For 647 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 Carlos
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 647
647 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This dire battle-of-the-exes action-comedy severely tests audience goodwill by running an indulgent 110 minutes, crammed as it is with half-baked thriller subplots and aimless supporting characters, as if to distract from the central duo's nonstop bickering.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A little less chatter and a little more splatter might have improved Godspeed, an initially intriguing but finally overwrought tale of murder, retribution and quasi-religious fanaticism set in the land of the midnight sun.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This moving but far from revelatory portrait of a beloved family figure registers as too slight and personal for significant theatrical play.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    While only the converted will likely see the redemption behind the manipulation, picture delivers a strong enough dose of spiritual saccharine to yield solid if not heavenly returns from its trusty target audience.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The film's noisy, slam-bang approach and lack of imagination in all nonvisual departments will keep it from rounding up a fresh generation of thrill-seekers.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The magic here feels machine-made and depressingly state-of-the-art.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This uneven effort saddles its likable leads, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long, with the kind of verbally exaggerated sexual humor that not only comes off as embarrassingly strained and calculated, but also compromises what the picture genuinely wants to be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The more the film implicates David, the more it distances itself and the viewer, playing out in the emotionally detached but sensationalistic, overripe manner of a tabloid freakshow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Like a beautifully tailored suit that starts to smell funny after a few minutes, this sumptuous but stultifying lark sets up a quasi-Hitchcockian intrigue between two strangers abroad, but smothers any thrills or sparks in a haze of self-regard.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A lazy attempt to milk a few more laughs and bucks from the enormously lucrative property spawned 10 years ago by "Meet the Parents."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The manner in which the central scheme plays out is predictably moronic, vulgar and juvenile, though the parties involved just about make up for it.

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