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 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 0 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
810 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Under their all-encompassing tutelage the band originally billed as the High Numbers would go on to international renown as the Who, and the extent to which Lambert & Stamp can take credit for that transformation is thoughtfully weighed in this revealing film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An absolute delight from start to finish.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Co-directors Nicholas Stoller and Doug Sweetland deliver big time with Storks, a fittingly buoyant, delightfully madcap animated romp.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Learning to Drive is a richly observed, crosscultural character study that coasts along pleasurably on the strengths of its virtuoso leads.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the title might suggest cheesy sensationalism, A Monster With a Thousand Heads serves as a sobering, all-too-relatable indictment of the bureaucratic Hydra that is the medical insurance industry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While this buoyant account of his brief but eventful life might feel like a rock climber's "Man on a Wire," the Oscar-winning 2008 documentary about tightrope walker Philippe Petit, director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The rise-and-fall trajectory of Knievel's career is colorfully captured in Daniel Junge's Being Evel, a savvy documentary that gives the granddaddy of extreme sports his due while gauging the national climate that welcomed his shrewdly timed arrival.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Masterfully keying the compact performances into a striking lighting scheme that often bathes the musicians and dancers in warm golden or somber indigo hues representing the cycle of life, Saura's spare, elegant staging and the fluid, intimate cinematography by the great Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now") create an intoxicating effect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The blissfully silly Blades of Glory is one of those rare comedies that puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise alone -- and keeps it planted there right until its wacky finale.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The immensely likable Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong is a freshly contemporary change-up on the traditional cross-cultural romantic-comedy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unlike the last Scott-Washington matchup, "Man on Fire," Deja Vu boasts a muscular, fast-forward story that won't be overwhelmed by Scott's need for speed in the form of rapid cuts and all that visual fusion that have become his stylistic trademark. Here, the approach is perfectly suited to the picture's time-shifting, multitasking structure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film offers a valuable life lesson in the powers of determination and timing, but most of all it's darned entertaining.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What begins as a quirky portrait of the artist as a gringo mariachi troubadour proves to be a telling study of a lost soul whose palpable passion for his music acts as a surrogate for more meaningful human contact.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Resistance is futile. It's impossible not to be swept up into the uplifting world of Mad Hot Ballroom, a documentary that can be neatly summed up as the "Spellbound" of competitive ballroom dancing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The updated classic is a chiller of a political thriller in its own right.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unlike the highly charged “Sicario” and other recent drug trade-themed movies, the film, shot in New Mexico, eschews explosive confrontations and political judgments in favor of complex, thoughtfully portrayed characters and tense, compelling situations.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Dancer becomes a gentle inquiry into how a gifted performer disrupts his life in order to test his passion.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A strikingly poetic documentary that illustrates the push and pull of life's opposing forces.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A deeply personal, often wrenching documentary.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A highly satisfying documentary tracking the hoop dreams of basketball bright light Sebastian Telfair as he made that rare leap from high school all-star to NBA draft pick.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Falling closer in tone to "Shaun of the Dead" than "28 Days Later" or the George Romero movies, Zombieland has its tongue planted firmly in its rancid cheek while still delivering the visceral goodies.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the clunky bits, "Tomorrow" still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [A] richly rewarding tribute.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Frequently laugh-out-loud funny and tangibly tender where it ought to be, the immensely satisfying screwball romp feels freshly contemporary even as it largely conforms to genre conventions.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Jarmusch's capable hands, the mundane has never been so delightful.

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