For 602 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 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Tree of Life
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 54 out of 602
602 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Berg’s blunt, pummeling style offers few nuances and makes no apologies, but his broad brushstrokes have clearly found an ideal canvas in this grimly heroic rendering of hell on earth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This robust, action-packed adventure benefits from a headier sense of forward momentum and a steady stream of 3D-enhanced thrills.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Crisp, efficient and appreciably modest in scale...this conspicuous attempt to breathe new life into a long-dormant action franchise gets at least a few things right, chiefly the shrewd casting of Chris Pine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    It’s hard to shake a nagging feeling of more is less; with its convoluted plot mechanics clearly cribbed from past thriller templates, the film never quite generates or sustains its predecessor’s pure sense of menace.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    If the narrative progression feels too tidy and circumscribed, Shelton’s talent for bringing out the best in her actors remains satisfyingly intact.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    What gives the story its moment-to-moment buoyancy is the pleasure of watching two actors working brilliantly in tandem.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This tale of a still-grieving widow (Bening) hypnotized by a dead ringer for her late husband verges on ludicrous, but ultimately succeeds at conveying one person’s complicated yet emotionally rational response to a highly irrational situation.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Under Johnson’s patient, observant direction, a relationship that might sound ridiculous on paper lives and breathes with surprising tenderness and plausibility onscreen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    97-year-old Detroit fixture Grace Lee Boggs doesn’t just explode the docile-Asian-female stereotypes Lee set out to question with her earlier pic; she makes an inspiring case for self-determination and intellectual fortitude regardless of background.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The film’s truest and most meaningful chemistry is generated by Ellie and Charlie, two individuals who are so fun to hang out with that they justify even the film’s flimsiest narrative setups.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Ben-Ari seems just as invested, if not more so, in the social and psychological obstacles that can make breastfeeding problematic, and she explores them with impressive rigor, sensitivity and a refreshing lack of judgment, listening intently while prescribing little.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A sweetly amusing ode to the underdog sports movies that proliferated during that widely derided decade.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Although stronger on breadth than focus, it’s an appropriately stimulating take on a far-from-sustainable system.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    At 81 minutes, Code Black feels like a brisk, vital report from the frontlines of emergency medicine, forged and rooted in the most intense sort of personal and professional experience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Planes: Fire & Rescue is a slight but improbably successful example of a movie that, despite its profusion of chrome and steel, somehow succeeds in touching something human.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    While the characters’ background details (including their occupations) are kept to a minimum, the emotions the story touches are vivid and accessible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The Drop is at once upfront and highly effective in its manipulations, tugging at our heartstrings even as it flicks away at our nerves.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Measured and absorbing rather than deeply compelling or vital, this latest adaptation of a rarely well-filmed novel makes a strong effort to capture the stiflingly provincial world that Flaubert was able to describe in such precise, painstaking detail on the page.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Absent the ability to really get the audience’s heads in the game, the film succeeds better at presenting chess as a subtle metaphor for the psychological warfare being waged behind the scenes.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Fort Bliss is a flawed little gem of a movie, but Monaghan’s flawless performance is its own quiet call to arms.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Schlocky yet resourceful.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Frenetic actioner about refugees from a genetic cloning plant starts off intriguingly, burns up its ideas in the first hour and pads out the rest with joltingly repetitive action sequences.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    If you can stomach the violence -- and despite the R rating, that's a big if -- it's hard to deny that Zombie has made exactly the movie he set out to make, guaranteed to satiate his considerable fan base and sicken just about everyone else.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    It's really not all that bad. Ultra-derivative bigscreen transplant of one of the most successful (and controversial) games ever made plays like a mutant cross between a biotech thriller and a zombie movie, with all the alien autopsies, blood-gushing protuberances and meaningless scientific jargon that come with the territory.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The crisply made feature delivers an involving if not always persuasive portrait of religious leaders in conflict.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    ATL
    Higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Thoroughly -- and sometimes justifiably -- infatuated with its own cleverness, this mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness.