Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 579 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Far Side of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 73 out of 579
579 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ape
    Acutely nailing the dysfunctional stand-up milieu both on- and off-stage, the micro-budgeted film is more a wryly-etched character sketch than an involvingly-plotted proposition, but it still manages to leave an impression thanks to Joshua Burge’s convincingly-inhabited lead performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While humor abounds, the reflective piece nevertheless carries an emotional heft that tends to sneak up on the viewer after the fact. It's a testament to Leigh's tremendous skills as a storyteller and the splendid performances of his leads, Katrin Cartlidge ("Breaking the Waves") and newcomer Lynda Steadman. [7 Aug. 1997]
    • The Hollywood Reporter
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A playfully quirky and, ultimately, unexpectedly affecting portrait of a 17-year-old slacker.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Part zombie movie, part apocalyptic bioterror, part military conspiracy thriller, the refit hybrid doesn't stint on the visceral kicks demanded by contemporary audiences while remaining reasonably true to those Romero roots.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Imagine a Kiwi spaghetti western filtered through the offbeat sensibilities of early Sam Raimi or the Coen brothers and you've pretty much got the picture that is Good for Nothing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite a few design flaws, "Pants" should wear well with its young female demo.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A poignant documentary about the transformative power of art.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's with that action aspect that Pineapple Express differs from Apatow's previous production output, and though, the words "taut" and "pulse-pounding" would never apply, the giddily over-the-top fight sequences, choreographed by veteran stunt coordinator Gary Hymes, handily compensate for the lag time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to stand on its own two skyscraper heels thanks to the comic force of nature that is Anna Faris.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A delightfully stylized caper involving a mute little girl, her pet cat and a cat burglar.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An amiably clunky, unapologetically silly summer confection that nevertheless lands sufficient lethal slams to the funny bone.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The stark drama harkens back to Sidney Lumet classics like "Serpico" and "Prince of the City"-filmmaking that went after an unadorned, jagged realism, with acting to match.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Adheres sufficiently closely to the original template so as not to offend purists and manages to pack an intensely visceral punch of its own, most effectively in the extended setup.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Think of it as "The Matrix" for the quantum physics set.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Credit a rock solid turn by lead Jon Hamm that doesn’t shy away from revealing a darker underbelly to his underdog character, as well as a keenly-observed script by Tom McCarthy and deft direction by Craig Gillespie for the rewarding changeup.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hatchet II earns bragging rights with buckets of giddily over-the-top blood 'n' guts in sequences that are as gratuitous as they are amusingly ridiculous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Margret and H.A. Rey's mischievous monkey makes his long-threatened leap to the big screen in Curious George, with much of the books' charm respectfully intact.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A tart and tender comedy that pulls off a little miracle of its own by being genuinely heartwarming without leaving any cloyingly sticky emotional residue.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It might not possess the robust charm of its 2009 predecessor, but Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 nevertheless gets an amusing boost from a genetically modified, marauding menagerie of Tacodiles, Watermelophants, Sasquashes and assorted other "Foodimals" that have overtaken the once-tranquil island of Swallow Falls.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This redemptive tale set against southwest Ireland's moody seascape holds its tangible charms.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    More than ever, Depp masterfully keeps the enterprise afloat, even when the sheer weight of all those other characters threatens to throw it off-course.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Sean McNamara's film is impressively buoyed by a cast of young newcomers and seasoned pros.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A bright and breezy tween fantasy romantic comedy that coasts along on its charming performances and the light comedic touch of first-time feature director Elizabeth Allen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What Tying the Knot lacks in finesse it compensates for in making a heartfelt case for the hot-button topic of same-sex marriage.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The picture might not be as fresh and clever as it could have been, but its spirited voice cast delivers the whole enchilada.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's a charming-looking, tenderly told story about friendship and diversity.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As inspirational pieces go, the journey taken by the affable Tubbs proves hard to resist, even as the film, in its hustle to get to the finish line, occasionally prevents viewers from feeling this underdog story's emotional victories.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What could have made for particularly potent satire in the hands of an Albert Brooks or a Christopher Guest arrives in the form of a politely benign family comedy by first-time director Scott Marshall.

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