Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 969 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 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 The Assignment
Score distribution:
969 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie transcends the trippy nostalgia to deliver a moving message about the healing power of reconciliation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Beautifully performed and penetratingly photographed, Jalilvand’s assured second feature bears the probing precision of one of those meticulous autopsies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In interposing haunting footage of the destructive wake of the Fukushima tragedy with Sakamoto’s evident, childlike delight in coming up with the perfect tonal combinations, the film serves as a stirringly poetic meditation on the pursuit of creation in the face of mortality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Mott, who started out in Hollywood working in the fabled William Morris Agency mailroom, nimbly choreographs all the updating, resulting in a breezy, cute-and-clever confection that’s tailor-made for a sultry midsummer’s night.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Pure gold, no Whammies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Given all the intriguing stuff he had at his disposal...it’s a shame Berman isn’t able to bring the enigmatic man of the hour (plus 17 minutes) into greater focus.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite its undeniable visual artistry, the latest incarnation of White Fang fails to leave a lasting indentation.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In the absence of more intricate, involving plotting, the tongue-in-cheek characterizations and eye-catching production design only take things so far, and the novelty begins wearing off well before that dog-eared copy of “6 Dynamic Laws” reveals its final chapter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the always affable Rudd is up to the more serious task at hand, the overly studied direction by Australian Ben Lewin frustratingly keeps the audience at arm’s length from both its lead and that surprising chain of events, which feel as palpably pieced together as the stitching on Berg’s baseballs.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 80 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    As wildly inventive as it is empowering.
    • 44 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.

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