For 697 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 0.6 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: 73 out of 697
697 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama that might well have been titled "My Week With Marie Antoinette."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Though it retains the buoyant musical stylings and splendid visuals that made its predecessor so distinctive, this chatterbox of a sequel loses its way with a raft of annoying side characters for which the slender narrative framework provides far too indulgent a showcase.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A bland and innocuous small-fry outing that retains a measure of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon's charm, though scarcely enough to justify the time, expense and visual-effects trickery it must have taken to inflate an endearing 2D cartoon into a dopey 3D extravaganza.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A sporadically engaging martial-arts extravaganza that looks even better compared with its predecessor, last year’s borderline-insufferable “Tai Chi Zero.”
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Lovely but listless.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Beyond the occasional plot frissons and juicy supporting turns, it's an emotionally and psychologically threadbare exercise.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Not a particularly funny movie. Indeed, the true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of).
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A jagged little pill that, in the end, goes down too smoothly.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Well-meaning but dramatically lopsided tearjerker bogs down in generic teen angst and domestic squabbling.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This methodical courtroom drama is charged with impassioned performances and an unimpeachable liberal message. But its stodgy emphasis on telling over showing will limit its reach to Civil War buffs and self-selecting older viewers.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A flashy, lunkheaded sci-fi extravaganza sure to appeal to teenagers who like their interplanetary warfare bloodless, their high-school soaps squeaky-clean and their numbers countable on one hand.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Meirelles' slickly crafted drama rarely achieves the visceral force, tragic scope and human resonance of Saramago's prose.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The outstanding big-wave footage proves more credible than the overfamiliar dramatics in Chasing Mavericks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Even tots may emerge feeling slightly browbeaten by this colorful, strenuous and hyperactive fantasy, which has moments of charm and beauty but often resembles an exploding toy factory rather than a work of honest enchantment.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Director Chris Weitz's problematic new picture, which, despite Demian Bichir's affecting lead performance and a strong feel for Los Angeles' Mexican-American communities, emerges an earnest and overly programmatic heart-tugger.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The love and dedication that the filmmakers (including Dominguez’s wife and exec producer, Shelley Morrison) have poured into this project are more than evident onscreen; what it needs now is the sort of strong, supple cinematic vision that could tie its disparate strands together.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This high-end softcore thriller is juicily watchable from start to over-the-top finish, but its gleeful skewering of the upper classes comes off as curiously passe, a luxe exercise in one-note nastiness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Keaton embodies the formidable Stone matriarch with an offhand sense of humor that cuts like a knife.

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