Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 879 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 The Assignment
Score distribution:
879 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The rehabilitative power of forgiveness is thought-provokingly explored in Ilan Ziv’s An Eye for an Eye.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Summarizing the plight of the average working actor’s lot in three all-too-familiar words, No Pay, Nudity, is a tenderly observed, bittersweet comedy featuring a beautifully rooted Gabriel Byrne.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Veteran director Roger Spottiswoode, whose output has been spotty in recent years, returns to form with a perfectly weighted redemptive story that engages the heart without shying away from the darker aspects of Bowen’s recovery.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The loneliness of the long-distance chess grandmaster is affectingly conveyed in Magnus.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While its own roots never go quite as deep as they might, there’s still something goofily endearing about seeing Reitman, armed with that trusty bonsai, traipsing around the country on a healing mission.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The penetrating Solitary is a sobering account of life (without parole) inside the Red Onion, a super-maximum security prison ensconced in Virginia’s Appalachians.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It may be by-the-book, but American Wrestler is a story well worth telling.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    South Korean filmmaker Kim Sung-hoon has clearly done his homework while injecting the action sequences with a terrific kinetic energy.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A shrill but often funny anti-romantic comedy from L.A. filmmakers Alex Kavutskiy and Ariel Gardner.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the approach taken by filmmaker Marina Zenovich, who directed 2008’s “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” relies heavily on talking heads — Gov. Jerry Brown among them — she admittedly paints a compelling picture of timeless greed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although it occasionally feels as if the thoughtful Powell (who unexpectedly died last summer) is being forced into a repentant corner, the film remains a penetrating case study in taking ownership of one’s actions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo is a well-crafted, revealing British documentary.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Laurent and Dion’s passionate, off-the-beaten-path primer advocates thinking globally but acting locally with community-driven, grassroots alternatives that aren’t affected by any executive orders.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Chan maintains his dexterous footing whether choreographing the colorful large-scale battle sequences or the stripped-down, hand-to-hand matchups that boil the conflict down to its most basic — and personal — essence.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While its insights into the consequences of selective memory loss continue to resonate the world over, at its heart, Amnesia is a beautifully acted depiction of confronting regret.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pamela Yates’ 500 Years is a palpably passionate if somewhat less contained effort than the two films preceding it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It may have been a long road to glory, but seeing Perkins (then 97) and Smith (75) enthusiastically accept a 2011 Grammy for their album “Joined at the Hip,” it’s readily apparent that it was worth the trip.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the substance could have used more visual style, Ray tells an uncluttered story and draws strong performances from his actors.
    • 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.

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