Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 736 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Cinderella Man
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
736 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent cannily recasts 1972's "Deliverance" as a female-bonding thriller with some "Hills Have Eyes"-style mutant terror tossed in for truly harrowing effect.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    To pull this kind of thing off you need exceptional performances, and the two leads rise commandingly to the challenge. Wilson, best known for his work in the screen version of "The Phantom of the Opera" and HBO's "Angels in America," keeps his true colors effectively muted throughout the bulk of their face-off, but it is Page who astonishes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affectionate and intimate celebration of the acclaimed troubadour in stirring music and words.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It didn't seem possible, but Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Wee Man and company might just have cooked up a sequel that's even wilder, funnier, extra-depraved and more gag-inducing than the seemingly incomparable "Jackass the Movie."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fascinating documentary with a high entertainment quotient thanks to the fact that the film's surviving subjects prove to be some of the most articulate, not to mention wittiest, octogenarians around.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The outrageously hilarious For Your Consideration was well worth the wait. Again delivered with comic precision by Guest's crack repertory company, his patented brand of parody takes affectionate but deadly aim at its awards buzz mania target and the results aren't just funny, they're face-hurting funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Firing on all cylinders as a creepy thriller, police procedural and "All the President's Men"-style investigative newsroom drama, the smart, extremely vivid production oozes period authenticity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Noah Baumbach has followed up his acclaimed 2005 breakthrough "The Squid and the Whale" with another wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A piercingly funny, twisted "whatever-happens-in-Vegas" caper.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Raimi's still very much up to his old tricks, retaining that deliriously over-the-top brand of Grand Guignol horror that he had abandoned by the mid-'90s in pursuit of other genres.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A fiendishly entertaining Christmas yarn rooted in Northern European legend and lore, complete with a not-so-jolly old St. Nick informed more by the Brothers Grimm than Norman Rockwell.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Leave it to the folks who brought us "Wallace & Gromit," "Chicken Run" and "Flushed Away" to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre. Aardman's Arthur Christmas is that and more - an endlessly amusing 3D, CG-animated Yuletide romp with lively innovation at every turn and a dream voice cast headed by James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A breathtakingly immersive travelogue that packs a persuasive environmental undercurrent.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    East meets West to immensely satisfying effect in the vibrant mash-up of an animated romp, Big Hero 6.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Boasting a pitch perfect voice cast led by a terrific Ginnifer Goodwin as a righteous rural rabbit who becomes the first cotton-tailed police recruit in the mammal-centric city of Zootopia, the 3D caper expertly combines keen wit with a gentle, and very timely, message of inclusivity and empowerment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although their work involves interviewing eyewitnesses and gathering photographic evidence to build a case for violations of international law, the procedural stuff tells just half of E-Team's compelling story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Writer-director Barnaby weaves a surprising amount of tenderness into the fabric of violence, as well as a good measure of magic realism, to keep the gritty story engaging.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Masterfully keying the compact performances into a striking lighting scheme that often bathes the musicians and dancers in warm golden or somber indigo hues representing the cycle of life, Saura's spare, elegant staging and the fluid, intimate cinematography by the great Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now") create an intoxicating effect.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What might seem unlikely to endure beyond standard sketch length proves surprisingly resilient in the hands of directors Clement and Waititi, the team responsible for the equally droll "Flight of the Conchords."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The rightfully disturbing Buzzard emerges as a true original.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Under their all-encompassing tutelage the band originally billed as the High Numbers would go on to international renown as the Who, and the extent to which Lambert & Stamp can take credit for that transformation is thoughtfully weighed in this revealing film.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film offers a valuable life lesson in the powers of determination and timing, but most of all it's darned entertaining.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A strikingly poetic documentary that illustrates the push and pull of life's opposing forces.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While this buoyant account of his brief but eventful life might feel like a rock climber's "Man on a Wire," the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own.

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