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Michael Rechtshaffen

Michael Rechtshaffen
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
41% Kicking & Screaming (2005) Laughs-wise, it lacks the raucous edge of an Old School or Anchorman or the retro charm of an Elf, but there's still plenty of Will-power to fuel this likable underdog trifle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) While the long-awaited movie version has some trouble sustaining the blissfully ironic, witty irreverence that was the Adams sensibility, the fact that it hits the nail on the head to the extent it does should come as great relief to the legions of fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 26, 2005
64% Ladies in Lavender (2005) There is nothing like a couple of dames -- especially when the ladies in question happen to be the divine Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 21, 2004
31% The Longest Yard (2005) More Mirth Machine than Mean Machine, this agreeable remake still manages to go the distance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 23, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) A superbly acted, beautifully shot, highly engaging drama that ranks as one of Howard's best efforts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2005
77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) Director Ken Kwapis coaxes convincing performances out of his youthful cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2005
59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) Explosively funny.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2005
74% Land of the Dead (2005) The latest installment could well be Romero's masterpiece.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 20, 2005
49% Bad News Bears (2005) Glenn Ficarra & John Requa's respectfully faithful script and Linklater's typically unforced directing style combine to generate many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 15, 2005
54% The Devil's Rejects (2005) Gets the cult midnight movie vibe down cold.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 7, 2005
64% Saint Ralph (2005) A tart and tender comedy that pulls off a little miracle of its own by being genuinely heartwarming without leaving any cloyingly sticky emotional residue.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 4, 2005
9% Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) What is most annoying is the sequel's capability of inducing laughter even as one hates oneself for so easily succumbing to the total silliness of it all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 12, 2005
84% De zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (2005) Thanks to Erik Van Looy's potent direction and solid performances, that setup pays off handsomely.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 25, 2005
81% Keane (2005) Keane maintains its gritty, unsettling edge as it quietly leads up to a potentially even more troubling finale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 19, 2004
66% Everything is Illuminated (2005) A considerably scaled down version that still effectively retains the book's warm eccentricity and gently persuasive sentimentality.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2005
37% Chicken Little (2005) A consistently amusing, often inspired family romp.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 31, 2005
80% Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) On the heels of 1999's The Tigger Movie and 2003's Piglet's Big Movie, Pooh's Heffalump Movie is by far the best of the DisneyToon Studios bunch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 10, 2005
52% Ice Princess (2005) Ice Princess proves that it's still possible to teach an old formula a few new tricks.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 18, 2005
76% Rugrats in Paris - The Movie (2000) The character work is strong, and the celebrity recruits are fun.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) Resistance is futile. It's impossible not to be swept up into the uplifting world of Mad Hot Ballroom.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) A deeper, darker, visually arresting and more emotionally satisfying adaptation of the J.K. Rowling literary phenomenon.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2004
62% Chocolat (2000) A charming confection of a comic fable graced by an abundance of delectable performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2000
92% Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie (2003) You don't need to own a pickup truck or know how to use the word 'aorta' in a sentence ... in order to appreciate the amiable humor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 26, 2003
42% Guess Who (2005) Mix in a pair of inspired performances by Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher, and you've got a certified crowd-tickler with a lot more substance than the last Focker family gathering.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2005
73% The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) Neither among the best nor the worst of the lot, it falls somewhere inconspicuously in between, serving up both lively and ill-fitting performances as well as lush backdrops and the requisite derring-do.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2002
44% The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Despite the clunky bits, Tomorrow still manages to deliver the blockbuster goods.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2004
53% The Family Man (2000) Ratner ... mines the story's comedic and wistful elements effectively while avoiding the potential mush factor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2000
86% Lilo & Stitch (2002) The result is something quite fresh and delightful.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 16, 2002
64% Coach Carter (2005) It's ultimately Jackson, with a winning combination of no-nonsense authority and quirky charisma, not to mention a love of flashy neckties, who breathes life into the film bearing his character's real name.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 10, 2005
95% The Secret of Roan Inish (1995) Moving from passion fish to mystical seals, versatile filmmaker John Sayles' latest is a first-rate, all-ages fairy tale steeped in Irish folklore.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 11, 2008
87% A Mighty Wind (2003) While it doesn't quite reach the blissfully inspired heights of Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman, Christopher Guest's latest nevertheless makes a worthy addition to his canon of brilliantly improvised mockumentaries.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 14, 2003
68% The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) An animated adventure that's funnier than Shark Tale and more charming than The Polar Express.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 19, 2004
89% In America (2003) Richly observed, beautifully written and performed.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2002
42% Miss Congeniality (2000) Bullock proves adept at tackling a more physical brand of comedy than she has attempted in the past.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 18, 2000
82% Drumline (2002) It's pretty difficult to resist the film's freshly choreographed charm.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 10, 2002
64% Camp (2003) Graff ... at least has his heart in the right place, and those expressive, talented kids are the real deal.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 8, 2003
54% What Women Want (2001) Gibson manages to Mel-evate the material to a crowd-pleasing level.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2000
91% Shattered Glass (2003) A compellingly competent telling of the scandalous fall from grace of New Republic staff writer Stephen Glass.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2003
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) It does quite nicely by its tasty performances and a highly evocative song selection.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 10, 2002
52% The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004) A '50s sci-fi spoof that's a silly hit to the funny bone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 7, 2004
66% Brown Sugar (2002) An agreeably charming, brightly performed romantic comedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2002
75% The Way Home (Jibeuro) (2002) A beautifully observed character piece.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 19, 2002
84% Meet the Parents (2000) A crisply paced romp featuring pitch-perfect performances by adversarial leads Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 1, 2000
31% Breakin' All the Rules (2004) Foxx and an appealing ensemble ... plus a nice, light touch with the material by writer-director Daniel Taplitz, make for a generally pleasant diversion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2004
26% Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) The picture ultimately overcomes some clunky dialogue and clunkier line readings to deliver the goods in a diminished-expectations manner, particularly when the bloodbath gets going.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2004
23% See Spot Run (2001) The result plays terrifically with an all-ages crowd.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2001
96% Osama (2004) Billed as the first entirely Afghan film shot on home soil since the rise and fall of the Taliban, Siddiq Barmak's Osama ends up being of greater historical significance than of any lasting artistic merit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 10, 2003
30% Scooby-Doo (2002) It's absolutely spooky how Lillard channels the Shagster right down to the original Casey Kasem-furnished voice.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 13, 2002
57% Like Mike (2002) We're talking formula all the way, but it's a formula that works reasonably well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 2, 2002
62% Starsky & Hutch (2004) Cruises along agreeably on the easy chemistry between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2004