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 The LEGO Movie
Lowest review score: 0 I Know Who Killed Me
Score distribution:
1101 movie reviews
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    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately, as cobbled together by writer-director Patrea Patrick, those historical elements, in which grainy black-and-white archival footage is unconvincingly blended with repetitive reenactments, keep distracting from the main attraction, who is prominently featured in candid interviews conducted some years prior to his death in 2018.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What might have been a pertinent, evenhanded examination of the notion of free speech on today’s college campuses wastes little time in exposing an overwhelmingly right-leaning bias in the disappointingly sensationalistic agitprop that is No Safe Spaces.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Enhanced by playful animations, this nicely composed documentary serves as an engagingly honest profile of a driven man and his prodigious movement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the casually demonstrated prep work isn’t for the squeamish, the film’s aptly timed release should ensure viewers never consider their Thanksgiving turkey the same way again.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the film dutifully follows a familiar path to the courtroom, along the way, it serves as a solid demonstration of the fissures that can form when the bonds of friendship are tested against those of familial loyalty.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An undeniably heartfelt if overlong affair, especially for the uninitiated.
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    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The visually poetic film offers an appraisal of Cash’s life and craft that is both painfully candid and often revelatory.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Provides a timely reminder of the once unquestionable value of a shared viewing experience in this era of personal streaming.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately more a curio than a bona fide buried treasure, the forward-thinking production, with its animated opening credits and resourceful use of models, makeup and double exposures, nevertheless serves as a valuable reminder that imagination and creativity needn’t ever be limited by the going technology.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Cutting through the small-town cliche clutter is Kanters’ deeply felt turn.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As wannabe Tarantino misfires go, at least one can say that Avary, who in addition to sharing story credit on “Pulp Fiction” also contributed (uncredited) to “True Romance,” comes by the affectation more honestly than most.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the inherent familiarity, the quietly observed Low Tide, graced by a mournful, undulating score by composers Brooke Blair and Will Blair, nevertheless packs a genuine depth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    With the colorful Allison — he’d fit right into one of KFC’s revolving Colonel spots — and narrator Woody Harrelson at his disposal, Haney could have easily done without all the glossy dramatic recreations and frequent shout-outs to Bristol-Myers Squibb, which occasionally create the undesirable effect of a corporate promo video.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The impact of hearing Danny Glover’s calm voice reading published invitations to lynching parties remains chillingly undiminished.
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    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Esrick’s Cracked Up affectingly peels back the years of protective layers trapping the trauma, revealing a man who has found a semblance of peace after a lifetime of battling demons.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [A] lethargic, hallucinatory mish-mash with matching dialogue that has all the zing of a Wikipedia entry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A gorgeous tone poem that both deepens and personalizes the audio recording, creating a satisfying emotional arc that isn’t as apparent in the collection of 13 fully-orchestrated country-tinged songs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A killer concept falls frustratingly short of the finish line in Empathy, Inc., a dark morality tale that ambitiously casts contemporary technology in a throwback visual setting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The documentary can’t help but feel like a promo piece despite providing some insightful backstage glimpses into its subject’s well-publicized life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although, structurally speaking, the production follows a safely familiar path, it doesn’t require a lot of fancy footwork when you’ve got an enthusiastic on-camera fan base including Bruce Springsteen, Scorsese, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Van Morrison, a terrific storytelling arc, a treasure trove of archival footage and, naturally, those iconic songs.
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    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s hard to imagine a true-life underdog tale more engaging than Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel, a winning David vs. Goliath baseball documentary that covers all the crowd-pleasing bases.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A solidly assembled documentary portrait.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Grafting familiar Disney and DreamWorks tropes onto a tapestry of traditional Chinese legend and lore (the plot is loosely based on a Ming Dynasty-era shenmo novel), the adventure entertains with a title character who could be the spawn of Chucky and Stitch, from “Lilo & Stitch.”
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film is content to sluggishly go through its preordained paces without bothering to take any compelling detours.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While it may not put a fresh spin on the sports documentary format, “Loopers” gives the bag-carrying faithful a well-earned moment in the sun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As Gamal, himself raised in a leper colony, knowingly navigates the uncomfortable glares he encounters along the way, Yomeddine (Arabic for “judgment day”) takes an affecting path toward belonging and acceptance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As the legal proceedings progress, Carracedo and Bahar wisely keep their probing camera trained on the passionate faces of their subjects, allowing their stirring testimonies to take the spotlight.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It isn’t that the sequel, directed by the returning Chris Renaud and again boosted by an energetic voice cast, doesn’t deliver on the genially amusing, if disposable, fluff — it’s just that the shtick-heavy storytelling proves even more undernourished than it was for the first outing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Far more than simply “The Longest Yard” with hoops, the remarkable Q Ball serves as a potent illustration of the redemptive powers of team camaraderie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Carmine Street Guitars is a leisurely Sunday stroll of a documentary.

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