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 Up
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 538
538 movie reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's seldom a dull moment -- but nor are there any that allow viewers young or old to invest in its elite team of furry characters to any satisfying or lasting degree despite the presence of an energetic voice cast.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An initially intriguing plot line makes a messy getaway in this throwback heist movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Though it's nice to see Mendes take a looser, not quite so studied approach to his filmmaking, some stops along the way -- like a detour to visit Burt's suddenly single brother (Paul Schneider) -- feel dramatically off-course.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In a way, the film ultimately gets snagged in its own contraption.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Travolta has/is a blast in an action-thriller-comedy that otherwise comes up short.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Definitely has its amusing moments, but ultimately all that improvised shtick gets mighty tired without any real break in the nonaction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Saving the day is Harrelson's low-key, rooted performance, adding an unexpected layer of poignancy when things take a decidedly darker turn.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What could have been a biting black comedy taking product placement to the logical extreme instead is so obviously predictable that even a savvy cast led by David Duchovny and Demi Moore can't sell it.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the lazily self-satisfied results, his (Sandler) aging fan base likely will come along for the lackadaisical ride.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While its cast delivers uniformly breezy performances, most everything else about Ramona's move to the multiplex feels unremarkable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Very much bearing the creative imprint of Robert Rodriguez, but directed by Nimrod Antal, the new edition, in its best moments, is an unabashed B-movie that plays like a jacked-up "Twilight Zone" with award-winning actors delivering the pulp-infused dialogue.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A backwoods psychological thriller delivered faux-documentary-style, with mixed results.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Jackass 3D can never be accused of stinting on its spring-loaded arsenal of projectile bodily fluids, neither does it approach that sublime, laugh-until-it-hurts level of gross-out nirvana that made the first two installments so darned irresistible.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The movie comes up short on inspiration despite a stellar voice cast that includes James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and a toe-tapping songbook by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While there are plenty of madcap antics to fill a feature, all that manic energy ultimately proves to be more exhausting than exhilarating.

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