Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 1,117 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Cinderella Man
Lowest review score: 0 Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Score distribution:
1117 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although Salomé’s lower-key approach to the material occasionally creates the sense that moments of ripe comedy have been left untapped, as well as a low-key ending that might have benefited from a final twist, there’s plenty to appreciate.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Returning director James McGrath and screenwriter Michael McCullers had an opportunity to build on an entirely workable formula, but instead have settled for a frenetic sugar rush of a retread that rapidly wears out its welcome. Pint-sized viewers might be distracted by the noisy, chaotic result, but most others will be hard-pressed to find the proceedings cute and adorable.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the constant shifts between contemporary Toronto and ‘90s New York can at times cause confusion, the film remains firmly rooted in Williams’ quietly powerful, laser-focused performance.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    For an extreme sports documentary, Super Frenchie, tracking the increasingly dangerous exploits of gonzo skier/BASE jumper Matthias Giraud, can’t help but feel benignly pedestrian.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The upshot, deftly blending over-the-top violence and healing crisis management sessions, ultimately ties all the laugh-out-loud audacity and tender sweetness together with a festive Christmas bow
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Inextricably rooted in lead Arndis Hrönn Egilsdöttir’s quietly defiant performance, The County tells an immersive, timeless David vs. Goliath story set against a contemporary backdrop of shifting societal norms.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    If every picture tells a story, the body of work displayed in the hauntingly intriguing documentary “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts” speaks volumes on the life and times of the artist in question.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Norbu charts an inspired, fittingly meditative journey to enlightenment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The delightfully daft, dialogue-driven result makes for a languid farce that mischievously flips a funhouse mirror on jaded audiences to welcome, if fleeting, effect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The Netherlands must be doing something right, and Blank’s generally breezy film, packed with playful Monty Pythonesque animations by Fiely Matias, effectively sums up the contented mood.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Accentuating the unrepentant Freedman (who has a distinctly monochromatic fashion sense) and her fellow interview subjects with fittingly artistic camera compositions, gallery-ready lighting and a refined strings-forward score, Made You Look makes for an exposé that’s suitable for framing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even as the concept of crowdsourcing isn’t as novel as it was at the time of the film’s predecessor and the 90-minute running time can feel unnecessarily expansive given the repetition of those pandemic-related sequences, “Life in a Day 2020” nevertheless serves as a telling time capsule. The world has never felt so compact.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Dispiritingly generic in both appearance and tone.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the muted performances might have benefitted from the occasional more emotionally rooted response and the South Africa locations don’t quite convincingly double for John Ford country, it’s the inertness that ultimately stops Black Beauty in its tracks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A CG-animated musical fantasy that still manages to infuse sufficient charm and genuine warmth into the inescapable familiarity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Miranda de Pencier and writers Graham Yost and Moira Walley-Beckett haven’t dodged hard sociological truths lurking beneath the gentle humor, engaging performances and stirringly photographed tundra, lending The Grizzlies a decisive, transformative edge.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The beautifully rendered result proves to be even more than one had hoped for: a visually dazzling, richly imaginative, emotionally resonant production that taps into contemporary concerns while being true to its distant origins.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jolie, who also serves as producer along with Brigham Taylor and the late Allison Shearmur, invests her fragile pachyderm with a gentle, world-weary wisdom, while Cranston makes you feel his world crumbling beneath him in a performance that could have easily flirted with cartoon villainy in less accomplished hands.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    More aligned to the docudrama stylings of Mike Leigh or Ken Loach than the likes of a “Lean on Me” or “Stand and Deliver,” Harchol’s inspirational film eschews mainstream tropes in favor of a bracingly candid sociological study that has compellingly done its homework.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the Nick Peet-directed film has its cheerfully outrageous moments . . . even mild shock value in the time of an epidemic might not be just what the doctor ordered.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Writer-director Penny . . . has crafted a thoroughly workable and well-informed vehicle, providing a nurturing atmosphere for the unhurried dramatic developments and uniformly gracious performances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the production establishes the requisite lived-in, small town feel, it has also chosen to take its dramatic cue from the seemingly sedated gaze of its lugubrious, aliens-obsessed protagonist, whom Le Gros portrays with a remarkable economy of expended energy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The light but evocative result proves as inviting as a gentle tropical breeze.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite its penetrating handheld camerawork (by Arnau Valls Colomer) and mind-altering sound design, Lost Transmissions never quite manages to tune out the lingering element of self-indulgence.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A Kid from Coney Island proves to be as surprising and affecting as the unorthodox career trajectory of its subject, basketball player Stephon Marbury.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The seductively photographed and well-acted production simply can’t gloss over the inconsistencies in the Scott B. Smith-credited adaptation, which pile up higher than all those discarded cigarette butts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like those cheeky genre-splicing comedies that came before it, the Ahern-Loughman collaboration doesn’t merely goose the boundary between charming and outrageous, it gleefully tramples it into oblivion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A gutter ball of a sophomoric, white middle-age male sex farce fantasy that quickly wears out an already tenuous welcome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Less would have been considerably more in the case of Tread, a needlessly overstuffed documentary chronicling the path that led to a disgruntled muffler repair shop owner going on a remarkable 2004 rampage in a heavily armored bulldozer through the streets of Granby, Colo.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the template may be familiar, the nicely balanced blend of comedy and pathos still hits the mark.

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