Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 856 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 Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Lowest review score: 0 Unfallen
Score distribution:
856 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While its two credible leads are certainly up to the challenge, there's a relentless claustrophobia that prevents the film from taking on a fully dimensional life of its own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    After a while, the extremely limited camera movement and languid pacing take an exacting toll, resulting in a viewing experience that is considerably less than idyllic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the undeniable novelty of having Holmes on hand to keep it real, the absence of traditional character development ultimately takes its toll on viewer empathy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    De la Iglesia, a filmmaker known for his dark comedies, ultimately has nowhere to take this breathless ode to Fellini and his own mentor, Pedro Almodóvar, as well as backstage showbiz satires like Robert Altman's "The Player" and Michael Hoffman's "Soapdish."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like its various post-Cold War European locations, the film remains chilly and distant. Every time you feel like you're finally grabbing hold of something involving, the picture once again spins frustratingly out of reach.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the absence of a sturdier storyline and more dimensional characters, the manic, rapid-fire delivery, while yielding some well-deserved laughs, proves more exhausting than inspired.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film itself often feels stilted and repetitive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What should be a sexually and emotionally charged atmosphere instead ends up feeling like an intellectual exercise, with the actors attempting mightily to simulate chemistry that simply doesn't exist.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Strip away all the flimsy copycat stuff, including the cheesy retro synth score, and what lurks beneath is a perceptive portrait of contemporary thirtysomething relationships, no silly sleuthing required.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This "Living Dead" exercise delivers far less monstrosity and a great deal of pomposity, not to mention dull characters who aren't nearly as lively as those dead guys.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Good Dinosaur emerges as a visually breathtaking work of computer-generated animation that is ultimately unable to compensate for a disappointingly derivative script.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately, the whole seldom adds up to the sum of its illustrious parts, and Jarmusch's trademark deadpan quirks seem to have gotten lost in the translation.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A darker, grittier creature that, while benefiting considerably from Dion Beebe's HD cinematography, is a frustratingly inert affair -- a long and talky excursion that fails to engage the viewer from the outset.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Never achieves the propulsive traction and outrageous/endearing balance that made "The Hangover" such a smash this time last year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Gretchen Mol delivers a delightfully exuberant lead performance, the film itself seldom goes beyond skin deep.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although it has its involving moments, the watered-down Waugh fails to make any kind of lasting connection.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Definitely acquired-taste material and will perform best in the hipper, bigger rooms.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the end result feels a tad overstuffed at 92 minutes, it's entirely understandable if, after more than half a century of being identified as "that guy," Miller's in no hurry to relinquish the spotlight.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the absence of a more dramatically dynamic approach to that awfully familiar subject matter, “Burning Sands” proves neither as incendiary nor as challenging as intended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A backwoods psychological thriller delivered faux-documentary-style, with mixed results.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Uneven but nonetheless emotionally gratifying.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Whether the con is truly on or the filmmakers have simply taken an awful lot of poetic license where the post-Michael Moore documentary format is concerned, moviegoers certainly have less amusing ways to be bamboozled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Attempts to pass itself off as a fast-paced caper picture doubling as a socially conscious apartheid drama but ends up equally unconvincing in both departments.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the early going might bring to mind the Dogme 95 school of stripped-down filmmaking...the result, with its collective of uniformly unsympathetic characters, ultimately overdoses on all the unscripted bad vibes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately falls short of reaching the pleasingly pulpy heights of an "L.A. Confidential" or a "Chinatown" despite those obvious aspirations.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Rather than further expanding those seemingly limitless SpongeBob horizons, the live action/CG stuff never satisfyingly jibes with the traditional nautical nonsense down below.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A beautifully shot (by Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll) but dramatically empty pursuit picture set in the untamed West.

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