For 680 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Assassin
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 680
680 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A consistently amusing and not entirely vacuous stunt.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    It’s an undeniable whopper of a yarn and, coming after a string of middling efforts from Frears, easily the director’s most compulsively watchable picture since “The Queen."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Well-made, often intensely gripping genre piece.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Evan Jackson Leong’s film makes the most of its superior access and exciting basketball footage, overcoming repetitive stretches by sheer dint of a tremendous underdog story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Pitch-perfect performances by Shirley MacLaine and an unusually restrained Jack Black hold together this offbeat true-crime saga, but Linklater's keen eye for human eccentricity flowers most memorably on the periphery.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Hua Tien-hau’s sentimental, conventionally inspiring film offers good-natured insights on the importance — and the difficulty — of living life to the fullest at any age.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A dishy and engrossing peek inside the fashion world’s corridors of power -- every bit as slickly packaged as the publication it seeks to uncover.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    An absorbing legal thriller that can't help but taste like exquisitely reheated leftovers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Title refers not only to its heroine's physical gyrations but also her moral maneuverings as she strives to break out of her lower-class surroundings in this moody, intelligent take on conventional material.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Filmmaker Daniel Karslake lobs a grenade into the culture wars with his heartfelt, provocative and unabashedly polemical For the Bible Tells Me So.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The family that slays together pays together in Killer Joe, a nasty little Texas noir that transfers Tracy Letts' 1993 play from page to screen with generally gripping results before devolving into an over-the-top splatterfest.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    In the end, The Mule is essentially a straightforward, somewhat overextended crime story enlivened by its uniquely grotesque circumstances (based on a true story, as noted at the beginning), and directed by Mahony in a lean, no-frills style that’s entirely convincing where it counts.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Writer-director Lucy Mulloy’s sexy, pulsing debut feature has an undercurrent of ribald comedy that doesn’t entirely prepare the viewer for the harrowing turn it eventually takes, but it nonetheless amounts to a bracing snapshot of desperate youths putting their immigrant dreams into action.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A sweetly amusing ode to the underdog sports movies that proliferated during that widely derided decade.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Though its forays into the subconscious may strike more adventurous cinematic palettes as precious and unimaginative, few will be able to resist Martin Freeman's appealing lead turn or the wry Brit wit that gives this fanciful confection a robust comic core.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Its unwieldy title notwithstanding, Zathura: A Space Adventure is arguably the best adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg book to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Enough Said may be her cleanest, most polished and broadly funny effort to date; its emotional generosity is undeniable, but so is its tendency to smooth over some of the hard, brittle edges that have been the more interesting hallmarks of Holofcener’s work.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Even when he’s dealing with this boilerplate material, Collet-Serra brings an understated intensity and a subtle emotional pull to every scene, aided immeasurably by actors who invest their roles, big and small, with just the right degree of conviction.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Deeply intriguing but almost too-faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's nightmarish 1977 novel.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Structurally, the film is somewhat rambling and unfocused even within its tight 40-minute running time, cutting away periodically to address the ways in which overfishing and rising water levels have severely impacted the reef and its ability to support plant and animal life. The lessons are valuable and necessary, but they’re not particularly well integrated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    That the film still works as well as it does is due to not only its polished craftsmanship and disarming comedy-of-manners approach, but also its fascinating insights into the conflicted mindset of British society
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    But gripping as the film often is, its unrelenting doom and gloom offers fewer lasting rewards.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The rare Hollywood remake that, by daring to reinterpret its source material within a fresh political context, actually has a reason to exist.

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