Michael Rechtshaffen
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For 528 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% 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 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 528
528 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Disney may have written the book on live-action animal adventure stories, but it has been quite a while since there has been a chapter as terrific as Eight Below.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It might not be way up there in "The Incredibles"/"Finding Nemo"/"Toy Story" stratosphere, but the charming Cars is nevertheless a thoroughly pleasant way to mark Pixar Animation Studios' 20th anniversary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A potent hybrid of passion and politics fuel this energetic and highly compelling documentary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A smart, sharply observed, highly affable look at contemporary relationships that finally injects a little life in the stagnating genre.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A movingly rendered, stirringly photographed first feature by Ham Tran.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Once again Bier demonstrates just how misleading appearances can be, as she artfully removes the veneers concealing the dark truths locked away by her intriguing characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The wow factor works overtime with state-of-the-art effects sequences that often are as beautiful as they are astonishing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Cheadle's fearlessly robust performance absolutely galvanizes Talk to Me, it's not the only thing that makes Kasi Lemmons' third feature such a pleasure to take in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A largely compelling ride on the strength of a powerful cast led by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A pitch-perfect musical comedy that at long last moves the talented John C. Reilly up the billing ladder from second banana to top banana.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Iranian-American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani has followed up his well-received Man Push Cart with another penetrating portrait of life on the outskirts of New York.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As the heart and soul of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor once again impresses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With its dialogue largely improvised by many who had seen extensive combat in Iraq, Battle for Haditha has a gripping authenticity lacking in other similarly themed dramas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Several shades darker in tone than the previous edition -- which, to be fair, didn't carry the burden of expectation that a sequel must bear -- the return to Narnia still casts a transporting spell.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A spare, creepily atmospheric psychological thriller with a death grip on the psychological aspect.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This smartly assembled wake-up call concerning the nation's lousy spending habits proves to be as unexpectedly spirited as it is dispiriting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Had Cameron Crowe and the late John Hughes collaborated on a movie populated by Disney Channel superstars, the result might have looked and sounded a lot like Todd Graff's Bandslam. And that's meant as a compliment.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Gervais and Robinson take what might have been a cute concept comedy and elevate it to delicious heights.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An intense Mel Gibson performance anchors this brutally effective crime thriller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The beautifully acted serio-comedy takes a potentially smirky premise -- a chance dirty phone call between an introverted writer and a persuasive mystery woman becomes a meaningful long-distance relationship -- and turns it into something that really reaches out and touches you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Kells proves that in the increasingly high-tech world of feature animation, there still can be a place for old-time tradition.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Nimbly blending comedy and action -- with an affectionate slo-mo nod to John Woo -- McKay does his best work to date here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The kind of film that makes a truly lasting impression despite its brevity.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Manages to deliver more laughs than most of the competition.

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