For 969 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 Columbus
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 99 out of 969
969 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Maurice, based on a posthumously published novel by E.M. Forster, is a well-crafted pic on the theme of homosexuality.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Some literal-minded attempts at magical realism are redeemed by the film's emotional texture, winning chemistry between the tyke leads and scrupulous adherence to a childlike point of view.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    This delectable entertainment is as surprising for its continually evolving (and involving) dynamics of desire as for its slow-building emotional power.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    An absorbing and atmospheric entry in what we might as well term the “red snow” genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    In his first studio venture, Michael Winterbottom coaxes forth a staggering wealth of detail from this terse, methodical account of Pearl's kidnapping and murder in Pakistan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    The movie is a savage attack on the egomania that enables a director to fancy himself a deity, as well as the rotten patriarchies that govern the worlds of art, industry and religion alike, with Lawrence embodying the wise but perpetually ignored voice of the divine feminine.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Joe
    A patiently observed, often unsettlingly violent drama that can’t help but feel overly familiar in some of its particulars, rich in rural texture but low on narrative momentum or surprise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Viewers unconvinced by the "war is a drug" doctrine set forth by Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" will find it amply corroborated by the self-admitted adrenaline junkies here, whose collective war-reporting experience spans an astounding number of overseas conflicts from Sarajevo and Chechnya to El Salvador and Libya.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    A tightly coiled, beautifully acted relationship study that occasionally swerves in the direction of a gangland thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Deeply intriguing but almost too-faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's nightmarish 1977 novel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Kiki often casts a rueful gaze, but it’s also exuberant and alive, and never despairing. It leaves you with the bracing sense that however tough and resilient its subjects might be forced to become, their hope of a better, more tolerant future will never go out of style.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    It is a cunningly crafted fiction, full of visual artifice and narrative sleight-of-hand, that by the end could hardly feel more sincere.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Punsters, linguists and crossword puzzle fanatics everywhere couldn't ask for a more bracing tribute than helmer Patrick Creadon's buoyant and exhilaratingly brainy documentary Wordplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Shot in evocative black and white, Karl Marx City is a sleek, absorbing detective story, a fascinating primer on mass surveillance in the pre-Snowden era, and a roving memoir of East German life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    Wrenchingly acted, deftly manipulated and terrifyingly well made.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Marked by an affecting and understated performance from newcomer Ashley Shelton, this lovely drama tends toward the over-emphatic at times, but overall demonstrates a warm, subtle intelligence in the way it captures a person’s growing sense of dislocation from the traditional pressures of marriage, family and career.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Filmmaker Daniel Karslake lobs a grenade into the culture wars with his heartfelt, provocative and unabashedly polemical For the Bible Tells Me So.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This unusually voluble comedy is as eloquent about love, self-realization and adolescent angst as its protagonist is endearingly tongue-tied.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    The movie may not have the audacity and emotional grandeur of a new Almodóvar masterpiece, but in every particular — its seamless manipulation of time, its sly infusions of comedy, its expert direction of actors and, yes, its fabulous wallpaper — it confirms his mastery nonetheless.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A powerful, necessary contribution to a chilling body of reportage that, one senses by film's end, has just begun to take stock of the human costs of a monstrous conspiracy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Pixar wizard Brad Bird's live-action debut serves up sights and setpieces of often jaw-dropping ingenuity and visual flair, but it's a movie of dazzling individual parts that don't come together to fully satisfying effect in the final stretch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    But gripping as the film often is, its unrelenting doom and gloom offers fewer lasting rewards.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    “Sky Ladder” may not fully penetrate the mystery of Cai’s artistic identity, but it ends with the poignant suggestion that the most significant accomplishments often stem from the simplest, most personal impulse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    The riveting interplay between Dench and Cate Blanchett draws blood with every scene, thanks to a precision-honed script and Eyre's equally incisive direction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Just as “The Hurt Locker” found revelatory depths in Jeremy Renner, so American Sniper hinges on Cooper’s restrained yet deeply expressive lead performance, allowing many of the drama’s unspoken implications to be read plainly in the actor’s increasingly war-ravaged face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Diverting but rarely transporting, unpredictable yet strangely overdetermined, Garrone's film never conjures the sustained, enveloping magic promised by its extravagant design and its agreeably unhinged story sense.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    By the end, Ross’ initially disarming fusion of cleverness and whimsy has curdled into a dispiritingly familiar mix of sentimentality and self-satisfaction.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    Amusingly predicated on the romantic possibilities of phone sex, Easier With Practice pushes past its titillating premise to become a quietly provocative love story about emotionally stunted manhood and the risks some guys will take to connect.

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