For 1,002 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Justin Chang's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Some Kind Of Beautiful
Score distribution:
1002 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    Smith may have some ways to go as a feature filmmaker, but he has given us a world of such grottily realized depravity that it feels like a story unto itself.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Split doesn’t just revive Shyamalan’s career; it resurrects his brand.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Justin Chang
    A stylish surface goes only so far to disguise the fact that we’re being sold some pretty cut-rate goods.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    For the most part, nothing about Claire in Motion seems overly calculated. It knows precisely where it’s going, but it’s also wise enough to leave that destination open-ended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    What’s magical about Paterson — and what may frustrate those seeking a tidier, prosier experience — is its refusal to settle for clear answers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    The beauty of Bening’s performance lies in those marvelously suggestive layers — all the delicate, tendril-like emotional possibilities that she manages to tuck into the margins of any given moment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    Building implacable dread and tension from scene to scene, the story is as simple as its underlying ideas are endlessly complex.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    Ade has an unusual gift for planting more than one idea in each frame; I don’t think there’s a single one of the movie’s 162 minutes that can be reduced to a single emotional beat or narrative function. That hefty running time isn’t a sign of indulgence, but integrity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    The movie may not have the audacity and emotional grandeur of a new Almodóvar masterpiece, but in every particular — its seamless manipulation of time, its sly infusions of comedy, its expert direction of actors and, yes, its fabulous wallpaper — it confirms his mastery nonetheless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    Although informed by the busy workings of history, politics and personal affairs, Neruda proceeds like a light-footed chase thriller filtered through an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” by the end of which the audience is lost in a crazily spiraling meta-narrative. Who exactly is the star and author of that narrative is one of the film’s more enticing mysteries.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Justin Chang
    This movie doesn’t rise to the level of so-bad-it’s-good. But no less impressively, perhaps, it’s just bad enough that you actually wish it were worse.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    A swiftly paced, rough-and-ready entertainment that, in anticipating the canonical events of “A New Hope,” manages the tricky feat of seeming at once casually diverting and hugely consequential.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Again and again, Van Dormael delights in finding romantic solutions to existential problems, in forging the kinds of topsy-turvy emotional connections between his characters that enable them to overcome their natural impulses toward suspicion, hostility and even violence.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    For a movie that all but demands that you swoon into its arms, La La Land doesn’t always seem to know exactly how to surrender to itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    [Hancock] turns the unlikely subject of a fast-food chain into a quasi-religious satire, a parable of American striving and, ultimately, a study of artisanal integrity gradually caving in to commercial compromise.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Justin Chang
    De Niro’s scenes with Mann glow with warmth and wit, but something in his performance clenches up whenever Jackie gets behind a microphone and starts railing about masturbation, incontinence and other below-the-waist targets.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    [Pesce’s] sense of horror craftsmanship is at once meticulous and oblique.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    See this smart, showboating movie now, before its simmering sense of justice begins to feel like a thing of the past.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    Even when Allied loses its footing, there is something unmistakably touching about Zemeckis’ commitment to evoking a world so quietly, heroically out of step with the times.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    The moral of Moana is that playing it safe can have its limits. It’s hard not to agree, even when this lovely, reassuring hug of a movie doesn’t entirely heed its own advice.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Justin Chang
    Written and directed by the gifted first-timer Kelly Fremon Craig, and graced by a superb star turn from Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It’s a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    The writer-director invests a tricky narrative juggling act with an intensity of human feeling that is the opposite of skin-deep. He tears through the veil of slick, self-admiring style that has both unlocked and at times obscured his very real merits as an artist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    It both benefits and suffers from the relentless commercial logic that has, for the moment, placed a bit of a stranglehold on its own considerable magic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Justin Chang
    Elle is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Deliberately steering clear of the usual gangland drugs-and-violence cliches, Josh Locy’s writing-directing debut features a welcome starring role for Andre Royo (“The Wire”), whose performance as a wily hustler trying to stay one step ahead of possible ruin sets the tone for this odd, occasionally mystifying but undeniably singular and imaginative work.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    Not least of the surprises here is that even when The Monster is trying to scare you witless, its every scene insistently reaffirms its characters’ humanity.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Justin Chang
    The sharp satirical edge that earned Fountain’s novel comparisons to “Catch-22” feels duller and more sluggish on the screen as Lee strains to weave his story’s dissonant tones and subplots...into a movie that works as both a compelling psychological portrait and an astute political argument.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    One of the achievements of Buirski’s absorbing documentary is that it allows Lumet to remind us, in his own voice, of the passion in his ostensible dispassion — the way he deftly subsumed self-expression within the brisk rhythms of his material and the superb performances of his actors.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Justin Chang
    As infernally sugary as this movie may sound on paper, and however mercenary its commercial intentions, it’s hard to resist its silly, utopian vision of a world where happiness reigns, love wins and the mere sound of Timberlake’s voice carries the promise of salvation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Justin Chang
    One of the pleasures of Doctor Strange is the way it both wholly embraces and gently mocks the unapologetic geekiness of the enterprise.

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