Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Michael Rechtshaffen's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Jack Strong (2015) "With its solid performances, nice attention to period detail and a foreboding rumble of a symphonic score by Jan Duszynski, Jack Strong adds a unique Eastern Bloc POV to the enduring Cold War movie arsenal. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 27, 2015
100% Twinsters (2015) "As this cosmopolitan documentary progresses, it migrates from cute and effervescent to seriously affecting. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
57% The Young Kieslowski (2015) "The film taps into some genuine, relatable truths lurking beneath all that try-too-hard quirkiness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
100% Stray Dog (2015) "Expertly playing with our preconceived notions, Granik's multidimensional portrait also serves as a telling state-of-the-union address, as seen through the caring eyes of her philosophical main subject. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 23, 2015
40% Lila & Eve (2015) "A standard-issue female vigilante thriller that's skillfully elevated by the performances of leads Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
28% The Ardor (2015) "A densely atmospheric, Sergio Leone-steeped western that ultimately proves too reverential for its own good. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 16, 2015
57% Meet Me In Montenegro (2015) "It's a wonder the two lead characters in "Meet Me in Montenegro" manage to take in any of the vibrant sights, what with all the navel-gazing that permeates this mopey romantic comedy. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 9, 2015
10% Faith Of Our Fathers (2015) "This evangelical "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam" by way of "The Dukes of Hazzard" takes a mighty ridiculous route to righteousness. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2015
71% Gone Doggy Gone (2015) "The film's oddball assortment of broadly played characters feel like sketch comedy escapees stretched beyond their limits, an attempt to fill the demands of a feature-length canvas. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 25, 2015
47% Manglehorn (2015) "The quirky visual poetry eventually proceeds to work its magic, paving the way for an unexpected final act that cracks open a long-shuttered door on the life of a man who was, in his own words, "losing hope in tomorrow." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
8% Phantom Halo (2015) "This film keeps reaching for cleverness but comes up with a fistful of clichés. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
20% Chagall-Malevich (2015) "Although the results could never be accused of being uneventful, the characters cry out for deeper, more complex dimensions than simply the wide-eyed dreamer and the rhetoric-spewing agitator on display here. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 18, 2015
No Score Yet The Cain Complex "It's not every day you get to see a satanic-revenge home-invasion martial-arts thriller, but should another come along that's as laughably cornball as "The Cain Complex," you'd best hide until it blows over. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2015
81% Results (2015) "The rom-com isn't such a lost cause, after all. It was just waiting for someone like indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski to resuscitate it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
0% United Passions (2015) "Comes across as a squirm-inducing heap of propaganda at its most self-congratulatory. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
25% Beyond The Mask (2015) "[A] stagy, overstuffed costume drama. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 4, 2015
86% Heaven Knows What (2015) "When going for gritty realism, it doesn't hurt to have your lead actress essentially playing herself. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2015
62% Sunset Edge (2015) "A densely atmospheric portrait of disaffected youth by artist-filmmaker Daniel Peddle that flouts preconceived notions at every unconventional turn. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 28, 2015
89% Sunshine Superman (2015) "Director Marah Strauch gives the film an exhilarating uplift of its own. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 21, 2015
No Score Yet Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children's Air and Water "Compared with the other anti-fracking docs that have preceded it, "Groundswell Rising" doesn't dig deeply enough. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
57% Antarctic Edge: 70 South (2015) "Combining those stirringly shot vistas with easy-to-digest scientific fact-finding, the documentary is not so much a call to action as a moving portrait ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
27% Echoes of War (2015) "The somber period western "Echoes of War" retraces some well-traveled moral ground but is invigorated by a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry and William Forsythe. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
65% Reality (2015) "The bizarro plot threads, and dippy characters fail to connect in any rewarding way, resulting in a largely unfunny film that proves as repetitive and tedious as the 1971 Philip Glass snippet that provides its entire score. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
78% The Seven Five (2015) "It would be hard to imagine a more entertaining corrupt-cop documentary than "The Seven Five," a slick and fascinating portrait of disgraced New York policeman Michael Dowd. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 14, 2015
72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) "An energetic, entertainingly assembled documentary portrait ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
89% Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman (2015) "This energetic film satisfyingly brings viewers up to speed on Newman's remarkably enduring career detour. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
86% Noble (2015) "Uneven but nonetheless emotionally gratifying ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 7, 2015
0% Any Day (2015) "A cliché-ridden, heavy-handed redemptive drama written and directed by Rustam Branaman. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
75% Far from Men (2015) "Surprisingly affecting. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 30, 2015
0% Lou! Journal Infime "For anyone who's not a Francophone tween girl, the film likely will be a tedious, precious exercise in indulgence. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
17% Helicopter Mom (2015) "A forced comedy that mines uneasy humor from stale stereotypes. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
67% Revolution (2013) "Stewart, who narrates, ultimately learns that advocacy begins at home. We, unfortunately, learn very little in this Earth Day release that we haven't seen before in more evolved, better focused documentaries. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 23, 2015
100% 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
94% 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
65% 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
36% 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
87% 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
40% 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
96% 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
45% 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
77% 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
50% 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
89% 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
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