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 Winter Sleep
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 756
756 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    While roving interviewer Ben Stein extracts some choice soundbites from scientists on both sides of the creation-vs.-evolution debate, the film's flippant approach undermines the seriousness of its discourse, trading less in facts than in emotional appeals.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    In short, this is a Shyamalan movie minus the bravado, the swagger; there are no audacious attempts to pull out the rug from under the audience, no ham-fisted lessons about the importance of religious belief or the power of storytelling.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A strong cast, beautiful production values and generally pleasant execution can't disguise the fact both laughs and surprises are on the thin side here, despite the abundant care and affection lavished on the central characters by first-time writer-director David Munro.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The movie is ultimately undone by its own reverence; there's simply no room for these characters and stories to breathe of their own accord, and even the most fastidiously replicated scenes can feel glib and truncated.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Uneven but not unpleasant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Meirelles' slickly crafted drama rarely achieves the visceral force, tragic scope and human resonance of Saramago's prose.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A fabulously designed underground metropolis proves more involving than the teenagers running through its streets in City of Ember, a good-looking but no more than serviceable adaptation of Jeanne Duprau's 2003 novel.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Cruising somewhere between therapy drama and paranoid thriller, this middlebrow tone poem aims for ambiguity but often veers into soporific, suspending answers (and often, viewer interest) en route to an ending that explains all.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This graphically well-rendered kidpic is less crass and mouthy than many recent feature-length toons, but also more sluggish and ungainly as it tries to approximate DiCamillo's singularly delicate tone.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Zac Efron's squeaky-clean tweener-bait profile is unlikely to be threatened by 17 Again, an energetic but earthbound comic fantasy that borrows a few moves, if little inspiration, from "Big" and "It's a Wonderful Life."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Despite some clever virtual-reality concepts and projections about the next frontier of globalization, Alex Rivera's ambitious directing debut lacks the vision, or the budget, to pull off its fusion of sci-fi and aspirational saga.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This middling melange of Child biopic and contempo dramedy feels overstuffed and predigested as it depicts two ladies who found fame and fulfillment in their respective eras by cooking and writing about it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Unsubtle, uneven and undeniably effective, this take-no-prisoners cancer weepie poses a fascinating moral quandary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This broad ethnic farce serves up a full-on culture collision, but -- thanks to a handful of diverting performers -- stops just short of becoming a train wreck.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A high-energy, low-impact caper-comedy that labors to bring a measure of wit, romance and glamour to an overworked spy-thriller template.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Asch's first feature is intelligent, respectable yet curiously muted in tone and impact, never fully catching the viewer up in either its crime saga or its account of individual rebellion within an insular religious community.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    It's not the personal, distinctive portrait of misfit girlhood it could have been.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Director Ryan Murphy's superficial take on Elizabeth Gilbert's phenomenally successful memoir is an exotic junk-food buffet that offers few lasting pleasures or surprises, let alone epiphanies.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Fitfully amusing and nearly saved by its distinguished cast.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Dickler's acting debut is memorably repellent, even if the movie he's in -- a fitfully engaging story about two estranged brothers on a road trip -- often feels forced and unconvincing, even on its modest, intimately scaled terms
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Although fiercely committed performances by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell provide director Tony Goldwyn's film with a core of emotional integrity, a less heavy-handed, more informative approach would have served them and the audience better.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Fair Game serves up impeccable politics with a bit too much righteous outrage and not quite enough solid drama.

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