For 894 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Dark Knight
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 92 out of 894
894 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Writer-director Ryan Murphy strives mightily to capture the bracing hilarity, pathos and surreal incident of Burroughs' bestselling memoir, but this rudderless adaptation never gets a firm grip on the author's deadpan tone or episodic narrative style.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Predictable developments are more or less redeemed by spirited execution and the pleasures of an able, good-looking cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    In the end, there’s no outrage in War Dogs — no lacerating insight, no gonzo satiric energy, nothing more than warmed-over cynicism and some mild titters at the spectacle of boys being boys under uniquely deadly circumstances.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The actors are all game and well paired, but flashes of chemistry and an appreciable level of production finesse (courtesy of d.p. Simon Chapman and composer Michael Yezerski) aren’t enough to bring the requisite charge to this flimsy, pseudo-provocative material.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Little Red Riding Hood gets a cheeky CGI makeover in Hoodwinked!, a fast-paced, fitfully clever 3-D-animated feature that will entertain tykes.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The result may still be a big, bloated spectacle, but it's a big, bloated spectacle you can just about follow.
    • 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."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Adorable and annoying, patently unnecessary yet kinda sweet, it's a calculated commercial enterprise with little soul but an appreciable amount of heart.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Intriguing but overly portentous drama, which seems far more taken with its own cynicism than most viewers will be.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Comes off as a derivative wisecracking machine rather than a feat of sustained imagination.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    It’s no stretch for Kingsley to project stiff dignity and forthrightness, but that familiarity works against him here, despite his every effort to give the character a human pulse. Clarkson, expert at bringing authenticity to the most inauthentic material, gets to show far more range.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Alternates between intimate wildlife saga and majestic views of the North Pole, offering strong visual compensations for its meandering structure, syrupy tone and excessive sampling of Paul McCartney's back catalog.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Fitfully amusing and nearly saved by its distinguished cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The filmmakers’ undeniable chops and bizarre tonal shifts fail to transform the material into anything more than a stylishly gruesome exercise.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A capably assembled if ultimately unremarkable thriller.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Director Ron Maxwell’s adaptation of Harold Frederic’s 1893 novel elicits a certain amount of admiration for its old-fashioned carpentry and earnest, worthy approach, but its stilted dramaturgy and endless speechifying defeat the committed efforts of a sprawling ensemble.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    In the story's one major stroke of invention, the usual premonitions of death have been replaced with a set of photos.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    RV
    RV works up an ingratiating sweetness that partially compensates for its blunt predictability and meager laughs.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Absent the infectious live-audience energy of Chris D'Arienzo's legit hit, this affectionate glam-rock-a-thon reps a visually bland staging of frankly insipid material, never tapping into the raucous, go-for-broke energy that would spin the show's cliches into gold, let alone platinum.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This cloddishly contrived suspenser is too busy to bore, but too farfetched to thrill, combining routine heist-thriller machinations with dialogue that often thuds like a body hitting asphalt.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Lovely to look at but a headache to listen to.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Inspirational but uninspired sports movie.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Never fully succeeds in burrowing under its protagonist's skin, despite conspicuous effort.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Schnabel's signature blend of splintered storytelling and sobering humanism feels misapplied to this sweeping multigenerational saga.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Scrumptious as it all is, it hurts to watch chefs so committed to excellence in a movie so content to settle for attractive mediocrity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A movie of slick, surface-level pleasures that’s unpersuasive at its core.
    • 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.

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