For 657 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Tribe
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 657
657 movie reviews
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History’s hugely popular 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its smallscreen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Achieves a modest degree of tension and dark humor before tilting into gory overkill, while its diffuse central ideas — about materialism, the dangers of playing God and the latent human capacity for violence — never really take plausible shape.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Muppets Most Wanted looks and sounds eager to please but immediately feels like a more slapdash, aimless affair, trying — and mostly failing — to turn its stalled creativity into some sort of self-referential joke.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A blandly executed action-thriller whose cast names (Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe) and mild ’80s Louisiana flavor offer only modest compensations for the story’s workmanlike construction and routine twists.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A slick, disposable soap opera.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    “Oh, Toto, this doesn’t look like the Oz I remember,” Dorothy murmurs at one point. Truer words were never spoken.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Intermittently stirring and undeniably well made as it slowly unspools a multi-pronged drama set during the 1999 outbreak of the Second Chechen War, the picture has run-of-the-mill pacing and storytelling lapses that are compounded by its ultimately hectoring, didactic approach.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Although funnier and mercifully shorter than its 2012 battle-of-the-sexes predecessor, this third collaboration between manic comedian Kevin Hart and director Tim Story (hot on the heels of their January hit “Ride Along”) is an exceedingly formulaic and ultimately exhausting thing to experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Coherence devolves into a noisy, cluttered portrait of dysfunction, all clenched fists and shouted expletives. The twists may be novel, but the talk, and the upshot, are all too dispiritingly familiar.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Falcone’s attempts to spin this flat, formulaic comedy into an affecting character drama are frustrated by filmmaking choices that work against a sense of persuasive reality.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    As an exercise in sustained claustrophobia, the movie is not without its grisly accomplishments. Its effectiveness lies not in those moments when its characters are struck down without warning, but rather in the lingering sense that death has slowly, quietly taken up residence among them.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Neither a particularly good movie nor the pop-cultural travesty that some were dreading.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This tale of two former lovers reuniting after a 21-year separation also functions as a study of two terrific actors struggling to overcome the relentless mediocrity of their material.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Piling on the misery-laden subplots in scene after angry, overamped scene, Before I Disappear is the sort of movie that can’t stop reminding you how cruel the world is and how messed up its people are, to the point where its bludgeoning cynicism feels no more authentic or lived-in than the glimmer of hope that suddenly breaks on the horizon.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This inane and incredibly tasteless sequel qualifies as an excuse to bring back those hard-working funnymen Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis for another round of amateur-criminal hijinks and semi-improvised vulgarity, jabbing away repeatedly at some elusive comic sweet spot where blatant nastiness and egregious stupidity collide — and very occasionally hitting the mark.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Jessabelle serves up a murky and underwhelming cauldron of Southern-fried voodoo-horror claptrap.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The only real tension you feel in Dying of the Light is that between the thoughtful, tough-minded character piece Schrader presumably thought he was making and the bruised, indifferent hackwork that has ultimately made it to the screen.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A well-cast but clumsily assembled buddy-for-hire comedy that increasingly smacks of desperation as it approaches its big-day climax.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A sporadically amusing, more often grating romantic comedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This slickly assembled exploitation-movie wankfest gets some mileage out of its star’s fully committed performance, though not enough to offset the grim, monotonous tenor of the proceedings — or the glib, fetishistic recycling of Asian thriller tropes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Benson displays more energy and assurance behind the camera than he does in front of it; even still, his tonal command of his own narrative is wobbly at best, employing cynical humor and climactic eruptions of violence to jazz up what is ultimately an overly earnest and predictable cautionary tale.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Last Knights is a fairly ludicrous mystery and a so-so action movie, but it’s nonetheless been constructed with an earnest attention to detail that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
    • 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.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A dispiritingly lazy high school comedy.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    So far-fetched as to make "Kindergarten Cop" look comparatively austere.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A mostly dull-blade exercise that offers little to think or scream about.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air.

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