Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 538 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 538
538 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The result is an animated adventure that's funnier than "Shark Tale" and more charming than "The Polar Express."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Cheadle impressively carries the entire picture, delivering the kind of note-perfect performance that's absolutely deserving of Oscar consideration.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    East meets West to immensely satisfying effect in the vibrant mash-up of an animated romp, Big Hero 6.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Falling closer in tone to "Shaun of the Dead" than "28 Days Later" or the George Romero movies, Zombieland has its tongue planted firmly in its rancid cheek while still delivering the visceral goodies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Gervais and Robinson take what might have been a cute concept comedy and elevate it to delicious heights.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It plays like "Bonnie & Clyde" as made by a committee comprised of George Romero, Sam Peckinpah, Tobe Hooper, Sergio Leone and John Waters -- but Zombie still manages to inject a pervasive flavor all his own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The wow factor works overtime with state-of-the-art effects sequences that often are as beautiful as they are astonishing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Packs a quiet wallop.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ekachai's film takes a more compassionate view of its subject and boasts a dynamic performance by real-life kickboxer Asanee Suwan.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's a beautifully modulated performance in a nicely crafted, quietly unassuming character study by Vancouver-based writer-director Carl Bessai.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An engrossing mix of atmospheric gothic horror and smart sci-fi that's cemented by intriguing mythology, terrific visual effects, a dry sense of humor and an ideally cast Keanu Reeves.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hits the screen with its disarmingly droll spirit quite intact.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Resistance is futile. It's impossible not to be swept up into the uplifting world of Mad Hot Ballroom, a documentary that can be neatly summed up as the "Spellbound" of competitive ballroom dancing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Expertly tossing off the type of well-sharpened banter that was the domain of Gable and Lombard and Tracy and Hepburn, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- no matter what their off-camera status -- make one swell combative couple.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An endlessly intriguing documentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A consistently amusing, often inspired family romp.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An absolute delight from start to finish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A highly satisfying documentary tracking the hoop dreams of basketball bright light Sebastian Telfair as he made that rare leap from high school all-star to NBA draft pick.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Disney may have written the book on live-action animal adventure stories, but it has been quite a while since there has been a chapter as terrific as Eight Below.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A potent hybrid of passion and politics fuel this energetic and highly compelling documentary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A smart, sharply observed, highly affable look at contemporary relationships that finally injects a little life in the stagnating genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unlike the last Scott-Washington matchup, "Man on Fire," Deja Vu boasts a muscular, fast-forward story that won't be overwhelmed by Scott's need for speed in the form of rapid cuts and all that visual fusion that have become his stylistic trademark. Here, the approach is perfectly suited to the picture's time-shifting, multitasking structure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A movingly rendered, stirringly photographed first feature by Ham Tran.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The blissfully silly Blades of Glory is one of those rare comedies that puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise alone -- and keeps it planted there right until its wacky finale.

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