Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 1,022 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 37% 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: 56
Highest review score: 100 Land of the Dead
Lowest review score: 0 Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Score distribution:
1022 movie reviews
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Unfortunately Marryshow, in his various capacities, has neglected to instill his terminally obnoxious character with a vital shred of audience empathy, let alone to provide sufficient comedic beats that would have better engaged his thoughtfully diverse cast.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately coming across more like a bloated, corporate infomercial, Beers of Joy will undoubtedly leave only those who know their ABV (Alcohol by Volume) from their IBU (International Bittering Units) thirsty for more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Stewart didn’t live to see the enactment of a new California law last fall that will see the phasing out of the practice already banned elsewhere in the world, his passionate documentary, boasting stirring underwater photography and an equally poignant Jonathan Goldsmith score, speaks urgently on his behalf.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pig
    With its parade of finger-pointing vloggers, picture-posting stalkers and hijab-wearing, smartphone-clutching schoolgirls, Pig (“Khook”) makes it savagely clear Western society hasn’t cornered the market on selfie-centered behavior.
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    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A committed cast fails to elevate Beneath the Leaves, an otherwise draggy and derivative thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    For every poignant keeper...there’s a clunker.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even as it treads on familiar Stephen King (“The Mist”) and John Carpenter (“The Fog”) territory, the film has moments that will leave you gasping for oxygen — as long as you choose to avoid all those gaping plot holes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Replaying many of the visual gags that worked so amusingly before, the latest edition proves every bit as repetitive and uninspired as its glib title, bringing little that’s fresh or funny to the interlocking brick table despite boasting a script penned by originators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    It’s all quite amusing up to a point, but unfortunately that point arrives early on in this practically two-hour-long take on a one-gag premise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    There’s the kernel of an intriguing political thriller buried beneath all the strained exposition and pompous speechifying enveloping An Acceptable Loss, but writer-director Joe Chappelle never manages to find it.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Hernández ultimately fails to inject sufficient empathy into his moody character, while all those alternating flashbacks and episodes of delirium take a toll on the film’s ability to maintain a firm grip of its own on viewer engagement.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Genesis 2.0, the prehistoric past and the near future intersect at a most intriguing — and disturbing — juncture.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film, which debuted last year at Sundance, covers considerable, resonant socio-political ground while being anchored by the compelling performances of its’ leads.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pulling off a rare three-peat, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a tender, spirited coming-of-age CG-animated feature that proves every bit as emotionally resonant and artistically rendered as its 2010 and 2014 predecessors, if not even more so.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A disturbing portrait of the substantial emotional and physical price exacted when mental illness hits devastatingly close to home.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Amid the despair, Spitak nevertheless offers a glimmer of hope in the bleakness.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Oliver Parker’s Swimming with Men is a lazily formulaic male-bonding comedy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As savagely satirical as it is gorgeously surreal, The Great Buddha+ is something else again — an outrageous, poignant punk Taiwanese black comedy marking the feature arrival of fresh filmmaking talent Huang Hsin-Yao.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Robert Townsend’s reflective Making the Five Heartbeats serves as an illuminating documentary detailing the considerable passion and perseverance that went into bringing his dream project to the big screen.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Andy Serkis' decidedly non-Disney Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle may have intended to offer a darker, grittier take on the classic Kipling stories, but the end result proves to be more of a murky muddle.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    [An] enlightening, life-affirming documentary.
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    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The jumble occupies an unfortunate space situated somewhere between the ponderously pretentious and the just plain ridiculous.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    They Fight, produced by Common and energized by an inspirational hip-hop soundtrack, serves as a vital reminder that often the battle can be more important than the inevitable outcome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Neither long nor dumb, Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road is in reality a terrifically entertaining odd couple road comedy expertly navigated by costars Tony Revolori and Jason Mantzoukas.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Elgort, whose big breakout role was in last year’s “Baby Driver,” does a decent job of delineating the two characters and Patricia Clarkson reliably comes through as their sympathetic doctor, the clinically distancing production never forms a meaningful bond with its audience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A turbo-charged satire that swaps out Gen X video arcade nostalgia for our current, all-consuming social-media-fueled obsession, the endlessly inventive Walt Disney Studios Animation follow-up impressively levels up with laugh-out-loud consistency.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    What the production may have lost in a “nasty-wasty skunk” of an antagonist, it gains in an inspired voice cast (led by Benedict Cumberbatch) and a dazzlingly merry and bright visual palette.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Factoring in the flat narration by Clarke and some awfully hokey visual effects, Better Angels would have benefited from better angles.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Focusing on the last 15 years in the life of mercurial actor-director Orson Welles, the bulk of which was spent trying to complete his passion project, “The Other Side of the Wind,” the impeccably assembled production employs Neville’s virtuoso touch to provocative effect.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Of the many premium 2018 documentaries on tap, Brewmaster may not pack one of the bigger buzzes, but it certainly goes down easy.

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