For 911 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 Cameraperson
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 94 out of 911
911 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    But gripping as the film often is, its unrelenting doom and gloom offers fewer lasting rewards.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A lavishly overstuffed gift basket of a movie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The rare Hollywood remake that, by daring to reinterpret its source material within a fresh political context, actually has a reason to exist.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This sophomore directing effort for Ross Katz (“Taking Chance”) resolves itself a bit too tidily in the final stretch, but sustains affection most of the way with its well-observed moments and gently offbeat comic rhythms.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    The juxtaposition of formal beauty and surpassing human ugliness is hardly the least of “Wiener-Dog’s” numerous internal contradictions, some of which are more resolvable than others.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Predestination succeeds in teasing the brain and touching the heart even when its twists and turns keep multiplying well past the point of narrative sustainability.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This efficiently assembled primer hardly counts as a revelatory dispatch from the old-vs.-new-media frontlines, but its ideas will engross anyone for whom the viability of traditional newsgathering remains a matter of pressing significance.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Keener, so deliciously nasty in Holofcener's "Lovely and Amazing," is no less engaging here in what is, surprisingly, the film's least bitchy role.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Before it bogs down in one too many moments of cathartic reckoning, The Vicious Kind is an unpredictable, off-kilter and scabrously funny piece of work.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    As spirited and irresistible as the college a cappella craze it celebrates, Pitch Perfect is a cheeky delight.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    For the most part, nothing about Claire in Motion seems overly calculated. It knows precisely where it’s going, but it’s also wise enough to leave that destination open-ended.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This muscle-bound meathead extravaganza is a sometimes blissfully cretinous endeavor, delivering the maximum firepower and zero brainpower its target audience expects.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Cross-species bonding may have its limits, but it’s hard not to find beauty in a boy-meets-beast saga that, by the end, has made it hard to tell which is which.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Meticulously crafted by Ecuadorian helmer Sebastian Cordero and his team, this futuristic tale of astronauts searching for signs of life near Jupiter was ostensibly shot using cameras positioned aboard their spacecraft; their video diaries have been cannily reassembled into something coherent and genuinely compelling on their own low-key terms, if a touch over-earnest at times.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    This ambitious think-piece ultimately smothers its good intentions in didactic revelations, earnest pleading and incessant violin music. Engrossing nonetheless, the story of a high schooler troubled by his parents' legacy reps one of the Canadian writer-director's most accessible efforts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Bello gives a tremulous wacko-mom performance from which she has eliminated every whisper of camp. She’s both sympathetic and infuriating, and her scenes with her daughter hint at a more painful, complicated emotional history than the movie has time to explore, though it’s nice that it bothers to explore it at all.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    By narrowing its range of voices to Christian leaders, thinkers and writers, Kevin Miller's sober, stimulating documentary on the hot topic of eternal damnation necessarily limits its audience, but achieves a level of rhetorical eloquence that would theoretically appeal to open-minded viewers of any religious stripe.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    All you need is love -- for the Beatles, for psychedelic visuals, for ideas about being young in the ‘60s -- to fully enjoy Across the Universe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A slender, morally simplified fable that makes up for its tonal and narrative imprecisions with considerable visual energy, musical pizzazz, and a panoply of colorful characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    RED
    Only a curmudgeon could entirely resist the laid-back charms of Red, an amusing, light-footed caper about a team of aging CIA veterans rudely forced out of retirement.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A witty, warmly crafted chestnut.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    An unexpected treat. Bright and perky, cheeky but never mean-spirited.

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