For 70 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 88 Zootopia
Lowest review score: 0 Love the Coopers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 70
  2. Negative: 19 out of 70
70 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Big Stone Gap suffers from some hokey moments, including an ending that’s both implausible and too heavy on the sap.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Visually striking, meticulously rendered, a tiny bit pretentious, and emotionally inscrutable.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    Unfortunately, this procedural/character study unfolds in a manner that feels more generic than genuinely deep.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 30 Jen Chaney
    The faux-doc foundation simply doesn’t work here.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 Jen Chaney
    The movie plays out like an improbably plotted work of overly aggressive schmaltz.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Jen Chaney
    Momoa does capture some scenes of genuine warmth and beauty that suggest he has the potential to develop a filmmaker’s eye for visual poetry.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    Even likable actors can’t obscure the fact that, holy gods on Mount Olympus, this thing is a slog, a movie that dutifully hits its plot points involving prophecies and fleeces without evoking a whiff of spirit or imagination.

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