For 41 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 57% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 50
Highest review score: 80 Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
Lowest review score: 12 Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 41
  2. Negative: 11 out of 41
41 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Thanks to remarkable access to her subject, and a refusal to turn away during even the most personal moments, Karasawa has made something deeper: a portrait of Stritch just as the aging process is beginning to punch holes in her concrete dam of a personality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    This movie’s pleasures are less about its villains and more about the interplay between Pegg and Frost.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    One could describe Boseman’s performance in Get on Up as electrifying, and that would not be wrong. But it’s more accurate to say that watching Boseman transform into James Brown, who died in 2006 at 73, is like watching a dude invent electricity while the idea for electricity is still occurring to him.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    What is often surprising in this entertaining and fluidly acted portrait of females in flux is the specific way things get messy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    This is a film about people whose stories are still being written, and who, despite their palpable sense of exhaustion, are still seeking healing and hope. There are no Hollywood endings here. That’s just the truth, which Gurchiani has proved she’s committed to capturing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    Its ongoing reveal of interconnected, rough-edged characters, as well as a tone that’s a twangy, noirish brew of the Coen brothers, Alfred Hitchcock, and Winter’s Bone, are ultimately what make the movie unsettling and absorbing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    What Mickle really gets right, and what makes this far and away a more artful and effective work of skin-crawly horror than its predecessor, is atmosphere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    To Pond and Marcolina’s credit, this isn’t just a character study of an ever-adventurous klepto-gran. The documentary also raises questions about whether a professional liar can ever really stop lying.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    A Five Star Life steers away from pat answers and stereotypically Hollywood conclusions, a narrative direction that’s all the more refreshing with a woman in the lead role. But in its second half, Tognazzi’s movie derails as it starts trying to hammer home its points with too much force.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    As a tightly constructed look at the more serious symptoms of Peter Pan syndrome, The Almost Man mostly works. The fact that it departs from the usual vehicles for good-natured, non-threatening Vince Vaughn jackassery is refreshing, albeit in an often jarring, disturbing way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    It becomes clear that this isn’t just a documentary that seeks to demystify green burials. It’s one that tries, and largely succeeds, to demystify the process of letting go of life.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Jen Chaney
    Like its predecessors, doesn’t need CGI, 3-D glasses or even praise from film critics. It just needs to please its audience with amped-up, old-school thrills that make its target demo whoop and holler with every zoom, smash and ka-BOOM. Consider this review a declaration that it does just that.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Jen Chaney
    A derivative but nevertheless good-hearted movie that’s peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Jen Chaney
    Wolf — who wrote Teenage with Jon Savage, author of “Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture 1875-1945” — deftly weaves together various media in a way that breathes its own youthful, stream-of-conscious life into the documentary genre.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    As an enjoyable documentary about the history behind a surprising game-changer of a song, this film works well. But it misses the opportunity to take its material to the next level and say something bigger.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    The film captures its lush, leafy settings with an understated evocativeness that fully immerses the audience in its sense of place. The problem is that the movie ultimately leans too heavily on that sense of understatement, failing to let genuine, unexpected emotion fully break through to the surface.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    It doesn’t provide enough rigorously reported context about what happened in 1991 to feel like anything close to a definitive portrait of the Anita Hill vs. Clarence Thomas saga.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    It’s a perfectly pleasant cinema-studies seminar, but one that stops just short of teaching its students anything truly insightful.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    A film in search of a tighter edit and a stronger point of view. It meanders from scene to scene, calling to mind the images of leaking faucets and dribbling IV fluid that appear here in close-up.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    The fact that this overlong, often preposterous comedy succeeds at all (which it does, only occasionally) proves that the Vaughn/Wilson charm can still work a measure of magic.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Decoding Annie Parker could have shown much more effectively and deeply that the fight against an often ruthless disease can be won by women attacking it from multiple sides. Instead, it sticks mostly to one track, taking audience members on a journey that, sadly, via the movies or their own lives, they already may know a little too well.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    The Disney animators still take great care to capture the majestic beauty in the jagged landscapes and towering conifers of the Yellowstone-esque Piston Peak Park. Unfortunately, the same contours and shading don’t apply to the characters.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    As a stand-alone documentary, it begs for more conflict and a broader canvas from which to explore the contemporary theater scene.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Lacks a sense of structure and purpose, ambling from one tense conversation to the next without effectively making a impact.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Hall and Hart have appeared together in several movies, including 2012’s Think Like A Man, but have never been paired as love interests. Here, they lock into a manic, improvisational groove from minute one.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    The Bag Man is always teetering on the edge of amateurish absurdity, before being tugged back from the edge by its actors.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    Angels Sing is a heartfelt but less-than-polished piece of work that isn’t for everyone, particularly those who can’t suspend the disbelief required to accept preposterous plot developments, or the sight of Lyle Lovett wearing a variety of snowman sweatshirts. But graded on a Christmas-movie curve, it actually isn’t bad.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    In a movie like this, where plot points are practically an aside, the characters’ depth and the dialogue quality are what give it potentially memorable zing. Cavemen is not only zingless, it practically pulls a muscle attempting to generate some.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    This film can’t decide whether it’s a Noah Baumbach-ian character study or an episode of NBC’s Revolution.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    Need for Speed is a piece of auto-collision pornography that weighs down its car-flip-and-massive-fireball money shots with a preposterous plot involving vehicular manslaughter vengeance.