Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 506 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Kinsey
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 506
506 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The clash of cultures isn't exactly groundbreaking but Qasim "Q" Basir's feature debut is told through the eyes of a young, black American Muslim, a perspective that has rarely been seen.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    After a promisingly tart start, the strident satire stumbles and falls into a sitcom-y hole from which it never emerges, despite the game efforts of its dynamic ensemble.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    When all is said and done, their Pulitzer-winning photographs prove more potent than this well-intended but frustratingly generic picture.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Shearer admittedly makes an impassioned directorial debut, the film plays out like a data-heavy, extended investigative report with an academic emphasis on scientific findings over portraits of human suffering.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film, both in scope and tone, has a downsized vibe that would have made it a much better fit on an ABC Family than in a movie theater.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While leads Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are amusingly on point as a pair of mud-slinging contenders for Congress, the platform is a wobbly political satire that flip-flops chaotically between clever and crass, never finding a sturdy comedic footing.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Billy Crystal and Bette Midler hustle to peddle the threadbare material that makes Andy Fickman's comedy a perfectly tolerable, if uninspired, moviegoing experience.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Thor Freudenthal-helmed sequel lacks the energetic zip of its predecessor.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While visually engaging, this production of Disneytoon Studios -- it was originally slated to go direct-to-DVD -- lacks the sort of character depth and dramatic scope normally associated with the Pixar brand.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Walking With Dinosaurs takes rewarding advantage of a much bigger budget and state-of-the-art technology to bring its impressive collection of Cretaceous creatures to vivid life. But while the walking part’s pretty impressive, the talking part — not so much.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The production squeaks by on the visual charm of art director Ian Hastings’ period touches and warm autumnal hues. The voice talent is a decidedly mixed bag.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The problem once again remains an inability to sustain those de rigueur elements of tension and suspense much beyond those first 20 minutes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Beckinsale delivers even if Underworld doesn't quite manage to follow through on its initial promise.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There seem to be some impressive performances here, though it's not always easy to tell because director James Cox is always feverishly cutting away to something or other.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This feature glimpse into the Bell Jar is an exercise in drudgery, with nothing particularly insightful or revealing to say about the charter member of the Suicidal Poets Society and the artistic endeavor in which she would make her indelible mark.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up committing the spoof genre's worst crime: becoming a tired parody of itself.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Instantly forgettable.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ryan and the rest of the cast are forced to slug it out with the kind of trite dialogue that seems to have been lifted straight off of those corporate inspirational posters.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A tone-deaf muddle that shifts moods more often than its lone wolf vigilante rubs out bad guys, clocking in at a punishingly paced two hours and change.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A crass, clumsily constructed romantic comedy.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Plenty of salient points to make in this satirical cautionary tale, there's still not enough to sustain the expanded running time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mercilessly plodding pacing, problematic character motivations and a fundamental lack of chemistry between the two star-crossed lovers in question don't do a lot to help its cause.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately, Twohy has tried to turn the Riddick enterprise into a sprawling, Tolkien-powered epic, jamming the screen with too many historical parallels and a confusion of new characters.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unlike that widely appealing picture with the giant green ogre, this one's strictly for the kiddies.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Essentially sleepwalks its way through a strictly by-the-numbers premise.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This non-secular variation on "The Usual Suspects" falls prey to a creeping structural rigor mortis that sets in early.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the likable Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard are definitely up to the comic excursion, the picture charts an uncertain course between wild and mild, eventually running aground in a pile of male-bonding muck.