Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Song From The Forest (2015) "A strikingly poetic documentary that illustrates the push and pull of life's opposing forces. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
93% Monkey Kingdom (2015) "The film offers a valuable life lesson in the powers of determination and timing, but most of all it's darned entertaining. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2015
67% The Riot Club (Posh) (2015) "Although the performances are uniformly on point and the dialogue is tartly British, the film ultimately fails to earn its riotous stripes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
No Score Yet Candlestick (2015) "Unfortunately, Presswell's direction and his writing (with Andras Forgacs W.) simply aren't up to the task at hand. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 9, 2015
22% Can't Stand Losing You (2015) "Summers' big-screen take on those ongoing group tensions surrounding Sting's reluctance to be considered a career team player constantly strikes a by now all-too-familiar, predominantly sour, chord. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2015
92% Lambert & Stamp (2015) "Although Lambert .. died in 1981, his presence is felt in the rich archival footage and the perceptive on-screen accounts that compellingly demonstrate the alchemy that can transpire when kismet and perseverance intersect ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
No Score Yet My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes (2015) "Jacoby's carefully crafted film deftly blends archival footage with dramatic re-creations and interviews with surviving family members to illuminating effect. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
No Score Yet The Forecaster ""The Forecaster," a documentary study of the rise and fall of commodities advisor Martin Armstrong, would have paid greater dividends by taking a more impartial approach to its subject. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 2, 2015
No Score Yet Three Holes, Two Brads, and a Smoking Gun "Director Hilarion Banks dutifully captures all of it in a series of nicely shot extended takes, which would have been fine if the cast had been able to interact in some sort of uniform tone. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 26, 2015
22% Tracers (2015) "As long as it shuts up and keeps moving, "Tracers" makes for a sufficiently diverting, not to mention zero-emission, vehicle. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
20% Earth's Golden Playground (2015) "Horvath ... records every wind-swept activity with geological precision, but he dispenses with any sociological context regarding what continues to be a highly male-centric conceit. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 19, 2015
40% Allure (2015) "This portrait of strong, independent women grappling with change in their individual lives holds initial allure, but the effect proves ephemeral. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
95% It Follows (2015) "[A] smart, relentlessly chilling thriller that opts for originality over cheaply rejiggered jolts. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
9% The Lovers (2015) "There's a veil of artifice clinging to every aspect of "The Lovers," a thoroughly unconvincing time-traveling epic costume drama pairing a miscast Josh Hartnett and Bollywood beauty Bipasha Basu. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 12, 2015
47% Home (2015) "There may be no place like home, but there are a lot of places like Home, an animated adventure about the unlikely friendship between a lonely girl and an alien misfit that can't help but feel familiar. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 9, 2015
75% That Guy Dick Miller (2015) "While the end result feels a tad overstuffed at 92 minutes, it's entirely understandable if, after more than half a century of being identified as "that guy," Miller's in no hurry to relinquish the spotlight. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
40% On The Way To School (2015) "Dispensing with any heated rhetoric about the sorry state of education, director Pascal Plisson instead allows this quartet of beautifully photographed incredible journeys speak inspirational volumes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
88% Buzzard (2015) "Tough to categorize, tougher to shrug off, "Buzzard" firmly places young indie filmmaker Joel Potrykus on the ones-to-watch list. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
84% Wild Canaries (2015) "Attempting to capture the screwball essence of the old-school suspense-comedy ... Lawrence Michael Levine's flighty "Wild Canaries" lacks the filmmaking discipline required to pay effective homage. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 5, 2015
No Score Yet Roxie (2015) "It's so rare for an American film to boast a pair of 60-year-old protagonists, you wish "Roxie" had been much better than the squirm-inducing, aging-white-male fantasy that emerges. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
20% Ana Maria in Novela Land (2015) "The script, co-written by director Georgina Garcia Riedel and Jose Nestor Marquez, plays like a first draft that misses out on comic opportunities. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
82% Kung Fu Elliot (2015) "An entertaining documentary following two years in the life of an idealistic amateur filmmaker intent on becoming Canada's first action hero. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 26, 2015
21% Old Fashioned (2015) "Disturbing is the film's apparent conviction that the surefire way to a woman's heart involves lots of candles and a mani-pedi, the sort of notion that isn't so much cute and old-fashioned as it is acutely offensive. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
96% What We Do In The Shadows (2015) "Just when it looked like the vampire genre had been bled dry, along comes the insanely inspired horror-satire "What We Do in the Shadows" to give it fresh bite. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2015
No Score Yet Pass the Light (2015) "A faith-based inspirational drama that plays like an after-Sunday-school special. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
No Score Yet One Small Hitch (2015) "Frantic and flagrantly formulaic, this forced farce about a sham engagement sacrifices plot credibility and character motivation for stale humor and cheap setups. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 5, 2015
78% The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015) "While it has plenty of zany moments, SpongeBob's second feature outing proves less absorbing than the first. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 1, 2015
56% Suburban Gothic (2015) ""Suburban Gothic" misses the mark, but thanks largely to its cult-worthy cast, the miss can still be fun. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
18% Alien Outpost (2015) "The film looks as though the bulk of the budget was reserved for ammo. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 29, 2015
72% TinkerBell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015) "There's little that feels direct-to-video about this lively, surprisingly cinematic CG adventure. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2015
63% Against The Sun (2015) "All three actors turn in solid, committed performances despite physically limiting surroundings, even as you're left with the inescapable feeling that this raft has sailed. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2015
81% Black Sea (2015) "Jude Law makes for an effective rogue submarine captain in "Black Sea," a fittingly immersive thriller, tautly directed by Kevin MacDonald. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
No Score Yet The Principle (2014) "A documentary that too often feels manipulatively Machiavellian in its presentation of all those "irrefutable" facts and findings. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 22, 2015
18% Strange Magic (2015) "A shrill, garish hodgepodge of familiar elements from other animated vehicles (most evidently 2013's Epic), there's virtually nothing about this forced, fractured fairy tale that feels remotely fresh or involving. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2015
No Score Yet The Phoenix Project (2015) "A technically impressive but talky sci-fi drama that never quite comes to life. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2015
54% Spare Parts (2015) "While the appropriately titled "Spare Parts" might feel like it has been assembled from bits and pieces of other inspirational movies, that doesn't mean the fact-based drama is any less effective ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 17, 2015
No Score Yet Druid Peak (2015) "While undeniably gorgeous, at some point all those sweeping vistas can't help but feel like a pitch for Wyoming tourism. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 11, 2015
60% Ode to my Father (2014) "Tugging shamelessly yet persuasively on the heartstrings, "Ode to My Father" is an epic South Korean melodrama capturing more than half a century of recent history through the eyes of an everyman shopkeeper. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 8, 2015
94% The Search For General Tso (2015) "A culinary and cultural odyssey that ultimately has much more on its plate than that spicy-sweet-crispy chicken. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 1, 2015
60% Goodbye to All That (2014) "A charming supporting cast fails to invigorate "Goodbye to All That," a relentlessly flat seriocomic take on contemporary relationships marking the directorial debut of "Junebug" scribe Angus MacLachlan. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 23, 2014
67% The Barefoot Artist (2014) "A poignant documentary about the transformative power of art. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 18, 2014
No Score Yet Anything for Alice (2014) ""Anything for Alice" handily demonstrates how there's no need to divert from the dog-eared romantic-comedy playbook when you've got a pair of ace players in your corner. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2014
50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Time to hang up the "Closed for Renovation" sign. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2014
No Score Yet Do You Know What My Name Is? (2014) "Despite the limited scope, the documentary, made for Japanese TV, puts a smile on the lips - and hope in the heart. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 11, 2014
70% The Immortalists (2014) "The age-old search for the fountain of youth is engagingly appraised in "The Immortalists," a lively documentary focusing on a pair of very different biomedical scientists who are equally obsessed with eradicating the ravages of time. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 10, 2014
No Score Yet Me ""Me" lends a thoroughly unflattering name to the term "vanity project." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 9, 2014
88% Remote Area Medical (2014) "Although the documentary can feel like a volunteer instructional video at times, the faces on those who have fallen through the cracks in the system speak volumes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2014
30% Murder of a Cat (2014) "A dead pet isn't the only inert element of "Murder of a Cat," a plodding comic caper that fails to deliver. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
No Score Yet Panic 5 Bravo (2014) "Inept on every level, "Panic 5 Bravo" is a virtually unwatchable, blood-soaked crime drama serving as the writing-directing debut of actor Kuno Becker. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 4, 2014
100% Flamenco, Flamenco "You don't have to speak the language to get drawn into the captivating performances - or set your toes tapping. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2014
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