For 71 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 38% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 11 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 100 North by Northwest
Lowest review score: 0 Love the Coopers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 71
  2. Negative: 19 out of 71
71 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    As is often the case in documentaries like this, absorbing all those details as part of one, tightly edited story gives them an impact they lack when digested in individual pieces over time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    It’s as if the film is taking after its own heroines: aspiring to something bigger than it should, and too often looking awkward in the process.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    After paying good money to take your family to see this film, you may be dealing with some anger-management issues of your own.
    • Washington Post
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    Despite an army of appealing actors in its large ensemble cast, the rom-com Mother’s Day is startlingly unappealing. Clumsily edited and culturally tone deaf, it’s more obsessed with the titular holiday than even most mothers would find reasonable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jen Chaney
    The genius of Zootopia is that it works on two levels: It’s a timely and clever examination of the prejudices endemic to society, and also an entertaining, funny adventure about furry creatures engaged in solving a mystery.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    You and your kids could probably craft a richer, more exciting polar bear adventure using nothing but Klondike bar wrappers and the power of the imagination.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    Even McAvoy’s reincarnation-obsessed Frankenstein can’t breathe vitality into this shallow adaptation, which careens from moments of horror to serious drama to attempts at comedy that don’t quite land.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    East Side Sushi includes a number of moments that are a little too on-the-nose in their eagerness to convey the obstacles.... But Lucero compensates for such missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Jen Chaney
    Love the Coopers is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Big Stone Gap suffers from some hokey moments, including an ending that’s both implausible and too heavy on the sap.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    With its appealingly conflicted hero and generous sense of humor, Meet the Patels has the breezy touch of a scripted romantic comedy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    Riley doesn’t merely make a fine nonfiction film about the life and legacy of the late conflicted artist. He virtually resurrects him.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Perhaps Sneakerheadz needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    Paquet-Brenner has assembled a talented cast.... Yet he elicits mostly unmemorable performances from just about everyone involved.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    As with other Aardman productions, the greatest delights derive from relishing the details of the clay figures and intricate sets, crafted by the studio’s master model builders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    After spending time with all nine of these sometimes-gutsy, sometimes-conflicted women and men, it’s impossible not to feel a deeper appreciation for their struggle to feel like the skin they live in is genuinely their home.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Visually striking, meticulously rendered, a tiny bit pretentious, and emotionally inscrutable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Sunshine Superman, a portrait of BASE jumping founding father Carl Boenish, effectively captures the irrepressible energy of a man who never tired of taking flying leaps. But it also does something even rarer for the documentary genre: It demands to be shown on an IMAX screen.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    Unfortunately, this procedural/character study unfolds in a manner that feels more generic than genuinely deep.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    I Am Big Bird breezes by a couple of opportunities to dig deeper into thornier subject matter, but those minor oversights don’t hurt the film in any significant way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    As illuminating as that article may have been, though, Emptying The Skies, a documentary based on Franzen’s story that borrows its headline as its title, ultimately makes a more searing imprint on the psyche.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    These guys are so fascinating, in fact, that it feels like In Country could and should have gone longer than 80 minutes so that the movie could delve more deeply into their psyches and provide more context behind how these reenactments were born.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Jen Chaney
    Yes, the whole movie feels overstuffed and overlong, and the non-action scenes are often dragged down by stilted dialogue. But Furious 7 buzzes with a frenetic energy so contagious, there’s no sense in resisting it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    By building the documentary around an ensemble cast, Lears and Blotnick demonstrate, in terms of content as well as filmmaking, that the voices of a few can galvanize the voices of many.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is like the family movie equivalent of a Krabby Patty: It tastes fine and will satisfy some cravings. But it’s ultimately a product cranked out to make money and keep our consumer-driven society, much like Bikini Bottom’s, chugging along without significant disruption.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    What’s truly regrettable about The Wedding Ringer is that, at certain moments, it almost succeeds as a heartfelt comedy about male friendship in which its two stars, Josh Gad and Kevin Hart, get to demonstrate that they can act.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    What transpires in this adequately acted, uninventive film fails to add any fresh twists to the cash-vs.-conscience formula.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    My Old Lady isn’t the tart slice of dessert that its initial scenes suggest it might be. In fact, it only becomes truly compelling in its second half, as Horovitz drives toward darker material and farther away from the light.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Jen Chaney
    The prevailing tone throughout Innocence is as somber as the onset-of-twilight blues and grays that dominate the movie’s color palette. All that seriousness ultimately doesn’t blend well with a narrative that marinates in the preposterous.
    • 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.

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