For 980 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 980
980 movie reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    An underwhelming survival thriller.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Led by a trio of lackluster performances from Alan Rickman, Rebecca Hall and “Game of Thrones” thesp Richard Madden, this awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer’s wife.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    It's a Wonderful Afterlife is a movie to make Frank Capra roll over in his grave from indigestion.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Overplotted and underwhelming, Breaking Point is the type of movie that finds it necessary to invent a far-reaching legal/political conspiracy just so one guy can redeem himself by overthrowing it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Resisting the temptation to invest its characters and storytelling with any particularly winsome, distinctive qualities, the film quickly devolves into an infernally busy and overextended chase sequence crammed with desperately unfunny comic patter and noisy, pointless action.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    It’s as hard for us to get invested in his journey as it is for the film to find a narrative foothold.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    So far-fetched as to make "Kindergarten Cop" look comparatively austere.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    For once, truth in advertising: Dealin’ With Idiots spends 83 minutes doing exactly that.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The empathy that Taylor summoned so effortlessly in his previous films feels strained and unpersuasive here, and moments that should be lacerating...are overplayed to ghastly effect.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A handful of solid performances and some subtle ’70s period detailing are hardly enough to recommend this flat, predictable drama.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This movie doesn’t rise to the level of so-bad-it’s-good. But no less impressively, perhaps, it’s just bad enough that you actually wish it were worse.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Grittily propulsive filmmaking and solid performances from Owen Wilson and Lake Bell aside, there’s no escaping the movie’s hand-wringing manipulations and pandering sense of privilege.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Uncertain whether to be a cheerfully weightless killing spree, an earnest odd-couple comedy or, most hilariously, a straight-faced Eastern European political thriller, Tom O’Connor’s screenplay falls back on shopworn snark and half-baked bromantic attitudes.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    At no point does the movie manage even a single sequence of sustained tension, or a frisson of genuine terror.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A risibly overheated, not unenjoyable slab of late-'60s Southern pulp trash, marked by a sticky, sweaty atmosphere of delirium and sexual frustration that only partly excuses the woozy ineptitude of the filmmaking.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    It takes at least a sliver of human interest to make a noir pastiche more than the sum of its influences, and anything resembling authentic feeling has been neatly airbrushed away from this movie’s synthetic surface.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The key to Seuss' tales, as with all good fables, is not only their cleverness but their surpassing elegance and simplicity, qualities that this busy, over-cluttered contraption of a movie seems entirely uninterested in replicating.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    All in all, it could have been worse. Puerile, crotch-fixated and very occasionally, inanely funny, Adam Sandler's raunchiest star vehicle in years has a small saving grace in Andy Samberg's performance.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The cause of death would appear to be visual-effects overkill in the case of Rigor Mortis, a flashy, incoherent and virtually scare-free Hong Kong horror exercise that marks the directing debut of actor, singer, record producer and fashion maven Juno Mak.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Insofar as Hitman: Agent 47 is about anything, really, it’s about the pleasures of being on location — from the gratuitous image of Ware taking a dip in a five-star-hotel swimming pool to the sight of Singapore’s staggering Gardens by the Bay.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Lee and Protosevich have made a picture that, although several shades edgier than the average Hollywood thriller, feels content to shadow its predecessor’s every move while falling short of its unhinged, balls-out delirium.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    At every turn the filmmakers have simplified, banalized and sentimentalized Alice and her psychological landscape in ways that reek of ignorance at best and cynicism at worst.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    An innocuous abduction of viewers' time, if nothing else, King's Ransom is an appealingly cast but terminally bland farce.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The best miracles are those that creep up on you unexpectedly rather than endlessly announcing themselves, and the ones in Winter’s Tale are fatally obvious and self-congratulatory.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Alas, even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Andrew Lancaster's helming bow looks smart but lacks confidence in its melodrama and, professional editing aside, resembles a meandering rough cut.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A dispiritingly lazy high school comedy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A ludicrous melodrama that begs to be handled as an over-the-top sex farce is instead treated with the solemnity of a wake, albeit one with a rather lenient dress code.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Proficiently made but fatally unpersuasive in its portrayal of internecine gang warfare, this thuggish melodrama piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage’s antihero little room to maneuver.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    What rankles most about Amelia is the timidity and lack of imagination with which Nair approaches one of America's most exceptional and intriguing celebrity life stories.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The movie is choking on fumes before it’s even had the chance to begin.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Bringing together some of the least compelling dinner guests in recent memory at a world-class restaurant that’s about to permanently close its doors, this blandly seriocomic misfire from Spanish co-writer/director Roger Gual is too lazy to rise to the level of farce, too banal and insincere to work as drama.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This crudely made thriller plays like a stilted Cantonese riff on organized-crime cliches, substituting blood and brutality for novelty or insight.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    For a movie that’s ostensibly about casting off the shackles of old age and embracing excitement in life, there isn’t a single moment here that feels original or spontaneous.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    With its belabored gags, misfired pop-culture references and garish visuals crammed together like so many disjointed body parts, this manic kidpic cranks up the annoy-o-meter early on and rarely lets up.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Mistaking cliché for comic insight, and lacking the kind of conceptual rigor that a Pixar intern could probably muster, the script falls back repeatedly on the kinds of assumptions about human behavior that are meant to be cute and relatable to grown-ups and kids alike, but which instead offer an unflattering glimpse into the movie’s lazy, cynical soul.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in Phantom, a feeble fictionalization of a crucial but little-known moment when a rogue Soviet submarine brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Sex Tape is an unaccountable drag — strained, toothless and far too tame to achieve the sort of outrageous, raunchy-titillating effect it’s aiming for.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Resulting mish-mash of exposition and speechifying opts to summarize rather than dramatize; one spends nearly as much time reading indigestible lumps of onscreen text as one does listening to the often distractingly post-dubbed dialogue.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    That Jung and his collaborators haven’t found any new angles to explore in this endlessly overworked religio-horror claptrap would matter far less if they had a firmer grasp of form and technique.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This slavishly faithful update... fails to tap into anything culturally specific or uniquely funny in its Pasadena setting or its theoretically looser, livelier black cast. And because the characters are so flat, we couldn't care less about the blows to their sense of propriety.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This scrappy, draggy study in soul-crushing failure and disappointment is noteworthy primarily as a showcase for its lead actor’s most quintessentially Keanu performance in years.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A mostly dull-blade exercise that offers little to think or scream about.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A juiceless quasi-remake of George Romero's 1968 classic that, cardboard glasses aside, brings absolutely nothing new to the party.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else bizarrely out of joint.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Stylishly made, armed to the teeth and ludicrous in the extreme.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The deftness with which the helmer manipulated time in his earlier pics eludes him in this generic procedural context... leaving us with obfuscation but no genuine sense of mystery.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    There are probably some moviegoers who can laugh at the sight of a groin-punching, breast-grabbing baby, possibly even find it cute. Everyone else should steer clear of Little Man, which welds Marlon Wayans' head to a diminutive body double, offering up the creepiest bigscreen dwarf since the last David Lynch movie.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Despite the script’s direct acknowledgment that it’s telling a “white-American-lady story,” the movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider’s perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Intelligence, artificial or otherwise, is one of the major casualties of Chappie, a robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    John Slattery makes a wobbly transition into feature filmmaking with this drab and uninvolving dark comedy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day is crammed with enough melodramatic incident for three movies, all of them seemingly scripted by Tyler Perry in a very foul mood.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Trading on the pedigree of Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar winner but capturing none of its soulful poetry, this martial-arts mediocrity has airborne warriors aplenty but remains a dispiritingly leaden affair with its mechanical storytelling, purely functional action sequences and clunky English-language performances.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Whatever one makes of Get Hard’s contribution to our ongoing national debate about race, class and sexuality, there’s no denying that too much of it simply feels cheap, flailing and tired.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Manages the curious feat of being at once relentlessly energetic and almost continually uninvolving; the title more or less sums up the amount of pleasure to be had here.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This is by any measure a dreadful movie, a chintzy, CG-encrusted eyesore that oozes stupidity and self-indulgence from every pore. Yet damned if Proyas doesn’t put it all out there with a lunatic conviction you can’t help but admire.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Even a premise this stupidly contrived stands a fair chance of working if there are a few decent yuks to be had, but absent any such inspiration, We’re the Millers falls back on the sort of lazy but desperate, sexually fixated non sequiturs that have become de rigueur in studio comedies, jabbing repeatedly at the human groin in hopes of eventually hitting something funny.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    This is the sort of numbskull non-entertainment that considers it worthwhile to fly in a martial-arts superstar like Jet Li and have him sit around firing a machine gun, pausing every so often to deliver the most awkward line readings of his career.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    This risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do other than moan in agony, mutter cryptically, and generally try to act as though McConaughey’s every word isn’t boring him (pardon the expression) to death.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    From start to finish, the movie exudes a stiff, joyless coherence.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    This ultra-gory speculative noir is, at its infrequent best, certifiably nuts; the rest of the time, it's one numbingly brutal slog.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A clumsily told story of friendship and wartime remembrance that has a tough time serving up a halfway believable moment, let alone a moving and powerful testimony about the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Conveying zero grit, atmosphere or texture (exterior shots are repetitively bathed in cobalt blue), and gathering little in the way of force or dramatic momentum, “Vice” barely engages with its potential ideas beyond the most blandly expository, bullet-ridden level.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    As flat as a tortilla and considerably less nourishing.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Heigl’s performance as a coolly murderous model housewife is the only real reason to even consider watching Home Sweet Hell, an otherwise flailing and risible tale of adultery, extortion and suburban malaise that suggests a poor woman’s “Gone Girl” — one stripped of all tension, style and subtext, and instead rendered with a level of over-the-top gore that would give even David Fincher pause.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    I feel more qualified than usual to announce that Saban’s Power Rangers (Saban clearly never learned to share) is a witless and cobbled-together pile of junk, and I mean that not as an insult so much as an assurance of brand integrity.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    The problem here isn’t theological; even if it were in service of a different message entirely, the sheer gracelessness of Monteverde’s storytelling would be a massive turnoff.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A witless undead retread served up as a vulgar revenge-of-the-dorks comedy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will likely recognize Stiller’s wannabe Magnum opus as a disappointment-slash-misfire, the orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels.
    • 13 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony’s reputation than the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Happiness means steering clear of Hector and the Search for Happiness.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Veering from broad small-town comedy to heavy-handed vigilante dramatics, and marbled with the sort of spiritual epiphanies typically mastered in Sunday school rather than seminary, this Canadian indie seems unlikely to galvanize the faithful.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Less a movie than a ill-advised lab experiment in which classic children's stories are injected with Bond-movie stylings, inane wisecracks and martial-arts mayhem, this manic misfire takes storybook revisionism to ever more irritating ends.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Muddled and most unmagical offering.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    There’s nothing wrong with Moms’ Night Out that couldn’t be fixed by a massive rewrite, preferably one that involves a lobotomy for the main character.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A thoroughly derivative and unengaging fantasy.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    At half the length or twice the budget, this CG-animated musical mash-up of fairy tales would still be a pretty pathetic excuse for children’s entertainment, short on charm and utterly devoid of magic.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    If it’s true, as Kevin Smith noted in his lengthy introductory remarks at Sundance, that “failure is just success training,” then he should be in the best shape of his career after Yoga Hosers, an imbecilic, strenuously wacky helping of see-what-sticks juvenilia.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    At no point do the filmmakers seem to evince any real interest in the emotional misery they inflict on their characters; trauma here is just the quickest means to an uplifting end, or in this case, a montage’s worth of wretched epiphanies.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Meandering at the same draggy pace as its titular gay zombie, eroto-horror-satire mixes movie-within-a-movie machinations with graphic sex scenes that will titillate anyone who's ever wanted to see someone shagging an open wound.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A dismally stupid and sexist romantic comedy.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Where Sandler once exulted in our outrage (and frequently, our laughter), he now seems barely capable of mustering enough effort to carry a scene, let alone advance to level 255 of “Galaga.” There’s no joy left in his shtick.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Movie stars may be less valued than they used to be, but it's still puzzling to see Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts stuck in a romantic comedy as flat-footed and tone deaf as Larry Crowne.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    The pacing of the individual scenes and the direction of the actors feel so clunky and amateurish, you may wonder after a while if “The Space Between Us” is meant to indicate the yawning emotional chasm between the actors, struggling to connect across a galaxy’s worth of wretched dialogue.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Another tired, witless and potentially lucrative attempt to spin an exhausted buddy-cop template into action-comedy gold.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Director Kriv Stenders’ tiresome tale of scheming adulterers, cruel spouses and one bemused hitman (Simon Pegg) feels like poser noir all the way, never achieving the darkly comic flair or freshness of style needed to sell its fatalistic twists.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    Dull and tamped down throughout, Scott convinces well enough as a guy who wants be put out of his misery, and there isn’t an actor here who doesn’t look ready to join him.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    The scenery ain’t bad but the laughs are tumbleweed-sparse in The Ridiculous 6, a Western sendup so lazy and aimless, it barely qualifies as parody.
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    • 10 Justin Chang
    As it is, your monthly rent is probably scarier than what writer-director Michael Taverna has cooked up in this inept and derivative tale of a Detroit flat that mysteriously drives its tenants to suicide.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    Audiences not inclined to laugh at the sight of a baby’s head catching fire are encouraged to at least chuckle at the various gags made at the expense of Jody and Dan’s housekeeper (a game Lidia Porto), who satisfies many of the picture’s comedic-target prerequisites by being plus-sized, hysterically religious and Latina.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    From awkward start to merciful finish, Mother's Day is a grim, listless affair that may leave you pining for the relative pep and coherence of its predecessors (both of which were scripted by Katherine Fugate), or at least a few of their incidental pleasures.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    Under the pretext of offering fun for the whole family, the movie winds up doing almost precisely the opposite; its attempts at grown-up sophistication and cheeky, knowing humor are clueless and hectoring enough to leave any adult in the audience wishing they’d been straight-up ignored.
    • 8 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    Nicely shot, atrociously written, shoutingly acted and intrusively scored (to classical selections and the heavy synth accompaniment of Fall on Your Sword), this roundelay of misery drowns itself in cliche after cliche.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    [A] torturously unfunny exercise, which doesn’t even rise to the level of competent misogyny.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 0 Justin Chang
    At a time when the world offers us no shortage of examples of what actual religious persecution looks like, for a film to indulge in this particular brand of self-righteous fearmongering isn’t just clueless or reckless; it’s an act of contemptible irresponsibility.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 0 Justin Chang
    From first frame to last, “Some Kind of Beautiful” is some kind of hideous, a perfect storm of romantic-comedy awfulness that seems to set the ailing genre back decades with the sheer force of its ineptitude.

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