Michael Rechtshaffen

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For 1,095 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: 56
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story
Lowest review score: 0 Natural Selection
Score distribution:
1095 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Writer-director Penny . . . has crafted a thoroughly workable and well-informed vehicle, providing a nurturing atmosphere for the unhurried dramatic developments and uniformly gracious performances.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Although the production establishes the requisite lived-in, small town feel, it has also chosen to take its dramatic cue from the seemingly sedated gaze of its lugubrious, aliens-obsessed protagonist, whom Le Gros portrays with a remarkable economy of expended energy.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The light but evocative result proves as inviting as a gentle tropical breeze.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Despite its penetrating handheld camerawork (by Arnau Valls Colomer) and mind-altering sound design, Lost Transmissions never quite manages to tune out the lingering element of self-indulgence.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A Kid from Coney Island proves to be as surprising and affecting as the unorthodox career trajectory of its subject, basketball player Stephon Marbury.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The seductively photographed and well-acted production simply can’t gloss over the inconsistencies in the Scott B. Smith-credited adaptation, which pile up higher than all those discarded cigarette butts.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Like those cheeky genre-splicing comedies that came before it, the Ahern-Loughman collaboration doesn’t merely goose the boundary between charming and outrageous, it gleefully tramples it into oblivion.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A gutter ball of a sophomoric, white middle-age male sex farce fantasy that quickly wears out an already tenuous welcome.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Less would have been considerably more in the case of Tread, a needlessly overstuffed documentary chronicling the path that led to a disgruntled muffler repair shop owner going on a remarkable 2004 rampage in a heavily armored bulldozer through the streets of Granby, Colo.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the template may be familiar, the nicely balanced blend of comedy and pathos still hits the mark.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Those anticipating something more traditionally calibrated will likely be disappointed with the film’s muted thrills and noncommittal denouement, but the elegantly composed film nevertheless makes for a creepy, contemplative entry in the Cristofer canon.
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    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Ultimately, just as the events tread a fine line between fantasy and reality, so does the film teeter precipitously between promise and pretense.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    At once frank, tender and unapologetically funny, Come as You Are is a sweet surprise.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A probing though ponderously episodic drama that ultimately feels as stitched together as Sawchuk’s frequently unmasked mug.
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    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    By the time the film finally gets to Fletcher’s dark and stormy, death-defying stunt, its greater liability is a talking heads-intensive structure aimed squarely at aficionados while certain to leave the uninitiated a little surf-bored.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Michael Rechtshaffen
    John Henry is a lead-footed revenge thriller that lands with all the subtlety of the mighty steel-driving man’s sledgehammer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Director McMillin effectively interweaves the involving profiles into the lead-up to the big game, as the young players deal with the pressures placed on them by their respective schools and the expectations of family members, some facing the threat of deportation and other realities of living in Trump-era America.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While Long gives it his trademark amiable best and Klabin and longtime collaborator Patrick Lawler cook up a heady cocktail of lively though budget-conscious visual effects, at the end of the day the Carl W. Lucas script feels more like a concept pitch than a fully-plotted proposition.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While German actor Fürmann and especially Kingsley engage in a nimbly calculated game of cat and mouse, the film’s coup de grace fails to land with the intended punch.
    • 7 Metascore
    • 10 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Even ignoring the fact that it was completed back in 2017, Reality Queen! a punishingly shrill, unfunny mockumentary about a social media darling of a Paris Hilton-type celebutante, can’t help but feel totally so yesterday.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    Playfully taunting title aside, Mullinkosson’s film is an affectionate portrait of a fraternal bond that no tribal council could ever tear apart.
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    • 60 Michael Rechtshaffen
    While the escalation in anti-Semitic violence and rhetoric is justifiably alarming, Hate Among Us, which spends a lot of screen time covering attacks in Paris and Berlin, would have made for more incisive viewing had its exploratory journey kicked off closer to home.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Michael Rechtshaffen
    In Mob Town, the cast’s definitely got the goods, but the writing and direction consistently fail to seal the deal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael Rechtshaffen
    A penetrating, mournful portrait of sexual identity in contemporary Guatemala City.
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    • 70 Michael Rechtshaffen
    The film effectively illustrates how the words “Most Likely to Succeed,” written under a yearbook photo can serve as both a cheering vote of confidence and an awfully daunting expectation.
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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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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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