Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 505 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Up
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 505
505 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Browne keeps it amusingly involving.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite a few design flaws, "Pants" should wear well with its young female demo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An engaging portrait of a functionally dysfunctional family.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. But somehow those moments never add up to a fully satisfying viewing experience.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A thoroughly conventional romantic comedy with all the usual trimmings.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An elegantly mounted ghost story that's steeped plenty of dank Louisiana atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although comparisons to the memory-challenged machinations of "Memento" are inevitable, the plotting here takes a more traditionally linear path.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A spare, claustrophobic film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Leave it to Liev: Schreiber capably adds writer-director to his impressive resume with this winning take on the Jonathan Safran Foer novel.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Displaying some fine performances -- including a lovely one by Claire Danes and a lively one by Jason Schwartzman -- the elegantly appointed Shopgirl certainly has the goods but it ultimately fails to make the sale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Eli Roth turns to modern-day Asian fright filmmakers as inspiration for his latest blood-soaked effort while demonstrating an intriguing, original voice of his own.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A keenly observed urban romantic comedy.
    • 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 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This remake of the 1977 Wes Craven cult classic is brutally horrific. And that's a compliment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Gunn maintains the ideal glib pitch for most of the picture, flirting with camp but never hanging around it long enough to water down the squirm-inducing stuff.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Narrated by Troy Garity, whose mother, Jane Fonda, candidly discusses her involvement in the movement that seems to have faded from the collective conscience in the intervening years, the film does a commendable job in providing enlightenment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Effectively anchoring the picture is Keke Palmer's lovely lead performance as Akeelah Anderson.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Though the picture is not without its wow-inducing, SFX-driven moments, that potent X-factor is considerably diminished in Singer's absence.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Making his feature-length debut after forging a career making socially conscious short films, director Ward Serrill never takes his eye off the ball, maintaining a sharp storytelling focus distilled from those seven years worth of footage.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An amiably clunky, unapologetically silly summer confection that nevertheless lands sufficient lethal slams to the funny bone.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A thoughtful and nicely observed dramedy about a group of AARP-sters grappling with life, loss, love and -- gasp -- sex in a South Florida "active adult community."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The 2006 summer movie season went out with a reasonable bang courtesy of Crank, a jacked-up, unapologetically mindless bit of ADD-prescribed escapism that more or less delivers on a nifty premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Filmmaker Trapero, a proponent of the New Argentine Cinema, employs a minimalist naturalism to tell what is obviously a very personal story that, at the same time, is certain to elicit widespread sighs of familiarity.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Proving that with solid direction, tight writing and strong performances an American remake can actually be as good as the foreign-language original, The Last Kiss, an unusually perceptive dramedy about contemporary relationships also manages to stand quite capably on its own two feet.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite that nagging whiff of familiarity, there are enough character quirks and inspired bits of funny business to carry this amiable if slight tale.