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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Score distribution:
1101 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Nye's openness extends to a clear-eyed examination of his personal life — one which has often taken a back seat to his career pursuits, impacting his ability to sustain meaningful relationships.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The documentary by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger is big on enthusiasm though it ultimately lacks depth.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A wincingly unfunny comedy caper.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While visually dynamic, Lightning McQueen’s newest challenge still feels out of alignment with a languid end result that lacks sufficient forward momentum.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    An ethnically diverse cast and authentic New York locations help to effectively ground Lucky, a palpably gritty, if familiar, take on the immigrant experience.
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    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The affecting work by Almanzar, Rodriguez and the rest of the ensemble in this immersive film tenderly speaks for itself.
    • 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.
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    • 0 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Falling just short of being so bad it’s good, Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter is a shameless low-budget “Terminator”/“Star Wars”/“Mad Max” knock-off that will have to settle for being merely godawful.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even with 15 minutes excised from its original running time, and stirringly photographed and well-acted, the film fails to deliver on a sense of mounting tension or convincingly staged battle sequences.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the absence of a sturdier storyline and more dimensional characters, the manic, rapid-fire delivery, while yielding some well-deserved laughs, proves more exhausting than inspired.
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    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Amounting to two-plus hours of conspiracy theorist porn, The American Media & the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, directed and narrated by John Barbour, proves to be as long-winded as its accusatory title.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director Piscatella maintains an engaging grip on his unassuming subject’s ascendancy.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    By now Bowers, who also directed the last two Wimpy Kid movies, knows how to choreograph the inherent chaos for optimal giggles, even if many of the book’s more satirical elements have been swapped out for broader slapstick.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Rather than pulling the viewer in, all the inter-cutting between the barren stage and the barren desert ultimately has a distancing, artificial effect that waters down much of the dramatic potency generated by the shared experience of a live performance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [An] endlessly fascinating, bracingly up-to-the-minute Netflix documentary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Healy is never able to find an absorbing middle ground in Mike Makowsky’s script, vacillating gratingly between shrill farce and murky thriller that flails its way toward an intended twist-ending that really shouldn’t surprise anyone.
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    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While a lot of gunfire ensues, Jesse Gustafson’s mechanical direction and Guy Stevenson’s cut-and-paste script shoot laughably hollow blanks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Marino...is equally at home directing the broader physical comedy and sweeter bonding sequences between Maximo and Hugo, even as the overlong film's two distinct personalities never manage to coalesce into a self-contained whole.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As choreographed by director Moon Hyun-Sung, the adventure seldom gets sufficiently up to speed, and on the occasions it threatens to come to life, the pedestrian action sequences fail to compensate for that lethargic pace.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately, neither narrative receives sufficient attention, robbing the subjects and that unique p.o.v. of the focus and urgency that lent the previous two films their undeniable potency.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There’s scant evidence of any creative spark in Spark: A Space Tail, a thoroughly generic, unremittingly charmless computer-animated adventure.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo is a well-crafted, revealing British documentary.
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    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This lifeless serving of soggy pulp packs all the gritty authenticity of a gummy vitamin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Tapping into that transitional juncture where limitless possibility crosses paths with nagging uncertainty, filmmaker Michal Marczak adroitly captures the youthful, restless spirit cradled within the pulsating beat of its immersive, ambient soundtrack.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 0 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There’s howlingly awful and then there’s The Assignment, a thoroughly ridiculous, numbingly slow neo-noir thriller.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Two tedious hours later, the sensation of doing time is all too tangible.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In attempting to address its many concerns, the film’s agreeable, lightly satirical tone gives way to increasingly didactic dialogue and a stalling pace.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although her colorful life would reach a tragic, decidedly pulpy end, Leo plays it to the absolute hilt.... Unfortunately, the other characters and the vehicle that supports her turn out to be less satisfyingly dimensional.

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