Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Justin Chang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
15% Big Significant Things (2015) "Essentially an 84-minute shoulder shrug captured onscreen, "Big Significant Things" is the latest American independent feature to suggest there are few things more intriguing than a young white guy trying to find himself. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 27, 2015
90% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "At once questioning and reaffirming the pleasures of cinematic espionage, this is the rare sequel that leaves its franchise feeling not exhausted but surprisingly resurgent at 19 years and counting. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2015
17% The Vatican Tapes (2015) "Mark Neveldine's first solo directorial effort is a silly, shrieky and eminently watchable exorcism thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2015
17% Pixels (2015) "A dimwitted '80s nostalgia trip best appreciated by those who have waited years for Adam Sandler's fine-grained intelligence and Chris Columbus' filmmaking mastery to finally converge. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2015
No Score Yet Cemetery of Splendor "The latest gently hypnotic cinematic enigma from the Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet My Golden Years "Arnaud Desplechin and Mathieu Amalric revisit the adventures of Paul Dedalus in this marvelously vivid coming-of-age drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
7% Safelight (2015) "A bland and unremarkable tale of sad souls and dead-end circumstances from first-time feature director Tony Aloupis. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 20, 2015
0% Jenny's Wedding (2015) "Plays like a series of hand-holding growth exercises for closed-minded conservatives, and relies too heavily on its tying-the-knot finale for both dramatic momentum and emotional closure. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 13, 2015
76% The Suicide Theory (2015) "A contrived but weirdly compelling thriller involving a tortured hitman, his willing prey, and the inexplicable curse that keeps them both from realizing their shared goal. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 12, 2015
35% Strangerland (2015) "The narrative machinery proves no more convincing than the underlying subtext. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "Succeeds well enough as a genial diversion and sometimes a delightful one, predicated on the rarely heeded Hollywood wisdom that less really can be more. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 8, 2015
100% Arlo and Julie (2015) "Ultimately a sweet, simple ode to the virtues of honesty and commitment in a relationship, "Arlo & Julie" may be a trifle at day's end, but it's a deft and pleasurable one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2015
55% Paper Towns (2015) "It may not subvert every cliche of the high-school romance genre, but director Jake Schreier's coming-of-age dramedy nonetheless pulses with moving and melancholy moments ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 4, 2015
10% Faith Of Our Fathers (2015) "A clumsily told story of friendship and wartime remembrance that has a tough time serving up a halfway believable moment, let alone a moving and powerful testimony about the Lordship of Jesus Christ. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 2, 2015
27% Terminator Genisys (2015) "The movie's willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2015
58% Southpaw (2015) "The undeniable intensity of Gyllenhaal's bulked-up, Method-mumbling performance may leave you feeling more pummeled than convinced in this heavy-handed tale of redemption ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2015
No Score Yet Fatima "This poignant slice-of-life dramedy proves as modest in length (78 minutes) as it is generous in rueful insight and emotional complexity ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2015
25% Beyond The Mask (2015) "A drama of redemption by way of an American Revolution history lesson, Chad Burns' action-adventure yarn offers little in the way of subtlety or surprise. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2015
89% The Assassin "Shu Qi plays the eponymous killer in this ravishingly beautiful foray into historical martial-arts territory from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 28, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "For all its initial narrative intrigue and visual splendor, winds up feeling like a hollow, hucksterish Trojan horse of a movie ... " ‐ Variety
Posted May 17, 2015
95% Carol (2015) "An exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story that teases out every shadow and nuance of its characters' inner lives with supreme intelligence, breathtaking poise and filmmaking craft of the most sophisticated yet accessible order. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 17, 2015
76% Good Kill (2015) "It's a movie that hits every one of its ideological targets, but still winds up missing the mark. " ‐ NPR
Posted May 16, 2015
100% Son of Saul "Hungarian helmer Laszlo Nemes and actor Geza Rohrig make a powerful debut with this grim, unyielding Holocaust drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 14, 2015
91% Slow West (2015) "John Maclean's impeccably crafted writing-directing debut at times has a distinctly Coen-esque flavor in its mix of sly intelligence, bleak humor and unsettling violence, exuding fierce confidence even when these qualities don't always cohere. " ‐ Variety
Posted May 11, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Thirty years have passed since our last visit to George Miller's sun-scorched post-apocalyptic wasteland, and yet "worth the wait" still seems a puny response to the two hours of ferocious, unfettered B-movie bliss offered by "Mad Max: Fury Road." " ‐ Variety
Posted May 11, 2015
48% Ride (2015) "Hunt hurls herself headlong into the role of this stubborn, controlling, self-satisfied, intensely judgmental woman, making it all the more gratifying when her veneer of self-possession begins to crack and we begin to warm to her in spite of ourselves. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2015
54% The Age of Adaline (2015) "Blake Lively's subtle, expressive performance sets the tone for this thoroughly ludicrous, thoroughly enjoyable romantic drama. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 21, 2015
18% Little Boy (2015) "The problem here isn't theological; even if it were in service of a different message entirely, the sheer gracelessness of Monteverde's storytelling would be a massive turnoff. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2015
6% Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) "Kevin James keeps falling on his face and colliding with heavy objects, this time in Vegas, in this tacky, numbingly inane sequel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 17, 2015
79% The Sisterhood Of Night (2015) "It does offer an appreciably even-handed, non-judgmental panorama of teens and adults flailing their way toward a place of greater empathy and understanding ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2015
33% The Road Within (2015) "There remains a nagging tidiness to the whole endeavor that leaves a strained, cloying aftertaste. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 13, 2015
100% Twinsters (2015) "Two separated siblings are reunited in Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto's irresistible documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
64% A Girl Like Her (2015) "Seems less and less convincing the more blatantly it strives for authenticity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "If you're disturbed by white-collar crime, but not quite as disturbed as you are by gay sex, then congratulations: You might possess just the right combo of social conscience and unexamined homophobia needed to fully enjoy Get Hard. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2015
16% Last Knights (2015) "Owen has floundered of late in his search for a big-screen vehicle worthy of his talents, and "Last Knights" doesn't exactly buck the trend. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 25, 2015
No Score Yet The Grief of Others "A delicate, elliptically structured portrait of six wounded souls coping with the aftermath of tragedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 21, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "Melissa McCarthy gets the funniest, most versatile and sustained comic showcase of her movie career in this deliriously entertaining action-comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 16, 2015
No Score Yet Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Alex Gibney takes on Steve Jobs and society's ongoing Apple addiction in this deeply critical biographical portrait. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2015
89% Amour Fou (2015) "What really fascinates is the comedy of errors -- and manners -- that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2015
60% Run All Night (2015) "Liam Neeson does his thing, and does it well, in this robustly satisfying Irish-American mob thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 10, 2015
5% Home Sweet Hell (2015) "This dismal stab at a darkly comic thriller is hardly the vehicle to resuscitate its lead actress's bigscreen career, but it's unlikely to do much for anyone else's, either. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2015
No Score Yet Straight Outta Tompkins (2015) "Zephyr Benson wrote, directed, produced and starred in this fitfully engaging but unconvincing account of his own tumultous, drug-addled youth. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2015
31% Chappie (2015) "A robot-themed action movie that winds up feeling as clunky and confused as the childlike droid with which it shares its name. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
11% Unfinished Business (2015) "Awkwardly wrapping a heartwarming message of self-acceptance in a layer of crude sexual humor, it's like a date who tries to pat you on the back with one hand while feeling you up with the other. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 4, 2015
29% Everly (2015) "Salma Hayek plays a sex slave turned killer in this stylish but lumbering actioner. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "Internal logic ... lends "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" not only its rough-and-ready comic vigor, but also a surprising measure of thematic integrity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2015
84% Wild Canaries (2015) "Levine's script does a clever job of keeping numerous balls in the air over the taut 99-minute running time, and the writer is especially good at using the information he feeds us in unexpectedly resourceful, double-edged ways. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
43% The D Train (2015) "Edgy and soft, audacious and coy, a largely enjoyable letdown. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "Glossy, well cast, and a consistent hoot until it becomes a serious drag. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2015
42% Knight of Cups (2016) "There's something at once vividly familiar and strikingly different about "Knight of Cups," a feverish plunge into the toxic cloud of decadence swirling around a Los Angeles screenwriter gone to seed. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 8, 2015
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