For 756 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Gone Girl
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 756
756 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Carey Mulligan gives an affecting, skillfully modulated performance that lends a certain coherence to this assemblage of real-life incidents, composite characters, noble sentiments, stirring speeches and impeccable production values — all marshaled in service of a picture whose politics prove rather more commendable than its artistry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Given the sheer number of threads that Moorhouse (who adapted the novel with her writer-director husband, P.J. Hogan) keeps in play, it’s surprising how well The Dressmaker coheres, albeit more along narrative lines than tonal ones.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Where the film falters is in its willingness to settle for canned uplift, reducing the substance of Malala’s global activism to multicultural montages, goosed by Thomas Newman’s emotional cattle prod of a score.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Krampus isn’t especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    In aiming to steer his dark, fatalistic vision toward something genuinely contemplative and cathartic, Inarritu has managed to appropriate the beauty of Malick’s filmmaking but none of its sublimity — another word for which might be humility. There is plenty of amazement here, to be sure, but all too little in the way of grace.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    While Chris Kelly’s semi-autobiographical writing-directing debut gets off to a painfully broad start, it does intermittently find its footing as it progresses, gathering enough well-observed moments and details to counterbalance its otherwise flailing stabs at humor and pathos.
    • 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.

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