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
88% 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
30% 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
67% 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
76% 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
No Score Yet 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
74% 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
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
66% 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
31% 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
88% 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
46% 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
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
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
43% 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
20% 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
74% 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
67% 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
82% 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
56% 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
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