For 702 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 75 out of 702
702 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Inspirational but uninspired sports movie.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Completely disposable yet rousing on its own crude, testosterone-saturated terms.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Acquits itself well enough. Gratuitously gory and derivative to the core, Venom manages to deliver some effective frights in between large swaths of voodoo gibberish.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Funky disco-era throwback never fully jells with a surprisingly intense central tale of father-son estrangement, strongly acted by Chi McBride and 18-year-old rapper-thesp Bow Wow.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Aiming for an Alexander Payne-style synthesis of wry comedy and unflinching character study, pic has been made with the utmost sincerity, but the frankly lugubrious material and barely compensating spasms of humor are all but impossible to warm to.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Keaton embodies the formidable Stone matriarch with an offhand sense of humor that cuts like a knife.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This final production from the team of James Ivory and the late Ismail Merchant is itself adrift in more ways than one, with a literate but meandering script by "The Remains of the Day" novelist Kazuo Ishiguro that withholds emotional payoffs to an almost perverse degree.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Little Red Riding Hood gets a cheeky CGI makeover in Hoodwinked!, a fast-paced, fitfully clever 3-D-animated feature that will entertain tykes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    In the story's one major stroke of invention, the usual premonitions of death have been replaced with a set of photos.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    There's no denying that viewers not prepared for the relentless stream of nasty personalities, profane invective and bone-crunching violence are in for a very long sit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A half-hearted exercise in political paranoia, The Sentinel unravels its wrong-man scenario with business-like efficiency and an impressively jittery visual scheme, but falls far short of providing visceral or emotional thrills.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    RV
    RV works up an ingratiating sweetness that partially compensates for its blunt predictability and meager laughs.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Helmer Donald Petrie seems at times to be making the modern-day equivalent of a Doris Day comedy, setting the pic in a lacquered fantasy New York, piling on cutesy-coy dialogue and mining a fluffy premise for all manner of far-fetched cleverness.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Predictable developments are more or less redeemed by spirited execution and the pleasures of an able, good-looking cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Lovely to look at but a headache to listen to.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Writer-director Ryan Murphy strives mightily to capture the bracing hilarity, pathos and surreal incident of Burroughs' bestselling memoir, but this rudderless adaptation never gets a firm grip on the author's deadpan tone or episodic narrative style.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Not unlike the shiny snow globe at its center, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause is a thing of consummate craftsmanship, a smoothly engineered and fundamentally lifeless object that's nevertheless capable of giving even the grinchiest moviegoers a brief attack of the warm-and-fuzzies.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The dancing is more dynamic than the plotting in Stomp the Yard, an energetic if formulaic underdog tale about warring black fraternities specializing in an intensely competitive style of step dancing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Leaving no heartstrings untugged and no doggie-fart jokes uncracked, scruffy pic reps a very mixed breed of obvious humor, gently moving father-son drama and sub-"Backdraft" trial by fire.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A strong cast struggles valiantly to rise above Lifetime material in In the Land of Women, an appealingly scruffy if overly programmatic drama.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This intermittently effective thriller serves as a rickety vehicle for its two perfectly cast leads, working better as a slow-thawing two-hander than as a chilly ghost story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Falls somewhere between stale retread and half-hearted parody of superhero-movie formulas.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Joel David Moore leads a cast full of token minorities and bickering bimbos, whom writer-helmer Adam Green dispatches with knowing glee and an obvious love for genre conventions that almost overcomes the derivative scripting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Much nastier and less genteel than his best-known Stephen King adaptations ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile"), Frank Darabont's screw-loose doomsday thriller works better as a gross-out B-movie than as a psychological portrait of mankind under siege, marred by one-note characterizations and a tone that veers wildly between snarky and hysterical.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    An in-your-face double helping of fat jokes, crude slapstick, wacky Southern-black stereotypes and occasionally inspired improv.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This overplayed, underachieving laffer feels thoroughly manufactured to Disney specifications.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Wrapping the political hot potato of illegal immigration in the sentimental balm of a mother-son reunion drama, this stirring tale will be embraced most enthusiastically by Mexican audiences on both sides of the border.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Never fully succeeds in burrowing under its protagonist's skin, despite conspicuous effort.

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