Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 960 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael Rechtshaffen's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 56
Highest review score: 100 The Far Side of the Moon
Lowest review score: 0 Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter
Score distribution:
960 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Making a late appearance in the Iraq War movie cycle, the impressively acted “The Yellow Birds” manages to leave an affecting mark even as it constantly struggles to find a distinctive voice of its own.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    You don’t need to be well-versed in rom-coms to know that, in the process, Harper and Charlie will ultimately fall into each other’s arms, but getting there proves to be a slog courtesy of screenwriter Katie Silberman’s talky, sitcom-ready dialogue and director Claire Scanlon’s ponderously uneven pacing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While it scratches an admittedly reflective surface, you keep hoping the nicely photographed Maineland would have dug a bit deeper.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like its developmentally-arrested, misbehaving man-children, the long-shelved source material hasn’t aged particularly well.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film probes that tricky-to-reconcile bridge between honoring the fallen and moving forward.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Awe-inspiring visuals and equally stirring orchestrations combine to fittingly majestic effect in Mountain, a unique portrait of mankind's enduring fascination with the world's most formidable summits.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    And thanks to some creative character casting and a self-aware script that isn't averse to poking fun at itself, Show Dogs emerges as a high-concept family comedy that manages to avoid being taken for the runt of the litter, even if it doesn't really bring anything fresh and different to the arena.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Carrey's quietly exacting, uncharacteristic performance, though not qualifying as a saving grace, hints at some promising new career directions in the same manner Robin Williams successfully tapped a darker side with "One Hour Photo." All Carrey needs now is a better film.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite the intermittent lags, the production proves to be more than a salvage operation thanks mainly to those engagingly choreographed performances, led by an irresistibly charismatic title turn from Alden Ehrenreich who ultimately claims Solo as his own even if he doesn’t entirely manage to convince us he’s Harrison Ford.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The key to every successful comedy, romantic and otherwise, is having central characters who are likable or at least relatable to some degree. It's a basic concept that's lost on writer-director Max Heller's Born Guilty, a shrill urban relationship satire whose lead protagonists are so insufferably self-centered and whiny, there's little hope for redemption.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While it might not bring much that's new to the coming-of-age playbook, British filmmaker Jim Loach's sensitively-observed dramedy, Measure of a Man, offers decisive proof that fresh and different is overrated when you've got a strong cast, a beautifully written script and fittingly measured direction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Kean's perceptive film does an effective job of keeping their moving, lucid observations vitally alive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Among the more glaring issues are performances that sound distractingly contemporary and obvious budget constraints that serve to suffocate the overly talky chamber piece instead of providing much-needed breathing room.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    This mannered character study comes across as more affected than affecting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although James' muted performance comes across as a bit lifeless alongside Kingsley's more colorful, masterfully modulated turn, the characterizations nevertheless allow for satisfyingly complex, real-world renderings of conventional heroes and villains.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While clearly aiming for R-rated irreverence, the script, penned by former Kevin Smith assistant Knutson, along with Andy Snipes and Dana Snyder, proceeds to hurl a tired barrage of obnoxious sexist/racist/homophobic sludge, with humor that seldom rises above crotch level.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the prospect of watching a mash-up of "La La Land" and Martin Scorsese's "After Hours" holds promise, director-writer Josh Klausner, in a departure from his screenplays for "Shrek Forever After" and "Date Night," opts instead for offbeat spiritual enlightenment, but is unable to sustain a delicate tone that becomes increasingly twee as it goes along.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the slim sampler platter would be more at home on an "Exorcist" commemorative DVD release, the documentary, accentuated with unnerving bursts of music sampled from the works of neoromantic composer Christopher Rouse, should placate the rabid fan base.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As wildly inventive as it is empowering.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Visually atmospheric but tonally all over the place, Hot Summer Nights, a first feature by Elijah Bynum, has much to appreciate but ultimately possesses the sampler-platter vibe of a director’s demo reel.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Vikander and McAvoy are two undeniably photogenic actors who also radiate considerable intelligence, their best efforts are lost in the claustrophobic environment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Co-directors David Douglas and Drew Fellman achieve the ideal balance of tender storytelling delivered with a conservationist message. But it’s ultimately the visual experience offered that sets Pandas apart from the titles in the impressive wildlife series from Disneynature.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The old debate over nature versus nurture is played for (sporadic) laughs in Birthmarked, a satire that's unable to deliver on a promising hypothesis.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Thanks to its star's all-in commitment, the overtly maudlin film works better than it should, particularly sequences in which octogenarian Reynolds is dropped into "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Deliverance" and converses philosophically with his younger self.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While undeniably a rough-around-the-edges first feature, there's something so appealingly genuine about Arkansas-based Justin Warren's loosely autobiographical Then There Was Joe, that you're willing to forgive the shortcomings.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Simply put, Sherlock Gnomes is a dreadful bore.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The guys occasionally over-reach for irreverence, director and fellow "Workaholics" veteran Kyle Newacheck mainly succeeds in delivering the most defiantly outrageous farce since "Borat."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Coming up short on tension and long on talky exposition, Josie emerges as a Southern-fried dramatic thriller that fails to deliver the pulpy goods despite a nicely rooted Dylan McDermott lead performance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the plight of immigrants has been extensively documented on screen, filmmaker Amari, with her skillful fourth feature, juxtaposes Samia's experience against a moody journey of self-discovery accentuated by cinematographer Aurélien Devaux's surreal images (particularly the haunting opening shipwreck sequence) and an unsettling Nicolas Becker score.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While those vibrant Vietnamese backdrops make for an enticing tourism pitch, audiences are advised to skip this girls trip.

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