For 85 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Jen Chaney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 North by Northwest
Lowest review score: 0 Love the Coopers
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 85
  2. Negative: 19 out of 85
85 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    In its subtext, this movie tells us that nothing is as good as you might hope. That’s true of the era that Tony would later, wrongly, glorify. And it’s true of a movie that is fascinating to study and consider, but not nearly as good as the television series that made us wish for this movie to exist.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    The result is a piece that’s more personal, but also not as rigorous and objective.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    This film ultimately doesn’t reach its full potential in part because it can’t settle firmly enough on a vibe or viewpoint. It ping-pongs between buoyant caper, farce, and female empowerment drama without ever lingering long enough in a single zone to make an impact.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    Tina is sweeping, fascinating, and, because of Turner’s participation, deeply personal.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    It’s obvious that Poehler and her colleagues have taken great care to impart all the right civic and social lessons, and that’s good. But watching Moxie, you wish they could have exhaled more and allowed more unresolvable messiness to infiltrate the movie’s spaces.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This is a rock documentary that doesn’t just recount a band’s rise, breakup, and successful reunion, though it does do that. It invites its audience to see the band’s success from a deeper, more contextualized point of view.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Jen Chaney
    If your mind has opened even a little by the time American Utopia is over, that is a testament to what publicly presented art can do and why its absence is so deeply felt right now.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    A movie about such a pivotal figure who fought, and still fights, so hard for gender equality should spark some intense emotion, especially if you’re a woman. Weirdly, The Glorias never does that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Jen Chaney
    Class Action Park tries with only partial success to capture the dissonance between the funny war stories told about that hazardous site and how awful and tragic it was that young people lost their lives there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    A 90-minute kid- and grown-up-friendly work of cartoon comedy that’s as consistently delightful and clever as the series always was.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    This engaging, sturdily guided film from director Alison Ellwood (American Jihad, Laurel Canyon) argues forcefully that there is more depth and value to a group that fought and celebrated, broke up and reconciled, burned out and rocked hard for four decades.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    How pleasurable to once again escape to this thoroughly ridiculous, richly rendered place and live there, if only for a couple of hours until the credits roll.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Jen Chaney
    Fyre director Chris Smith (American Movie and The Yes Men) has experience crafting stories about guys with big dreams and the capacity to pull off long cons, and he has a great instinct for finding the most damning anecdotes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    As is often the case in documentaries like this, absorbing all those details as part of one, tightly edited story gives them an impact they lack when digested in individual pieces over time.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Jen Chaney
    It’s as if the film is taking after its own heroines: aspiring to something bigger than it should, and too often looking awkward in the process.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    After paying good money to take your family to see this film, you may be dealing with some anger-management issues of your own.
    • Washington Post
    • 18 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    Despite an army of appealing actors in its large ensemble cast, the rom-com Mother’s Day is startlingly unappealing. Clumsily edited and culturally tone deaf, it’s more obsessed with the titular holiday than even most mothers would find reasonable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Jen Chaney
    The genius of Zootopia is that it works on two levels: It’s a timely and clever examination of the prejudices endemic to society, and also an entertaining, funny adventure about furry creatures engaged in solving a mystery.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    You and your kids could probably craft a richer, more exciting polar bear adventure using nothing but Klondike bar wrappers and the power of the imagination.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 37 Jen Chaney
    Even McAvoy’s reincarnation-obsessed Frankenstein can’t breathe vitality into this shallow adaptation, which careens from moments of horror to serious drama to attempts at comedy that don’t quite land.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    East Side Sushi includes a number of moments that are a little too on-the-nose in their eagerness to convey the obstacles.... But Lucero compensates for such missteps with subtly persuasive visual choices and narrative restraint.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 0 Jen Chaney
    Love the Coopers is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of its ensemble cast.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Big Stone Gap suffers from some hokey moments, including an ending that’s both implausible and too heavy on the sap.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    With its appealingly conflicted hero and generous sense of humor, Meet the Patels has the breezy touch of a scripted romantic comedy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    Riley doesn’t merely make a fine nonfiction film about the life and legacy of the late conflicted artist. He virtually resurrects him.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Perhaps Sneakerheadz needs a sequel, one that more directly interrogates the shoe manufacturers themselves about the hazards of pumping up so much hype about their product.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Jen Chaney
    Paquet-Brenner has assembled a talented cast.... Yet he elicits mostly unmemorable performances from just about everyone involved.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Jen Chaney
    As with other Aardman productions, the greatest delights derive from relishing the details of the clay figures and intricate sets, crafted by the studio’s master model builders.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Jen Chaney
    After spending time with all nine of these sometimes-gutsy, sometimes-conflicted women and men, it’s impossible not to feel a deeper appreciation for their struggle to feel like the skin they live in is genuinely their home.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Jen Chaney
    Visually striking, meticulously rendered, a tiny bit pretentious, and emotionally inscrutable.

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