Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 879 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 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:
879 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Packing plenty of visual zip and terrific character faces into its compact running time, De Jong never allows the considerable quirkiness to upstage the storytelling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It might not be way up there in "The Incredibles"/"Finding Nemo"/"Toy Story" stratosphere, but the charming Cars is nevertheless a thoroughly pleasant way to mark Pixar Animation Studios' 20th anniversary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Piscatella maintains an engaging grip on his unassuming subject’s ascendancy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Cohen, whose “Facing Fear” was among the 2014 Oscar nominees for documentary short, lends this classic David versus Goliath story a playfully retro feel.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hits the screen with its disarmingly droll spirit quite intact.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Elf
    While the words "instant holiday classic" might be pushing it, Elf is at the very least a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Caine and young Milner make for amusing adversaries, it's nice to see Crowley paying respect to his elders by populating the retirement home with a number of familiar faces, including those belonging to Rosemary Harris, Sylvia Syms and longtime "Coronation Street" resident Thelma Barlow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Jensen's uniquely wacky world, there's a genuine affection for his offbeat characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A reasonably engaging movie filled with fun visual effects and an appealing tone reminiscent of a certain Spielberg movie about an out-of-his-element extraterrestrial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mixing all the liberal blood-letting with equal amounts of inspired comedy, Kitano puts a fresh face on the classic material without messing with its heart.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It generally succeeds, too, thanks to a visually energetic approach by director Jon Chu that keeps all the obligatory backstage/onstage bits moving fluidly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A curious documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry that makes interesting observations about contemporary thrill seekers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Think "Godzilla Unplugged" -- with chillingly effective results.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Barry Strugatz, a screenwriter best known for 1988’s “Married to the Mob,” has crafted a brief but disarmingly cordial tribute to an overlooked Tai Chi “sifu” who didn’t believe in kowtowing to convention.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An agreeably goofy road movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An enjoyable adventure fantasy that pushes all the requisite buttons while still managing to throw in a pleasant surprise or two.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Defies all expectations with a low-key, technically stripped-down production that really does come close to capturing the heart and soul of the original.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite clocking in at a scant 70 minutes, the troubled-youth drama Memoria manages to make a hauntingly poetic impression.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While by no means a masterpiece of the form, John Carpenter's The Ward is an economical period piece that still effectively demonstrates what a skilled technician can accomplish in a single location with a compact cast and sturdy old-school effects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the storyline, in which Jack Black’s dumpling-downing Dragon Warrior is reunited with his biological father, doesn’t quite fulfill its prophecies, dramatically speaking, visually speaking it’s all quite impressive — one of those very rare animated features that completely justifies its 3D glasses.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This offbeat take on "The African Queen" stumbles on a couple of awkward transitions, but generally succeeds on the merits of Collette's unerring ability to carry the viewer along her constantly changing emotional landscape.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof on the Everyman crimefighter flick written and directed with evident relish by James Gunn.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The rehabilitative power of forgiveness is thought-provokingly explored in Ilan Ziv’s An Eye for an Eye.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Stewart's documentary is seldom less than compelling in its quest to raise international awareness about a situation that is threatening to put sharks on the endangered list.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The fact that it's actually based on a true story adds an extra layer of poignancy, heightened further by another superb Sophie Okonedo performance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A period suburban rites-of-passage story with a pitch-perfect cast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It may have been a long road to glory, but seeing Perkins (then 97) and Smith (75) enthusiastically accept a 2011 Grammy for their album “Joined at the Hip,” it’s readily apparent that it was worth the trip.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    When it plays to its strengths, the film, like the band, mines pure '80s gold.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This energetic film satisfyingly brings viewers up to speed on Newman's remarkably enduring career detour.

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