For 619 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 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 60
Highest review score: 100 The Cove
Lowest review score: 0 Persecuted
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 619
619 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Mawkish, clunky and unenlightening about female suffering in this or any generation.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    If "Freaky Friday" had an impudent, foul-mouthed little brother, it would be The Change-Up, an often needlessly crass, bromance-oriented spin on the body-swap comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    While the result is yet another story of African suffering told from a white do-gooder's perspective, this particular do-gooder is intrinsically fascinating enough to warrant attention, albeit more nuanced attention than he receives here.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    This sloppily constructed horror-thriller lacks the satirical bite and action chops to skewer extreme-right-wing zealots with the gusto Smith clearly feels they deserve, instead evincing the verbal incontinence and slack tension that have long dogged the writer-director's work.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A draggy, generally laugh-free outing that wastes a perfectly good Anna Faris.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Mackenzie's second collaboration with Ewan McGregor (following 2003's "Young Adam") tritely tosses together two indifferently conceived characters against a backdrop of global panic that generates no urgency.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Poised between revisionist fairy tale and smirking sendup, this gaudy, over-frosted cream puff of a movie half-heartedly positions its famous heroine as a dagger-wielding proto-feminist, yet ultimately suffers the same fatal flaw as Julia Roberts' evil queen: It doesn't really care about anything except how pretty it looks.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    While it's poignant seeing the whole gang again, the tired gross-out antics and limp romantic reprisals keep this hapless if heartfelt effort from qualifying as a decent comedy, let alone a generational classic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The body count runs high at Brangwyn boarding school, but tension, surprise and viewer interest are the real casualties in The Moth Diaries.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    "I had no conception of the depths of your emptiness!" a character shrieks in Bel Ami, and her words take on an unintended resonance as addressed to Robert Pattinson in the lead role.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    The French are smelly, vulgar, racist and oversexed, or so it would seem based on 2 Days in New York, a scattershot culture-clash comedy that goes down like yesterday's foie gras.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    After a promisingly funny first half, this tale of three coke-snorting gal-pals trying not to screw up their friend's nuptials all but drowns in its own catty cynicism, turning as stingy with emotion and insight as it is with real laughs.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A modestly affecting reconciliation drama wrapped in a so-so sports movie by way of a misogynistic romantic comedy, Playing for Keeps can't stop tripping all over itself.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Rebecca Hall's enjoyably bubbly lead performance lends the picture an occasional frisson of amusement.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Icky though it is, Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb, rather than seeming like choice gross-out moments lovingly designed for maximum viewer recoil.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Mira Nair’s latest immigrant saga saddles itself with a laborious narrative structure and half-baked thriller elements in a misguided attempt to open up what should be an intimate, introspective story.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Sentencing a sad-looking John Cusack and a hard-working Malin Akerman to roughly 90 minutes of solitary confinement in a poorly lit underground bunker, this glum, juiceless spy thriller is a by-the-numbers affair indeed, unlikely to find an audience on any frequency.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Although assembled with consummate care and obsessive attention to visual detail, Pacific Rim manages only fitful engagement and little in the way of real wonderment, suspense or terror.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Another blandly competent, thoroughly forgettable low-budget sci-fier assembled from the stray parts of other, better movies.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A fine cast can only do so much with the script’s pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    Shorn of eroticism, intensity or purpose... it strikes familiar beats in a manner more strained than inspired.

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