For 579 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Before Midnight
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 579
579 movie reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Falcone’s attempts to spin this flat, formulaic comedy into an affecting character drama are frustrated by filmmaking choices that work against a sense of persuasive reality.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Shorn of eroticism, intensity or purpose... it strikes familiar beats in a manner more strained than inspired.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    While it earns high marks for Jon Henson’s production design, this murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry sets its sights disappointingly low in terms of story and ideas.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Sal
    While Sal means to honor its subject, it’s too clunky and amateurish to really illuminate him.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A clumsily edited feature-length version of five episodes from History’s hugely popular 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” this stiff, earnest production plays like a half-hearted throwback to the British-accented biblical dramas of yesteryear, its smallscreen genesis all too apparent in its Swiss-cheese construction and subpar production values.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Divorce Corp. is reasonably cogent when it comes to explaining divorce-court terminology and statistics, even if it comes up somewhat short in terms of actual facts and figures. The filmmakers are far less successful when they start dragging in outrageous examples of official misconduct.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Achieves a modest degree of tension and dark humor before tilting into gory overkill, while its diffuse central ideas — about materialism, the dangers of playing God and the latent human capacity for violence — never really take plausible shape.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    “Oh, Toto, this doesn’t look like the Oz I remember,” Dorothy murmurs at one point. Truer words were never spoken.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A slick, disposable soap opera.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Coherence devolves into a noisy, cluttered portrait of dysfunction, all clenched fists and shouted expletives. The twists may be novel, but the talk, and the upshot, are all too dispiritingly familiar.
    • 36 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    As an exercise in sustained claustrophobia, the movie is not without its grisly accomplishments. Its effectiveness lies not in those moments when its characters are struck down without warning, but rather in the lingering sense that death has slowly, quietly taken up residence among them.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    What rankles most about Amelia is the timidity and lack of imagination with which Nair approaches one of America's most exceptional and intriguing celebrity life stories.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This slavishly faithful update... fails to tap into anything culturally specific or uniquely funny in its Pasadena setting or its theoretically looser, livelier black cast. And because the characters are so flat, we couldn't care less about the blows to their sense of propriety.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    An innocuous abduction of viewers' time, if nothing else, King's Ransom is an appealingly cast but terminally bland farce.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A dispiritingly lazy high school comedy.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    So far-fetched as to make "Kindergarten Cop" look comparatively austere.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    There are probably some moviegoers who can laugh at the sight of a groin-punching, breast-grabbing baby, possibly even find it cute. Everyone else should steer clear of Little Man, which welds Marlon Wayans' head to a diminutive body double, offering up the creepiest bigscreen dwarf since the last David Lynch movie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A juiceless quasi-remake of George Romero's 1968 classic that, cardboard glasses aside, brings absolutely nothing new to the party.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    A mostly dull-blade exercise that offers little to think or scream about.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Plunges into a watery grave early on and spends roughly the next 100 minutes gasping for air.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    With its belabored gags, misfired pop-culture references and garish visuals crammed together like so many disjointed body parts, this manic kidpic cranks up the annoy-o-meter early on and rarely lets up.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Stylishly made, armed to the teeth and ludicrous in the extreme.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Overplotted and underwhelming, Breaking Point is the type of movie that finds it necessary to invent a far-reaching legal/political conspiracy just so one guy can redeem himself by overthrowing it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Andrew Lancaster's helming bow looks smart but lacks confidence in its melodrama and, professional editing aside, resembles a meandering rough cut.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    It's a Wonderful Afterlife is a movie to make Frank Capra roll over in his grave from indigestion.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    The key to Seuss' tales, as with all good fables, is not only their cleverness but their surpassing elegance and simplicity, qualities that this busy, over-cluttered contraption of a movie seems entirely uninterested in replicating.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    All in all, it could have been worse. Puerile, crotch-fixated and very occasionally, inanely funny, Adam Sandler's raunchiest star vehicle in years has a small saving grace in Andy Samberg's performance.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Alas, even Murphy's largely wordless, physically adroit performance can't redeem this tortured exercise in high-concept spiritualist hokum.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    Resulting mish-mash of exposition and speechifying opts to summarize rather than dramatize; one spends nearly as much time reading indigestible lumps of onscreen text as one does listening to the often distractingly post-dubbed dialogue.