Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 568 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The Far Side of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 70 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    East meets West to immensely satisfying effect in the vibrant mash-up of an animated romp, Big Hero 6.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply reflective, quietly powerful work that is as timely as it is moving.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With its dialogue largely improvised by many who had seen extensive combat in Iraq, Battle for Haditha has a gripping authenticity lacking in other similarly themed dramas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A potent hybrid of passion and politics fuel this energetic and highly compelling documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The kind of film that makes a truly lasting impression despite its brevity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An absolute delight from start to finish.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Scorsese has crafted a rip-roaringly gorgeous-looking, beautifully acted biographical epic. But while firing on all cylinders, there's something oddly distancing about the picture.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Layered with elements that are both amusing and touching but never threatening to collapse into a big heap of sentimental mush.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately, Swimming Pool belongs to Ozon, and while incorporating a carefully measured, quietly menacing style that summons up vintage Hitchcock and Chabrol, he has made it unmistakably -- and entertainingly -- his very own.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Jarmusch's capable hands, the mundane has never been so delightful.

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