For 696 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 The Assassin
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 72 out of 696
696 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Scrumptious as it all is, it hurts to watch chefs so committed to excellence in a movie so content to settle for attractive mediocrity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A movie of slick, surface-level pleasures that’s unpersuasive at its core.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This broad ethnic farce serves up a full-on culture collision, but -- thanks to a handful of diverting performers -- stops just short of becoming a train wreck.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Hitchcock is a diverting but dramatically insipid account of how the Master of Suspense took his biggest gamble and delivered his greatest success with "Psycho."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Cruising somewhere between therapy drama and paranoid thriller, this middlebrow tone poem aims for ambiguity but often veers into soporific, suspending answers (and often, viewer interest) en route to an ending that explains all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Elaborately conceived from a visual standpoint, Ridley Scott's first sci-fier in the three decades since "Blade Runner" remains earthbound in narrative terms, forever hinting at the existence of a higher intelligence without evincing much of its own.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Although fronted by solid performances from Sienna Miller and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as two desperate souls who bond over their shared love of belly dancing, this tale of friendship and rebellion on the open road reps a thin, obvious reworking of a well-worn template.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Joel David Moore leads a cast full of token minorities and bickering bimbos, whom writer-helmer Adam Green dispatches with knowing glee and an obvious love for genre conventions that almost overcomes the derivative scripting.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    What's onscreen feels as half-assed and juvenile as it was probably always envisioned to be, suggesting an umpteenth retelling of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" by way of "The Hangover," or perhaps a far less inspired version of "Attack the Block" transplanted to small-town Ohio.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This overplayed, underachieving laffer feels thoroughly manufactured to Disney specifications.
    • 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
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Leaving no heartstrings untugged and no doggie-fart jokes uncracked, scruffy pic reps a very mixed breed of obvious humor, gently moving father-son drama and sub-"Backdraft" trial by fire.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    The key to enjoying Sanctum is to look, not listen.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Completely disposable yet rousing on its own crude, testosterone-saturated terms.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    A cute but disposable item were it not for the story’s weird racial undertow.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This unwieldy drama of conscience in the wake of tragedy is hyperarticulate but rarely eloquent, full of wrenchingly acted scenes that lack credible motivation or devolve into shrill hectoring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    All the more disappointing, then, that a story so pregnant with dramatic possibilities should wind up feeling like such an unconsummated opportunity. Drawn from Stephenie Meyer's polarizing, weirdly compelling fourth novel, the film is rich in surface pleasures but lacks any palpable sense of darkness or danger.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Competent but juiceless New York melodrama, an unpersuasive marriage of head-slamming action and middling civic intrigue that treats issues like gay rights and public housing as red herrings rather than actual talking points.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    This silly but straight-faced supernatural thriller manages to elicit an occasional shudder in between cheap jolts and false scares, emerging as a feat of competent direction (by debuting helmer Stiles White) over derivative scripting (by White and writing partner Juliet Snowden).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    Dickler's acting debut is memorably repellent, even if the movie he's in -- a fitfully engaging story about two estranged brothers on a road trip -- often feels forced and unconvincing, even on its modest, intimately scaled terms
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Intermittently stirring and undeniably well made as it slowly unspools a multi-pronged drama set during the 1999 outbreak of the Second Chechen War, the picture has run-of-the-mill pacing and storytelling lapses that are compounded by its ultimately hectoring, didactic approach.
    • 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.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Last Knights is a fairly ludicrous mystery and a so-so action movie, but it’s nonetheless been constructed with an earnest attention to detail that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Even the Brit-wit chemistry of Russell Brand and Helen Mirren can't offset the self-conscious degree to which this tame, calculated effort sticks to its source.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Diverting in bits and pieces, but absent the heart, soul and ingenuity one associates with the best of Disney animation, the endlessly merchandisable picture could very well soar at the box office, but it won’t stick the landing where word of mouth is concerned.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.

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