For 670 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 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 670
670 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This directing debut for co-writers Rogen and Evan Goldberg offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Two documentary filmmakers infiltrate a mysterious cult, only to find themselves drawn into the leader's insidious grip, in the taut, compelling low-budget feature Sound of My Voice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    Director Alex Gibney delivers not just a detailed, full-access account of his subject, in all his defiance, hubris and tentative self-reckoning, but also a layered inquiry into the culture of competitiveness, celebrity, moral relativism and hypocrisy that helped enable and sustain his deception.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The film conveys key information and makes important distinctions not generally known, and its effectiveness probably depends on the viewer’s tolerance for poorly executed kitsch and manic physical intrusions by the filmmaker.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Paring down narrative and character concerns in favor of a breathtaking application of pure thriller technique, Soderbergh's latest picture is a lean, efficient exercise tossed off with his customary sangfroid and wickedly dry sense of humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Centered around four outstanding performances, Yaron Zilberman's fiction-feature debut feels like the work of a filmmaker who knows and appreciates the art form under scrutiny, laying a credible foundation for a story that lays bare the often melodramatic passions of the artistic soul.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Junger has emerged with a worthy companion piece in Korengal, a less harrowing, more reflective dispatch from the front lines, and an equally vital examination of the strange crucible of selflessness, courage, bloodlust, rage, confusion and fear endured by the brave men interviewed here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Intriguing but overly portentous drama, which seems far more taken with its own cynicism than most viewers will be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    A watchable enough picture that feels content to realize someone else's vision rather than claim it as its own. Any real sense of risk has been carefully ironed out: The PG-13 rating that ensures the film's suitability for its target audience also blunts the impact of the teen-on-teen bloodshed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama that might well have been titled "My Week With Marie Antoinette."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Its unwieldy title notwithstanding, Zathura: A Space Adventure is arguably the best adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg book to date.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Levine’s script does a clever job of keeping numerous balls in the air over the taut 99-minute running time, and the writer is especially good at using the information he feeds us in unexpectedly resourceful, double-edged ways.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    The ever-perceptive writer-director further hones her gifts for ruefully funny observation and understated melancholy with this low-key portrait of a burned-out screen actor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in goo, Birth Story is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    There's little doubt that Kazan has written a sly, amusing portrait of male self-absorption and artistic tyranny.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    A strange and often startlingly inspired media/mental-illness comedy.
    • 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
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A consistently amusing and not entirely vacuous stunt.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Out there, to say the least, but rescued from risibility by its well-matched lead performances and crazy low-budget ambition.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    An exquisitely tender tale of two young Euro immigrants trying to find themselves (but not each other) in contempo London, Unmade Beds has a lively, romantic spirit that recalls the playfulness and spontaneity of the French New Wave.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Vincenzo Natali's outlandish sci-fier sustains a grotesque and funny fascination throughout its slightly protracted runtime.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    As spirited and irresistible as the college a cappella craze it celebrates, Pitch Perfect is a cheeky delight.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Hope Springs is an altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    It's an absorbing, vividly inhabited tale nonetheless, never exploiting its horrors but rather treating them as tough local realities.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Forbes brings a marvelous warmth and specificity to this story of a mixed-race family struggling to survive, aided considerably by one of Mark Ruffalo’s richest, most appealing performances.

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