For 69 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% 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: 51
Highest review score: 88 Zootopia
Lowest review score: 0 Love the Coopers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 69
  2. Negative: 19 out of 69
69 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    This movie’s pleasures are less about its villains and more about the interplay between Pegg and Frost.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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