely unraveling into a confused, murky mess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the corrupt Indiana Jones conceit certainly held promise, the Hesses fail to move it much further beyond that "what if" premise, taking weak, obvious potshots at its fundamentalist target.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A textbook example of how not to mess with success, Cheaper by the Dozen 2 is every bit as forced, synthetic, banal and mawkish as the first edition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    If you could take the Shrek, Happy Feet and Smurfs movies, toss them in a blender and hit the pulse button a few times, the result would be a pretty reasonable approximation of Trolls, an admittedly vibrant-looking but awfully recognizable animated musical comedy concoction.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite its serious imperfections, the soapy escapism provided by The Perfect Guy at least arrives at an opportune time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The script is not without some perceptive observations about family dynamics, but the problematic tone keeps getting in the way. A little absurdist levity in these instances always helps to prevent things from becoming too maudlin, but in Stockman's hands, the played-for-laughs elements in this tragicomedy feel forced rather than organic, ultimately creating an emotional disconnect with the viewer.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Buried beneath all the increasingly tired visual gags and well-worn character conventions is a workable message about following one’s muse, but director Ash Brannon, a Pixar veteran, along with at least eight other writers, seem content simply to lay down the same old licks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Tumbledown sees its good intentions undermined by cloying sitcom conventions.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There are twist endings and there are twist endings -- and then there is the logic-strangling, complete cheat of a reveal that takes place in the final 10 minutes of Hide and Seek. It's so absolutely preposterous that it stops the film cold and draws a collective "Aw c'mon!"
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Awfully dull, with scant evidence of the sort of things that make horror movies attractive -- like mounting suspense and spine-tingling creepiness and, oh yeah, the element of horror.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A bigger-louder-dumber take on that good ol' CBS hillbilly hit, the movie version of "The Dukes of Hazzard" starts off on the wrong foot and keeps heading, appropriately, south.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The over-the-top tone gets stale awfully quickly -- especially once it becomes clear that it's all wacky style over any real attempt at substance.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An uneven romantic comedy that feels as fresh as a hunk of week-old soda bread.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film takes a long time to get going because of all the prolonged, glib chit-chat that loses whatever satirical edge it might have initially possessed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Haphazard plotting and seriously undernourished character development aside, none of the emotional stakes have been planted deeply enough to elicit audience involvement in young Pete’s plight.

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