Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 810 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 5.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story
Lowest review score: 0 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
810 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While it certainly looks swell thanks to director John Moore's striking visuals, the wings of this rebuilt "Phoenix" have been clipped by generic scripting and a short supply of dramatic tension.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Will primarily strike a chord with Latina-skewing audiences with minimal crossover potential.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Greenaway's boundary-pushing, breathlessly in-your-face approach begins to take its toll on viewer patience.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Heigl is terrific, this uninspired romantic comedy is considerably less so.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unable to decide whether it wants to be a rambunctious family comedy or a tender romantic comedy, the Dennis Quaid-Rene Russo vehicle strains to be both and ends up falling short of both marks.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A darker, grittier creature that, while benefiting considerably from Dion Beebe's HD cinematography, is a frustratingly inert affair -- a long and talky excursion that fails to engage the viewer from the outset.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A beautifully shot (by Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll) but dramatically empty pursuit picture set in the untamed West.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Screenwriter Victor Hawks' inclusive, all-God's-children message is above reproach, but his lead character is ultimately too good for the movie's own good.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the results could never be accused of being uneventful, the characters cry out for deeper, more complex dimensions than simply the wide-eyed dreamer and the rhetoric-spewing agitator on display here.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While writer-director-editor Aram Rappaport draws effectively weighted performances (especially from the always committed Driver) and maintains a crisp pace, he’s less adept at balancing those big picture thriller elements with Clifton’s personal journey, which ultimately serves to rob both aspects of greater potency.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Can't decide what it wants to be when it grows up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What should be a sexually and emotionally charged atmosphere instead ends up feeling like an intellectual exercise, with the actors attempting mightily to simulate chemistry that simply doesn't exist.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Groundswell Rising is an undeniably passionate but frustratingly one-sided examination of the controversial method of gas extraction.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The storytelling has all the dramatic complexity of a paint-by-numbers set, and you know exactly where all this is headed from the get-go.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Tedious portrait of a troubled Rolling Stone.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film insistently asserts its autobiographical roots at the expense of sharper plotting and characterizations, not to mention more energetic pacing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pretty much any sign of creative life gets left out in the cold in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the monotonous, strictly by-the-numbers third edition of the wildly lucrative digitally animated franchise.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It might have been inspired by actual events, but End of the Spear is, literally and figuratively, simply too dull to make any impact.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An awkward mix of proficient 3-D animation, detailed technical recreation and strained storytelling that stalls on takeoff.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite an energetic set-up, the broad script fails to deliver the anticipated goods once the action relocates to Paris.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Intriguing in concept but problematic in execution.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Remains intriguing despite its troublesome issues.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even with an energetic approach by co-directors Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge and fittingly playful narration by Jason Bateman, you can't help but hear a little "ka-ching!" every time images of a shiny new creation fill the screen.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    G
    Despite the updated setting and some on-the-money performances, the sleek if dramatically flimsy results make for a less than great "Gatsby."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The largely uninspired Clone Wars feels landlocked. In the absence of any extensive innovation, the video game-ready results play more like a feature-length promo for the imminent TV series of the same name than a stand-alone event.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In its present form, Ramsey’s story leaves you wanting more — and less.

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