For 626 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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: 60
Highest review score: 100 Inception
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 626
626 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Keener, so deliciously nasty in Holofcener's "Lovely and Amazing," is no less engaging here in what is, surprisingly, the film's least bitchy role.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Impressively made and serious-minded to a fault, this physically imposing picture brings abundant political-historical dimensions to its epic canvas, yet often seems devoted to stifling whatever pleasure audiences may have derived from the popular legend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    In the end M.A.S.H. succeeds, in spite of its glaring faults, because Gould, Sutherland, Skerritt, Jo Ann Pflug as the delicious Lt. Dish, and Roger Bowen, as the goof-off commanding officer who is bright enough to recognize his junior officers' medical competence and stay out of their way, are all believable and bitingly funny in their casual disdain for the Army.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    As a fierce superspy and mistress of many disguises, Jolie represents the one indisputably kickass element in this brisk, professionally assembled but finally shrug-inducing thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    With an invaluable assist from Sam Rockwell, hilarious and wounding as a deadbeat dad who lands a high school coaching gig, it's the rare inspirational movie with more than just winning or losing on its mind.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The filmmakers fully retain their offbeat sensibility and attentiveness to character while providing perhaps the sharpest showcase yet for Zach Galifianakis' outsized talents.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    RED
    Only a curmudgeon could entirely resist the laid-back charms of Red, an amusing, light-footed caper about a team of aging CIA veterans rudely forced out of retirement.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A beguiling blend of the audacious and the familiar; it dances right on the edge of the ridiculous and at times even crosses over, but is armored against risibility by its deep pockets of emotion, sly humor and matter-of-fact approach to the fantastical.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A joyous, liberated approach to comedy, a genuine sense of the grotesque and pacing so relentless that even the less-than-uproarious bits don't overstay their welcome.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Director David Yates spins the series' most expansive, structurally free-form chapter yet -- lumbering and gripping by turns, and suffused with a profound sense of solitude and loss.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Tangled is snappily paced and easy enough to get wrapped up in, propelled by a set of jaunty, serviceable songs from venerable composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    That rare ensemble piece in which all four principals are not only compellingly drawn but handled with an astute sense of dramatic balance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Charming if not especially kid-friendly toon.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A welcome dose of honest silliness at a time when most family-oriented toons settle for smart-alecky.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The candlelight flickers exquisitely even as the passions are slow to ignite in this spare, shrewdly acted but not especially vital retelling of Jane Eyre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A consistently amusing and not entirely vacuous stunt.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A disturbing but nonjudgmental study of online addiction and the lure of manufactured identities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This efficiently assembled primer hardly counts as a revelatory dispatch from the old-vs.-new-media frontlines, but its ideas will engross anyone for whom the viability of traditional newsgathering remains a matter of pressing significance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The desire to stay true to what was lovable and enduring about the originals is palpable throughout, down to the amusing storybook conceit of having the characters interact not only with the narrator (voiced by John Cleese), but also with the letters and punctuation marks on the page.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    It's an absorbing, vividly inhabited tale nonetheless, never exploiting its horrors but rather treating them as tough local realities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    An inventive marriage of ancient China and Agatha Christie, Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame is a lavishly overwrought historical whodunit.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Temperance of a different sort, a willful abstention from trippy stylistic excess, is what makes this 1960-set Caribbean picaresque easily the most lucid screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's work, even if it's still several drafts shy of a fully developed yarn.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This complex story from the early days of psychoanalysis engrosses and even amuses as it unfolds through a series of conversations, treatment sessions and exchanged letters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    An unexpected treat. Bright and perky, cheeky but never mean-spirited.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    As anthropology lessons go, Knuckle is strong stuff, and it's easy to accept Palmer's conclusion that the problem he's showing us may well have no solution.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Pixar wizard Brad Bird's live-action debut serves up sights and setpieces of often jaw-dropping ingenuity and visual flair, but it's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Scene by scene, The Flowers of War is an erratic and ungainly piece of storytelling, full of melodramatic twists and grotesque visual excesses (a bullet pierces first a stained-glass window and then a girl's neck), which are nonetheless delivered with startling conviction.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This family-friendly outing captures the story's human snowball effect with a measure of sly, satirical wit, if also an excess of boilerplate subplots and jokey '80s details.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This madcap romp runs out of steam well before the finish, but its combo of sweetness and high spirits -- not unlike the chemical composition of the dope-infused brownies that serve as a key plot device -- proves sufficiently ingratiating to satisfy viewers.

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