For 971 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 After the Storm
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 971
971 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The movie derives its energy almost entirely from the bristling quality of the dialogue and the easy ensemble flow of the performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A certain exhaustion sets in well before the end, collapsing any meaningful distinction between camera-hogging self-indulgence and critical scrutiny.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Schlocky yet resourceful.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Result is far less abrasive than some of its predecessors, but for that very reason seems unlikely to generate the attention needed to meet Solondz's already modest commercial standards.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A pleasant if fairly pedestrian viewing experience, one that more or less gets the job done in terms of balancing the requisite ooh-ahh moments with another unsurprising reminder of man’s capacity for selfishness and destruction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A tougher, wiser film might still have extended the characters a measure of compassion, but it might also have left the audience with a deeper curiosity about where life’s challenges could take them next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    This isn’t just a remake; it’s an act of cinematic upholstery, with all the padding that implies.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Coherence devolves into a noisy, cluttered portrait of dysfunction, all clenched fists and shouted expletives. The twists may be novel, but the talk, and the upshot, are all too dispiritingly familiar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Although assembled with consummate care and obsessive attention to visual detail, Pacific Rim manages only fitful engagement and little in the way of real wonderment, suspense or terror.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Director Chris Weitz's problematic new picture, which, despite Demian Bichir's affecting lead performance and a strong feel for Los Angeles' Mexican-American communities, emerges an earnest and overly programmatic heart-tugger.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    This rambunctious paean to pot retains the trademark Apatow sweetness even as it careens from messy vulgarisms to even messier violence.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    While I’m generally inclined to applaud an action movie that seeks to be more than just an exercise in carnage, The Villainess turns wearyingly stop-and-go whenever it tries to fill in the void of its protagonist’s emotional and psychological history.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    It’s an affectionate, sometimes downright slobbery career salute with a soft, unexamined center — a moving experience for all involved, no doubt, but one of limited interest outside the celebrity bubble it depicts.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A disappointingly anemic tale of forbidden love that should satiate the pre-converted but will bewilder and underwhelm viewers who haven't devoured Stephenie Meyer's bestselling juvie chick-lit franchise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    An uneven but enjoyable trio of films that take affectionate (and sometimes literal) aim at the Japanese capital.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Lee’s movie at once examines and embodies the complicated riddle of cultural identity: Beneath its boozy antics and largely predictable narrative developments, it offers warmly perceptive insights into how difficult it can be for so many first- and second-generation Asian immigrants to define themselves.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    An initially amusing but fatally overstretched action-comedy that marks a lamer-than-expected big-screen outing for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Comes off as a derivative wisecracking machine rather than a feat of sustained imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Maddin's singular humor and fabulous black-and-white mise-en-scene can't sustain this fever dream beyond its initial fascination, making for an intriguing transitional work unlikely to broaden his audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    ATL
    Higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Though its absurdist inventions occasionally border on twee, this affectionate slow-blooming romance mines an understated vein of comic melancholy that the actors' wistful performances perfectly capture.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A serviceable picture that offers all the sumptuous visual pleasures of a historical costume drama, yet little in the way of actual history.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Despite Amy Adams’ affecting performance as an artist and ’50s/’60s housewife complicit in her own captivity, this relatively straightforward dramatic outing for Tim Burton is too broadly conceived to penetrate the mystery at the heart of the Keanes’ unhappy marriage — the depiction of which is dominated by an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    It plays less like a meaty mystery than an extended thank-you to the fans who breathed it into existence. Still, it’s smooth and engaging enough on its own compromised terms, clearly informed by Thomas’ genre-savvy storytelling and unpretentious craftsmanship, and not without a certain self-deprecating sense of humor about its own immodest origins.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The French are smelly, vulgar, racist and oversexed, or so it would seem based on 2 Days in New York, a scattershot culture-clash comedy that goes down like yesterday's foie gras.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Where the film falters is in its willingness to settle for canned uplift, reducing the substance of Malala’s global activism to multicultural montages, goosed by Thomas Newman’s emotional cattle prod of a score.

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