For 908 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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: 61
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 93 out of 908
908 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A movie of slick, surface-level pleasures that’s unpersuasive at its core.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    By manipulating their story to advance the cynical notion that you really can't trust anyone, the filmmakers inadvertently beg the question why their own motives should be so above suspicion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Mackenzie's second collaboration with Ewan McGregor (following 2003's "Young Adam") tritely tosses together two indifferently conceived characters against a backdrop of global panic that generates no urgency.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A jagged little pill that, in the end, goes down too smoothly.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This methodical courtroom drama is charged with impassioned performances and an unimpeachable liberal message. But its stodgy emphasis on telling over showing will limit its reach to Civil War buffs and self-selecting older viewers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Icky though it is, Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb, rather than seeming like choice gross-out moments lovingly designed for maximum viewer recoil.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Funny and sad isn’t the easiest combination to pull off, and while both descriptors fit The D Train well enough, this dark comedy might just as well be described as edgy and soft, audacious and coy, a largely enjoyable letdown.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Mira Nair’s latest immigrant saga saddles itself with a laborious narrative structure and half-baked thriller elements in a misguided attempt to open up what should be an intimate, introspective story.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    [The Director] is especially good at integrating his New Mexico locations into the action, from a key combat scene on a bridge to a car chase that unfolds, with limited visibility, in a cornfield...Kim's handling of his first English-speaking cast isn't quite as assured, although everyone more or less gets by
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A passable, tolerable, not unbearable, totally inoffensive adaptation of Judith Viorst’s beloved 1972 children’s book.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A mix of found-footage thriller, mock-doc realism and public service announcement that rings true almost as often as it rings false.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This graphically well-rendered kidpic is less crass and mouthy than many recent feature-length toons, but also more sluggish and ungainly as it tries to approximate DiCamillo's singularly delicate tone.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Writer-director Nick Cassavetes' sprawling dramatization recklessly blurs the line between reconstruction and reality in ways that are admittedly interesting, if more than a little artistically suspect.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Once the script is done playing its belabored game of who’s who, it becomes a sleek and moderately clever exercise in narrative misdirection, with at least one or two twists sly enough to pull the wool over even an attentive viewer’s eyes, as the climactic rush of “gotcha!” flashbacks makes duly apparent
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    It's hard not to be moved by the words of love, gratitude and resilience spoken by earthquake/tsunami survivors and volunteers in Pray for Japan. But well-meaning platitudes go only so far in this sincerely felt, raggedly structured compilation of footage.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Clearly, Passion means to be a hoot, a wet-dream thriller for cinephiles. But by the time it reaches its overwrought final act, the picture has generated neither the tension of its forebears nor the audacity that would allow it to transcend its silliness.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The Japanese action aesthete plays it cool and smooth in a picture that exerts a steadily tightening grip, though not until after a first hour of near-impenetrable gangster gab that may leave the uninitiated feeling stranded.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    After a promisingly funny first half, this tale of three coke-snorting gal-pals trying not to screw up their friend's nuptials all but drowns in its own catty cynicism, turning as stingy with emotion and insight as it is with real laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The sharp satirical edge that earned Fountain’s novel comparisons to “Catch-22” feels duller and more sluggish on the screen as Lee strains to weave his story’s dissonant tones and subplots...into a movie that works as both a compelling psychological portrait and an astute political argument.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Director Kimberly Peirce’s intermittently effective third feature eschews De Palma’s diabolical wit and voluptuous style in favor of a somber, straight-faced retelling, steeped in a now-familiar horror-movie idiom of sharp objects, shuddering sound effects and dark rivulets of blood.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This intermittently effective thriller serves as a rickety vehicle for its two perfectly cast leads, working better as a slow-thawing two-hander than as a chilly ghost story.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Paul Haggis' middling fourth feature evinces a sometimes pulse-quickening fascination with procedural details, and climaxes with a good dose of swift, suspenseful filmmaking. But what was briskly diverting in the original has been rather laboriously overworked.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A likable enough lark that rarely achieves outright hilarity.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The crisply made feature delivers an involving if not always persuasive portrait of religious leaders in conflict.

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