For 600 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 higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Impossible
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 600
600 movie reviews
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 45 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.
    • 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.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Muddled and most unmagical offering.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    As flat as a tortilla and considerably less nourishing.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A risible slab of Detroit gothic that marks an altogether inauspicious writing-directing debut for Ryan Gosling.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    A dismally stupid and sexist romantic comedy.
    • 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.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 20 Justin Chang
    Happiness means steering clear of Hector and the Search for Happiness.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 10 Justin Chang
    A 23-minute movie dragged out, via some narrative gimmickry, to a punishing hour and a half.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.