For 816 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 816
816 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Hitchcock is a diverting but dramatically insipid account of how the Master of Suspense took his biggest gamble and delivered his greatest success with "Psycho."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Cruising somewhere between therapy drama and paranoid thriller, this middlebrow tone poem aims for ambiguity but often veers into soporific, suspending answers (and often, viewer interest) en route to an ending that explains all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Elaborately conceived from a visual standpoint, Ridley Scott's first sci-fier in the three decades since "Blade Runner" remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    We Are Your Friends” has its heart in the right place, and it’s shrewd and cuddly enough to get a few likes. But it would be an infinitely better movie if it sustained the sort of trancelike sonic ecstasy that turns fans into fanatics.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Although fronted by solid performances from Sienna Miller and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as two desperate souls who bond over their shared love of belly dancing, this tale of friendship and rebellion on the open road reps a thin, obvious reworking of a well-worn template.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Cage supplies a stream of tension-defusing laughs while the script steadily applies the screws, but this disposable exercise in comic nihilism offers only a modest payoff at best.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Joel David Moore leads a cast full of token minorities and bickering bimbos, whom writer-helmer Adam Green dispatches with knowing glee and an obvious love for genre conventions that almost overcomes the derivative scripting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Although shot and performed in a determinedly raw, naturalistic register, this emotionally roiling portrait of two twentysomething Texas sweethearts too often veers toward melodramatic overstatement, inspiring little empathy or understanding despite the committed performances of promising young leads Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield.

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