For 619 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 The Cove
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 619
619 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Wisely sticks to its protagonist’s p.o.v. while avoiding a longer view of the calamitous events around her, making up in emotional immediacy what it lacks in broad dramatic sweep.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Roger Ross Williams’ forceful polemic succeeds to a startling degree, rightly decrying the use of the gospel to incite homophobia, and allowing the most fervent interviewees to damn themselves with their own proselytizing words.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 63 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A fiendishly inventive thriller built around an audacious if unsustainable gimmick, Open Windows elevates Hitchcockian suspense to jittery new levels of mayhem and paranoia.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    For a film that is very much about the need to continually question our heroes and hold them to a higher standard, Happy Valley offers an unapologetic tribute to one man’s painful honesty and a tacit rebuke to those who couldn’t muster anywhere near the same courage.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    For all its obvious smarts and mildly provocative ideas, Mockingjay doesn’t seem to trust its audience quite as much as it clearly trusts its heroine.
    • 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.

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