For 499 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 The LEGO Movie
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 499
499 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Cheadle's fearlessly robust performance absolutely galvanizes Talk to Me, it's not the only thing that makes Kasi Lemmons' third feature such a pleasure to take in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As the heart and soul of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor once again impresses.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Several shades darker in tone than the previous edition -- which, to be fair, didn't carry the burden of expectation that a sequel must bear -- the return to Narnia still casts a transporting spell.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This smartly assembled wake-up call concerning the nation's lousy spending habits proves to be as unexpectedly spirited as it is dispiriting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Had Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes collaborated on a movie populated by Disney Channel superstars, the result might have looked and sounded a lot like Todd Graff's Bandslam. And that's meant as a compliment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The beautifully acted serio-comedy takes a potentially smirky premise -- a chance dirty phone call between an introverted writer and a persuasive mystery woman becomes a meaningful long-distance relationship -- and turns it into something that really reaches out and touches you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A sharply observed tragicomedy that draws laughter as genuinely as it coaxes tears, the nicely paced film tempers its themes of loss and sorrow with a cynically witty edge and is graced by a perfectly pitched Sigourney Weaver performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the wonderfully droll Kitchen Stories, Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer takes an already inspired premise and weaves it into a spry absurdist comedy that also manages to find some considerable warmth.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Happens to be extremely funny -- at times sidesplittingly so -- thanks to Zwigoff's way with raw irreverence and Thornton's perfectly pitched, ready-for-anything performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Jarmusch's capable hands, the mundane has never been so delightful.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Elf
    While the words "instant holiday classic" might be pushing it, Elf is at the very least a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Nimbly blending comedy and action -- with an affectionate slo-mo nod to John Woo -- McKay does his best work to date here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The kind of film that makes a truly lasting impression despite its brevity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Goes a long way in bringing sexy back to a soggy genre, benefiting greatly from the presence of its likable leads.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Not since Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up in "The Other Guys" has an onscreen pairing proved as comically rewarding as the inspired partnership of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.