Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Hollywood Reporter
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— The Dark Horse " The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2014
73% Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) " Dolphin Tale 2 is another engaging film inspired by the real-life inhabitants of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2014
48% Earth to Echo (2014) " Despite all those echoes of classic '80s sci-fi fantasy adventures, Earth to Echo proves engaging in its own right." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 6, 2014
—— Wild in the Streets (2012) " An engagingly oddball sports documentary that's as much about community as it is about competition." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 4, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is visually energetic but tonally all over the Yellow Brick Road map." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 8, 2014
62% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " Dutifully covering all the requisite inspirational sports movie/fish-out-of-water bases yet still managing to throw a few fresh curves into the mix, Disney's Million Dollar Arm assuredly hits a home run." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 1, 2014
100% Ape (2014) " While the delivery isn't the smoothest, this portrait of a sociopath comic still hits its keenly-observed marks." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 25, 2014
89% Bears (2014) " Another typically engaging, vividly shot entry in the successful Disney wildlife series." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 14, 2014
100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) " You won't be treated to any rousing choruses of "Some Enchanted Evening" in Journey to the South Pacific, but this equally exotic Imax entry proves enchanting in its own right." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 17, 2014
95% The LEGO Movie (2014) " A full-throttle, giddily inventive, all-ages joyride that buoyantly boosts the bar for 3D computer-animated movies." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 3, 2014
10% The Nut Job (2014) " A whimsical period setting helps this 3D animated caper escape some overly familiar trappings." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 14, 2014
24% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " First-rate CG effects do battle with third-rate dialogue in this 3D adventure based on acclaimed BBC series." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 18, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vince Vaughn gives his all as a prolific sperm donor in this fluffy, innocuous comedy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2013
70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " While not as delightfully breezy as the original, an engaging voice cast and hordes of "Foodimals" still manage to serve up a tasty sequel." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 25, 2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 22, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " Despite the more aerodynamic setting, this Cars 3D offshoot emerges as an uninspired retread." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 7, 2013
41% Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013) " The Thor Freudenthal-directed Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which actually runs about 10 minutes shorter than its 2010 predecessor, lacks the energetic zip of the Chris Columbus-helmed installment." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 6, 2013
63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " An engaging, intelligent, character-driven addition to the well-pillaged heist genre." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 22, 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " While the new edition doesn't quite catch that inspired spark, there's still plenty to enjoy here courtesy of those zippy visuals and a pitch-perfect voice cast led by the innately animated Steve Carell." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 17, 2013
64% Epic (2013) " With its secret, magical worlds and legions of evil-battling leafy warriors, there's plenty here to engage young audiences of both genders." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 23, 2013
—— Getting Up: The TEMPT ONE Story Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 9, 2013
37% Dead Man Down (2013) " That crack cast still keeps things involving, especially Rapace's emotionally and physically disfigured Beatrice." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 7, 2013
83% Welcome To Pine Hill (2013) " A tender cinema verite take on one man's quest for spiritual redemption." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 1, 2013
3.5/5 33% Escape From Planet Earth (2013) " What Escape from Planet Earth may lack in novelty, it compensates for with a zippy pace and lively voice characterizations, led by Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sofia Vergara and William Shatner." — Jam! Movies
Posted Feb 15, 2013
18% Parental Guidance (2012) " The end result should appeal to audiences, including bonding grandparents and grandkids, looking for a little undemanding holiday cheer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 24, 2012
31% Chasing Mavericks (2012) " Chasing Mavericks manages to sufficiently overcome the obstacles with admittedly affecting results." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 25, 2012
45% Hotel Transylvania (2012) " A scarily unfunny animated monster movie that goes awry right off the bat." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2012
64% The Campaign (2012) " Ferrell and Galifianakis make for entertaining rivals in a flimsy political satire that too often mistakes bad taste for comic acuity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 6, 2012
87% ParaNorman (2012) " It has its entertaining moments, but this paranormal stop-motion animated comedy-chiller cries out for more activity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 3, 2012
51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " The third time might not be the charm, but this harmless family comedy proves more pleasant than its episodic 2011 installment." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 2, 2012
51% Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012) " The third installment in the "Wimpy Kid" franchise turns out to be not so wimpy after all." — Associated Press
Posted Aug 2, 2012
64% Hit So Hard (2012) " This keenly-observed, if generically-assembled, Grunge-era doc tells the Hole story through the eyes of its successfully rehabbed drummer." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 13, 2012
53% Think Like a Man (2012) " An attractive, game cast helps liven up this handsome but overlong urban rom-com." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 12, 2012
50% Good for Nothing (2012) " Beauty and the Beast meets Sergio Leone in this amusing Western import." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 16, 2012
73% Big Miracle (2012) Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 9, 2012
24% The Samaritan (2012) " A rock solid Samuel L. Jackson adeptly anchors the twists and turns of this noir crime thriller." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 9, 2012
82% A Cat in Paris (2012) " This unexpected Best Animated Feature Oscar nominee is sleek, stylish animated escapade that makes vivid, affecting use of its brief running time." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 9, 2012
85% 21 Jump Street (2012) " Co-directors Lord and Miller keep the comic pace humming along agreeably with the same sort of animated energy they provided for those raining meatballs." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 5, 2012
54% Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012) " Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously-rendered 3D-CG landscape, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2012
25% Act of Valor (2012) " The merging of dramatic re-creations and on-camera "performances" proves less seamlessly executed than those masterfully coordinated land, sea and air missions." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2012
22% Darling Companion (2012) " Lawrence Kasdan's pleasant dramedy boasts a prized ensemble but lacks bite." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 10, 2012
32% Man on a Ledge (2012) " To his credit, director Asger Leth (Ghosts of Cite Soleil) gets right to the business at hand where the set-up is concerned, but it's in the execution that this would-be thriller falls flat." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2012
6% The Devil Inside (2012) " Proves as scary and unsettling as a slab of devil's food cake - only considerably less satisfying." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 6, 2012
12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011) " Well, at least it isn't in 3D." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 14, 2011
7% New Year's Eve (2011) " The result proves to be as appealing and effervescent as a flute of flat champagne." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 6, 2011
—— Nothing Special (2011) " Artificiality prevents this trite mother-daughter dramedy from hitting home." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2011
91% Arthur Christmas (2011) " Leave it to the folks who brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 10, 2011
13% The Greening Of Whitney Brown (2011) " Mild tween fare that would have been more at home on the small screen." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 9, 2011
—— Light of Mine Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 8, 2011
27% Dirty Girl (2011) " A sweet 'n' sassy period comedy with a Juno sensibility and the soul of a Little Miss Sunshine." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 5, 2011
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