Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
312

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " It contrasts the heat and intensity of Indian cooking with the elegance and refinement of French haute cuisine, then balances the two with a feel-good lesson in ethnic harmony." — Variety
Posted Jul 25, 2014
58% Lucy (2014) " Scarlett Johansson and writer-director Luc Besson make an effective duo in this agreeably goofy sci-fi thriller." — Variety
Posted Jul 23, 2014
40% Aftermath (2014) " An often tedious but clammily atmospheric end-of-the-world thriller set in the wake of a nuclear holocaust." — Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2014
0% Among Ravens (2014) " Idaho is the only thing that winds up looking good in this terminally trite dysfunctional-family melodrama." — Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2014
0% Persecuted (2014) " Straw-man cinema doesn't get much more ludicrous than this heavy-handed, Christian-themed minister-on-the-run thriller." — Variety
Posted Jul 17, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " "Sex Tape" is an unaccountable drag - strained, toothless and far too tame to achieve the sort of outrageous, raunchy-titillating effect it's aiming for." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2014
15% Rage (2014) " Piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage's antihero little room to maneuver." — Variety
Posted Jul 14, 2014
43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " There are honestly stirring moments to be found in the movie's heartfelt tribute to the virtues of teamwork, courage and sacrifice, and in its soaring 3D visuals." — Variety
Posted Jul 4, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) " A well-meaning personal project that never rises above the level of amiable mediocrity ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 1, 2014
85% Coherence (2014) " [The] surprises, while cleverly doled out over the film's brisk 88-minute running time, don't entirely offset the general displeasure of spending time with this particular circle of friends, lovers and old flames ..." — Variety
Posted Jun 25, 2014
25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Although funnier and mercifully shorter than its 2002 predecessor, this latest collaboration between director Tim Story and comedian Kevin Hart is a formulaic and exhausting experience." — Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2014
96% CODE BLACK (2014) " Code Black feels like a brisk, vital report from the frontlines of emergency medicine, forged and rooted in the most intense sort of personal and professional experience." — Variety
Posted Jun 16, 2014
85% Ivory Tower (2014) " Although stronger on breadth than focus, it's an appropriately stimulating take on a far-from-sustainable system ..." — Variety
Posted Jun 13, 2014
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " It's an affectionate, sometimes downright slobbery career salute with a soft, unexamined center - a moving experience for all involved, no doubt, but one of limited interest outside the celebrity bubble it depicts." — Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2014
54% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " [Tully achieves] a winning innocence of spirit in which performances and production design are all perfectly synched to his low-key comic vision." — Variety
Posted Jun 6, 2014
58% Rigor Mortis (2014) " Multihyphenate Juno Mak makes his directing debut with this tedious tribute to Hong Kong's 'hopping vampires' subgenre." — Variety
Posted Jun 5, 2014
85% Korengal (2014) " Sebastian Junger delivers a worthy companion piece to 'Restrepo' with this more reflective dispatch from the front lines of Afghanistan." — Variety
Posted May 30, 2014
90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Tom Cruise stars in this cleverly crafted and propulsively executed sci-fi thriller about a soldier forced to relive the same day over and over again." — Variety
Posted May 22, 2014
27% The Search " Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius makes a 180-degree shift from the effervescent charms of 'The Artist' with this grueling, lumbering and didactic war picture." — Variety
Posted May 21, 2014
25% Lost River " Ryan Gosling makes an altogether inauspicious debut with this risible slab of Detroit gothic." — Variety
Posted May 20, 2014
88% Foxcatcher (2014) " Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum give superb performances in Bennett Miller's powerfully disturbing true-crime saga." — Variety
Posted May 19, 2014
15% The Captive " This ludicrous abduction thriller plays like an ill-advised assembly of tropes and themes from Atom Egoyan's highlights reel." — Variety
Posted May 16, 2014
78% Breastmilk (2014) " Dana Ben-Ari's gently affecting and insightful documentary achieves a remarkable intimacy with its subjects." — Variety
Posted May 13, 2014
92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " Not since 2003's "X2: X-Men United" has this filmmaker tapped so effortlessly into his talent for comicbook gravitas, his ability to mine emotional resonance, pop poetry and (crucially) sly humor ..." — Variety
Posted May 12, 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) " "Oh, Toto, this doesn't look like the Oz I remember," Dorothy murmurs at one point. Truer words were never spoken." — Variety
Posted May 7, 2014
18% Moms' Night Out (2014) " A shrill feature-length sitcom for the faith-based family values crowd, if nowhere near as good as that sounds." — Variety
Posted May 2, 2014
83% Belle (2014) " Incongruous as it may seem, the pleasures of Jane Austen and the horrors of the British slave trade make a surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit in Belle." — Variety
Posted Apr 28, 2014
44% Walking With The Enemy (2014) " A little-known tale of Jewish resistance during the final days of WWII gets tackled with appreciable ambition and blunt, sporadic emotional force in "Walking With the Enemy."" — Variety
Posted Apr 27, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Delamarre knows his way around an action scene and keeps the proceedings moving briskly enough, even if the picture clocks in at about 10 minutes longer than its taut, 81-minute predecessor." — Variety
Posted Apr 24, 2014
23% The Other Woman (2014) " Beneath the wobbly pratfalls and the scatological setpieces, there's no denying the film's mean-spirited kick, or its more-than-passing interest in what makes its women tick." — Variety
Posted Apr 23, 2014
13% Tasting Menu (2014) " This relentlessly mediocre ensemble dramedy features several of the least compelling dinner guests in recent memory." — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2014
43% Make Your Move (2014) " A slick, disposable soap opera about a poor white boy and a spirited Korean girl who fall in love despite hailing from rival corners of Brooklyn's club scene." — Variety
Posted Apr 20, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Leaves you feeling the film has somehow missed its mark, copping out with a mealymouthed, almost relativistic reading of the cosmic conundrum it has presented us with ..." — Variety
Posted Apr 15, 2014
—— Bad Country (2014) " A blandly executed action-thriller whose cast names (Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe) and mild '80s Louisiana flavor offer only modest compensations for the story's workmanlike construction and routine twists." — Variety
Posted Apr 11, 2014
79% Afflicted (2014) " A nifty found-footage thriller that marks a promising debut for writing-directing duo Clif Prowse and Derek Lee." — Variety
Posted Apr 3, 2014
76% Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014) " A serviceable Imax 3D nature documentary that duly meets the requirements of the form: majestic and intimate outdoor imagery, a grave yet reassuring lesson on the importance of wildlife preservation, and a short-and-sweet 40-minute running time." — Variety
Posted Apr 1, 2014
47% Rio 2 (2014) " Finally proves more exhausting than exhilarating as it lectures you about respecting Mother Nature one minute, knocks you over with a Gloria Gaynor cover the next, and squeezes in a lot of questionable comic relief in between." — Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2014
100% Journey to the South Pacific (2013) " Splendid views of marine life and the dulcet tones of narrator Cate Blanchett help a message of mild ecological alarm go down easily." — Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2014
—— The Great Invisible (2014) " A complex, deeply sobering appraisal of the fallout from the BP oil spill." — Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The creative spark and sense of purpose are gone in this hokey transcontinental caper." — Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2014
59% 13 Sins (2014) " A creepy little diversion that ultimately unravels long before its hero's fragile psyche does." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
100% Predestination " A breakout performance by Sarah Snook distinguishes this entrancingly strange science-fiction drama." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Veronica is still hard as nails yet also, in her honest self-appraisal, as soft as a marshmallow - a description that unfortunately also applies to the movie." — Variety
Posted Mar 9, 2014
100% Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014 (2014) " Themes of isolation and friendship play out in another fine crop of Academy-nominated toon shorts." — Variety
Posted Mar 2, 2014
13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Akiva Goldsman's feature-directing debut is a cloying, sledgehammer-subtle adaptation of Mark Helprin's vastly richer novel." — Variety
Posted Feb 12, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " Wes Anderson's captivating 1930s-set caper offers a vibrant and imaginative evocation of a bygone era." — Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2014
75% Land Ho! (2014) " Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson give pitch-perfect performances in this gently elegiac road comedy from helmers Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
100% The Overnighters (2014) " [A] tough-minded, admirably unresolved film ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " A longer, slower, more expansive sequel that nevertheless delivers deep, bone-crunching pleasure for hardcore genre fans." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2014
—— Hits " Actor-turned-filmmaker David Cross misses the mark more often than not in this scattershot debut." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2014
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