Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 591 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Charlotte's Web
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 591
591 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This well-made epic boasts carefully researched production values and the talents of classically trained actors, but by literally playing it by the book, the picture loses something dramatic in the translation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This offbeat take on "The African Queen" stumbles on a couple of awkward transitions, but generally succeeds on the merits of Collette's unerring ability to carry the viewer along her constantly changing emotional landscape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like "Dogville," Neil Young's Greendale uses the deceptively simple "Our Town" foundation on which to build a platform for some highly personal sociopolitical criticisms, but unlike the contentious von Trier picture, the Young variation gets the job done in roughly half the time with a notable absence of histrionics, plus you can tap your toes to it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A beguiling, multilayered drama.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An often intriguing documentary, albeit one with wires attached.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A playfully quirky and, ultimately, unexpectedly affecting portrait of a 17-year-old slacker.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Renny Harlin's take on Agatha Christie's versatile "Ten Little Indians" is total B-movie swagger in all its unsubtle glory.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mixing all the liberal blood-letting with equal amounts of inspired comedy, Kitano puts a fresh face on the classic material without messing with its heart.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Think of it as "The Matrix" for the quantum physics set.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although most definitely an acquired taste, the David Lynchian Gozu delivers the goods in dripping, gooey gobs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A blissfully silly, character-driven road movie with impressive laugh-per-minute performance specs.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Sufficient cheap thrills and enough of the prevailing camp quality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Goes beyond the well-documented Warsaw Ghetto uprising to take a fascinating look at seven lesser-known individual paths to resistance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    John Waters has returned to trashy form with what is unquestionably his most outrageous film since those heady "Pink Flamingos" days.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An agreeably goofy road movie.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A quintessential Hollywood story that might have just as easily been called "Karma."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A challenging, thought-provoking debut that compassionately questions the relevance of celibacy in the Catholic Church.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pitch-perfect performances bring it all home, particularly that of Danish leading man Mikkelsen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The 1976 John Carpenter original has been reworked enough to give the urban thriller a distinct flavor of its own, and stars Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne provide enough gravitas to keep things involving.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film fittingly embraces the elements of camp and kitsch that played such a major role in defining the Nomi persona.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The kind of inspirational movie that actually earns its crowd-rousing response as opposed to merely pushing the same old, emotion-coaxing buttons.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's a charming-looking, tenderly told story about friendship and diversity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    If Hostage looks a lot like a state-of-the-art French "policier" minus the pesky subtitles, the effect is purely intentional.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Disney picture should handily score a direct hit to its targeted young female demographic as well as striking a chord with their big sisters, moms and aunts.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Packs plenty of crowd-pleasing appeal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately goes the distance, it gets the job done with a halfhearted bunt rather than a solid line drive.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It is to Dance's considerable credit that he never lets the filmmaking overtake the understated storytelling.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an "Old School" or "Anchorman" or the retro charm of an "Elf," but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle. It certainly is more enjoyable than a lot of what passes for family entertainment these days.

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