For 897 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 897
897 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Joffe's first feature never shakes off the feel of a telepic with above-average production values, and its unsteady lead performances and often garish stylistic touches make a muddle of the source material's psychological acuity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Joy
    Despite another solid performance from Jennifer Lawrence, anchoring Russell’s sincerely felt tribute to the power of a woman’s resolve in a man’s world, it’s hard not to wish Joy were better — that its various winsome parts added up to more than a flyweight product that still feels stuck in the development stage.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This handsomely mounted picture is, at nearly 2 1/2 hours, far too long and indigestible for a film whose protagonist spends most of her screen time under house arrest.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A mix of found-footage thriller, mock-doc realism and public service announcement that rings true almost as often as it rings false.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    By the end, Ross’ initially disarming fusion of cleverness and whimsy has curdled into a dispiritingly familiar mix of sentimentality and self-satisfaction.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Result is far less abrasive than some of its predecessors, but for that very reason seems unlikely to generate the attention needed to meet Solondz's already modest commercial standards.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This superhero spin on a largely Eastern legend will appeal primarily to Asian genre aficionados on homevid.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    For all these missteps — including the convenient and predictable use of elderly death as a plot device — the leads’ odd-couple chemistry does become steadier and affectionate as their dance lessons continue, and the film manages to close on a quietly touching final note.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Ultimately, Jobs is a prosaic but not unaffecting tribute to the virtues of defiance, nonconformity, artistry, beauty, craftsmanship, imagination and innovation, qualities it only intermittently reflects as a piece of filmmaking.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Falls somewhere between stale retread and half-hearted parody of superhero-movie formulas.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    It's hard not to be moved by the words of love, gratitude and resilience spoken by earthquake/tsunami survivors and volunteers in Pray for Japan. But well-meaning platitudes go only so far in this sincerely felt, raggedly structured compilation of footage.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Uneven but not unpleasant.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    It's not the personal, distinctive portrait of misfit girlhood it could have been.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A bit embalmed in its own nobility, it’s an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms, the passionate commitment of all involved rarely achieving gut-level impact.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Jack the Giant Slayer feels, unsurprisingly, like an attempt to cash in on a trend, recycling storybook characters, situations and battle sequences to mechanical and wearyingly predictable effect.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Clearly, Passion means to be a hoot, a wet-dream thriller for cinephiles. But by the time it reaches its overwrought final act, the picture has generated neither the tension of its forebears nor the audacity that would allow it to transcend its silliness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    To be sure, Aniston leads with her scowl here, in the sort of performance that often gets called “brave” but is, in fact, more accurately described as a well-executed change of pace.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Wingard’s movie, for all its abundant mischief, doesn’t trust the power of its own illusion. You can see these woods a lot more clearly now, and what you see is that you’ve been here before.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Beyond the occasional plot frissons and juicy supporting turns, it's an emotionally and psychologically threadbare exercise.

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