Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 858 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Charlotte's Web
Lowest review score: 0 Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Score distribution:
858 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With "instant classic" written all over it, Toy Story, the first full-length feature entirely composed of computer-generated animation, is a visually astounding, wildly inventive winner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    May not offer up any fresh revelations, but this effectively assembled documentary puts it all in valuable, if depressing, perspective.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Up
    Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, the gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Representing a dazzling artistic leap forward for LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio’s fourth feature — and first full-blown fantasy — is an eye-popping delight that deftly blends colorful folklore with gorgeous, origami-informed visuals to immersive effect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As captured through the ceaselessly unflinching lens of Sharif’s borrowed video camera, Nowhere to Hide offers an uneasy prognosis that is at once graphically gut-wrenching and doggedly life-affirming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has followed up his well-received Man Push Cart with another penetrating portrait of life on the outskirts of New York.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s a non-stop blast from beginning to end, jam-packed with a wacky irreverence, dazzling state-of-the-art CGI (courtesy of Animal Logic) and a pitch-perfect voice cast headed by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon, achieving the neat trick of remaining faithful to the spirit of the book while at the same time being true to its cinematic self.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Those accustomed to the sort of grandly executed, tightly paced escape/rescue sequences that tend to go with the territory will have to acclimate themselves to the film’s more subdued rhythms, but in time, the quietly unassuming, character-rich approach pays some affecting dividends.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the beguiling spell begins to wear off before reaching its full two-hour length, the film’s got style for days thanks to Biller’s affection for classic — as well as not-so-classic — cinema.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Factoring in Mike Eley's breathtakingly vivid photography and a virtuoso sound mix that completely envelops the viewer, it's enough to make you never again want to poke your head into the freezer.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Franco, who’s absolutely hysterical as the brooding, deluded Wiseau, leads a parade of familiar faces...delivering a winning, Ed Wood-esque blend of comedy and pathos that could very well earn its own cult status.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although Vallee's remarkably assured film, which clocks in at more than two hours, proves that it's possible to have too much of a good thing, Canada's official Oscar submission for best foreign-language feature still manages keep up the entertaining yet emotionally satisfying pace sufficiently to earn audience accolades.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The epic adventure, set during the Napoleonic Wars, boasts at least two artists at the top of their respective games -- namely filmmaker Peter Weir and actor Russell Crowe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Twinsters is a lively — and quite lovely — take on contemporary notions of family and identity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Appealing equally to the eyes, ears, heart and funny bone, Moana represents contemporary Disney at its finest — a vibrantly rendered adventure that combines state-of-the-art CG animation with traditional storytelling and colorful characters, all enlivened by a terrific voice cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    John Travolta takes on John Waters in Hairspray, and the result is anything but a drag in this appealingly goofy, all-singing, all-dancing screen adaptation of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Beginning with a gentle lullaby and ending with a tightly packed wallop, Goodnight Mommy is one viscerally chilling, seriously unsettling horror film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Retains considerable entertainment value on the strength of Herzog's never-dull, very personal narrating style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film puts a brave, much-adored face on a disease that has touched so many families.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Expertly playing with our preconceived notions, Granik's multidimensional portrait also serves as a telling state-of-the-union address, as seen through the caring eyes of her philosophical main subject.

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