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 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 67 out of 670
670 movie reviews
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    An alternately sensitive and heavy-handed small-town drama that turns the Salem witchcraft trials into a tenuous metaphor for the intense pressures brought to bear on today’s female youth.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The actors are all game and well paired, but flashes of chemistry and an appreciable level of production finesse (courtesy of d.p. Simon Chapman and composer Michael Yezerski) aren’t enough to bring the requisite charge to this flimsy, pseudo-provocative material.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Where the film falters is in the writing of its central relationship: That Jackie and Angelo love each other fiercely doesn’t make their interactions any less hard to take, and Australian newcomer Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “Son of a Gun”), despite his ample charisma and pitch-perfect American accent, can’t quite get past his character’s callow, whiny affect.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Not a thriller so much as an extremely violent swimsuit calendar, the lushly lensed but dramatically waterlogged Into the Blue is too infatuated with its scantily clad stars to make sense of all the drug dealers, boat looters and bloodthirsty sharks trying to hunt them down.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Brimming with fanciful ideas about life, romance and the rejuvenating power of music, Sueno sings a lovely tune but chokes on its own banal lyrics.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Josh Stolberg launches a scalding attack on the stodgy conservatism of the American public school system, only to end up stacking the deck in egregiously smirky and simple-minded ways.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This murky psychological suspenser manages the tricky feat of being as predictable as it is finally preposterous.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The future looks alternately grim and hysterical in Aeon Flux, a spectacularly silly sci-fier that plays like "The Matrix" crossed with "The Island" and reinterpreted as a long-lost Michael Jackson video.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Bland, canned but studiously professional sequel retains most of the principals from Fox's family-friendly 2003 hit, including the ever-reliable Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This fur-fetched tale is bearable family viewing.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Uninspired character animation and obnoxious banter aside, The Wild is ultimately done in by the persistent stench of been-there-seen-that.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Adam Sandler's recent low-key phase continues with this cleverly conceived but conspicuously unfunny comedy.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Appropriating all the external trappings of big-budget fantasy but none of the requisite soul, this leaden epic never soars like the CG-rendered fire-breather at the core of its derivative mythology.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This rambunctious, "Jumanji"-style extravaganza is a gallery of special effects in search of a story; rarely has so much production value yielded so little in terms of audience engagement.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A dour study of terrorism, 1880s style, The Secret Agent represents an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's only London-based novel, the fidelity of which to the original text does not yield a terrifically exciting film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The didactic presentation, grim speechifying and tacked-on love story all signify a less-than-healthy regard for the audience's intelligence.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    There's more genuine humor to be gleaned from saying "Woodcock" over and over again than from watching Mr. Woodcock, a wan comic effort barely elevated a few notches by Billy Bob Thornton's passive-aggressive villainy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Banking on the appealing chemistry of Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah -- with co-star Katie Holmes awkwardly upsetting the balance -- this strained heist comedy about three cash-strapped femmes is watchable enough for a few reels, but lacks the requisite wit and amoral energy to capitalize on its get-rich-quick premise.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A picturesque adventure-comedy that quickly capsizes under the weight of its obnoxious slapstick, pedestrian dialogue and general unwillingness to rise above stock ideas and situations.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Unable or unwilling to match the visceral chops and moral provocations of superior serial-killer chillers, Righteous Kill is content to be a twisty genre exercise; it's like "Seven" as reimagined by M. Night Shyamalan.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A clumsy but inoffensive romantic comedy.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    An altogether bumbling excuse for an action-comedy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Nowhere near as much fun as its title, playing out like an unusually obtuse episode of "The Wire."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Jeff Daniels' gleeful misanthropy and Lauren Graham's emotional openness are poorly served by the pic's transparently phony story and therapeutic uplift
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This high school horror romp tackles its bad-girl-gone-really-bad premise with eye-rolling obviousness and, fatally, a near-total absence of real scares.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The picture's attempts at comic portraiture feel sketchy at best, more or less assigning each character a single, belabored trait.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Unsettles without illuminating, marred by narcotic pacing and a blank lead performance.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Compacts nearly three years' worth of globe-trotting interviews into an often visually vibrant but rhetorically muddled package. So intent on giving (almost) every perspective a fair shake that it winds up saying little of consequence.

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