Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 819 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Up
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
819 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A keenly observed urban romantic comedy.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although their extreme staycation is obviously not everybody's idea of a swell time, the bracingly gorgeous images and meditative serenity still offer a vicarious respite from all those urgent headlines and deadlines — no bear spray required.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even as you recognize echoes of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and Todd Solondz here, Pritzker has a good ear for authenticity, and he draws terrific performances from a cast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Slick superlobbyist Jack Abramoff is the colorful subject of Casino Jack a similarly slick and undeniably entertaining true-life D.C. crime story, boasting a robust Kevin Spacey performance.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jude Law makes for an effective rogue submarine captain in "Black Sea," a fittingly immersive thriller, tautly directed by Kevin MacDonald.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Displaying some fine performances -- including a lovely one by Claire Danes and a lively one by Jason Schwartzman -- the elegantly appointed Shopgirl certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Packs plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affecting ensemble piece that's destined to generate a fair share of awards-season buzz.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The director nimbly orchestrates to entertaining effect this mass game of cat-and-mouse populated by paid and unpaid assassins, double agents and even the proverbial twins separated at birth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Oroves nimbler and truer to its origins than last year's "Rodrick Rules."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A sweet 'n' sassy period comedy with a "Juno" sensibility and the soul of a "Little Miss Sunshine," the hard-to-resist Dirty Girl announces the official arrival of Juno Temple.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's still much to admire about this carefully drawn but concise character sketch, especially the strong performances and a unique, affectingly ominous score by folk-rock-gospel outfit Bruce Peninsula.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Filmmaker Trapero, a proponent of the New Argentine Cinema, employs a minimalist naturalism to tell what is obviously a very personal story that, at the same time, is certain to elicit widespread sighs of familiarity.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Filled with humanitarian good cheer — and enough costume changes to rival a Diana Ross concert — Imba Means Sing delivers a heartwarming song of hope for the future.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It may be by-the-book, but American Wrestler is a story well worth telling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Though indulgently overlong, “Raiders!” manages to unearth the inner geek in all of us.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although formulaic to a fault, this French film directed by Nicolas Cuche packs a charming effervescence thanks to the easy chemistry of appealing leads Max Boublil and Aïssa Maïga.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's a terrific tenderness in Travolta's performance, while Cyrus and company are similarly effective.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Wayans brothers manage to squeeze it all in to consistently amusing effect and in a way that just barely manages to stay within those PG-13 parameters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A gritty serving of pulp fiction masterfully perpetrated by Samuel L. Jackson as a philosophical ex-con trying to buck the considerable odds by taking a shot at redemption.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While it has its moments of pure Farrelly inspiration and swell performances from Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear...the patented blend of the outrageous and the sweet that has become the brothers' trademark struggles to find the desired balance here.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Queen Latifah finally gets a vehicle that gives her formidable talents and expansive spirit plenty of blooming room.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like an uncle making a long-winded, embarrassing toast to the bride, Smith may have a lot of defining childhood memories at his disposal, but that doesn't mean they all need to be shared.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's frustrating to see this wonderful-looking, laugh-out-loud funny survival tale fall short of its potential.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Copeland's victories are shortchanged by the film's prevailing sense of detachment from its main subject.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the unique premise and some truly inspired casting, the picture remains stuck in an existential rut of its own.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    After a very funny start, there just isn't enough content to fill the feature-length curriculum.

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