Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 1,101 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 7.4 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 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
1101 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With "instant classic" written all over it, Toy Story, the first full-length feature entirely composed of computer-generated animation, is a visually astounding, wildly inventive winner.
    • 94 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A sweeping romantic epic with a strong feminist backbone, the thoroughly entertaining Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon also happens to boast a generous offering of seriously kick-ass action sequences that make 'The Matrix' seem downright quaint by comparison.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Woody, Buzz and playmates make a thoroughly engaging, emotionally satisfying return.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A harrowing World War II epic about the struggle to uphold decency in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, the visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion — often during the same sequence — that will leave viewers silently shaken.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Alternately disturbing, laceratingly satirical and affectingly poignant, the film, which he adapted from the novel, Towelhead, by Alicia Erian, is very much a companion piece to the Ball-penned "American Beauty" in its unwavering examination of the dirty little secrets and raging hypocrisies lurking just beyond all those manicured suburban lawns.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    May not offer up any fresh revelations, but this effectively assembled documentary puts it all in valuable, if depressing, perspective.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Up
    Winsome, touching and arguably the funniest Pixar effort ever, the gorgeously rendered, high-flying adventure is a tidy 90-minute distillation of all the signature touches that came before it.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's business as usual at Camp Crystal Lake, with very little in the way of fresh jolts or an innovative visual style that would have really revitalized the hokey franchise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film is at its most potent delineating Hefner's role in the American civil rights movement, going beyond the pages of his magazine.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately, where episodes of the series used to take their cue from a question posed by one of Carrie's columns, writer-director Michael Patrick King never finds that focus, and Sex and the City loses its tart edge in the process.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It's a safe bet that exposure to the film should cause audiences to make room on their iPods for some serious downloading.
    • 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.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A towering heap of nihilistic nonsense that plays like a cornball "Children of God."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There's a veil of artifice clinging to every aspect of The Lovers, a thoroughly unconvincing time-traveling epic costume drama pairing a miscast Josh Hartnett and Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film probes that tricky-to-reconcile bridge between honoring the fallen and moving forward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Representing a dazzling artistic leap forward for LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio’s fourth feature — and first full-blown fantasy — is an eye-popping delight that deftly blends colorful folklore with gorgeous, origami-informed visuals to immersive effect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hartley's kooky cosmopolitan caper can never be accused of slumming, but the shift from dry, offbeat wit to politically charged drama is a little jarring, to say the least; it's a bit like taking in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" and having it morph mid-way through into "Shadows and Fog."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As informational as it is inspirational, Patrick Creadon’s Hesburgh is a thoroughly engaging documentary chronicle of the life and turbulent times of longtime Notre Dame president Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, whose tenure coincided with a particularly pivotal stretch of American history.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite focusing entirely on a single individual speaking into a headset in a Danish emergency call center, The Guilty nevertheless emerges as a twisty crime thriller that’s every bit as pulse-pounding and involving as its action-oriented, adrenaline-soaked counterparts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s a non-stop blast from beginning to end, jam-packed with a wacky irreverence, dazzling state-of-the-art CGI (courtesy of Animal Logic) and a pitch-perfect voice cast headed by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Ferrell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Raimi's still very much up to his old tricks, retaining that deliriously over-the-top brand of Grand Guignol horror that he had abandoned by the mid-'90s in pursuit of other genres.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Henner and Begley bring a seasoned ease to their secondary roles, their presence, and that of a lively Zach McGowan as Cassidy’s drug-dealing ex, can’t compensate for wobbly dramatic stakes and glib main characters who don’t lend themselves to audience empathy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael Rechtshaffen
    U2 3D takes the well-traveled concert film to exhilarating new heights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As captured through the ceaselessly unflinching lens of Sharif’s borrowed video camera, Nowhere to Hide offers an uneasy prognosis that is at once graphically gut-wrenching and doggedly life-affirming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Refreshingly devoid of talking animals and anthropomorphic vehicles, Ann Marie Fleming’s Window Horses is a lovely surprise of a stirringly original animated feature.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Its release calculated to coincide with the X Games, Supercross: The Movie is advertainment to the extreme.

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