Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 79% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
343

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8% The Best Of Me (2014) " This tale of two former lovers reuniting after a 21-year separation also functions as a study of two terrific actors struggling to overcome the relentless mediocrity of their material. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 16, 2014
0% Kill Me Three Times (2014) " Feels like poser noir all the way, never achieving the darkly comic flair or freshness of style needed to sell its fatalistic twists. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 7, 2014
64% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) " It all goes down with a spoonful of sugar and a cheerystring of studio tie-ins - it's PG-rated sadism with a smile. " ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 2, 2014
33% The Song (2014) " With its strong performances, musical and otherwise, this romantic melodrama is many cuts above the faith-based norm. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 28, 2014
No Score Yet Adult Beginners " Rose Byrne and Nick Kroll play a sibling duo navigating their shared and respective crises in this warmly appealing dramedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 23, 2014
88% Gone Girl (2014) " Director David Fincher and stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck are at the top of their game in this mesmerizing adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 22, 2014
80% Fort Bliss (2014) " Even when the plotting feels strained or inauthentic, the Asche & Spencer score a mite too insistent, Monaghan's performance rings true. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 19, 2014
63% Madame Bovary " This latest adaptation of a rarely well-filmed novel makes a strong effort to capture the stiflingly provincial world that Flaubert was able to describe in such precise, painstaking detail on the page. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 16, 2014
No Score Yet Learning To Drive (2014) " As filmmaking goes, "Drive" is pretty pedestrian. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 15, 2014
No Score Yet Welcome to Me " Kristen Wiig plays a woman with borderline personality disorder in this startlingly inspired comedy from Shira Piven. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2014
47% The Little Death " Australian actor Josh Lawson writes, directs and appears in this middling ensemble comedy about the wacky sex lives of four suburban couples. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2014
60% Une nouvelle amie (The New Girlfriend) " Anais Demoustier and Romain Duris give beautifully controlled performances in Francois Ozon's delectably entertaining new film. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2014
44% Cake " At the last minute, "Cake" becomes a film not about chronic pain, but a different subject entirely, and one about which it doesn't have all that much new to say. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2014
100% Seymour: An Introduction " In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
64% Time Out Of Mind " A haunting piece of urban poetry that further confirms Oren Moverman as a socially conscious filmmaker of rare conviction and authority. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 8, 2014
88% The Drop (2014) " Tom Hardy gives another terrific performance as a Brooklyn bartender in writer Dennis Lehane's adaptation of his own short story. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
29% Men, Women & Children (2014) " A well-meaning but curiously anesthetized ensemble piece. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
89% Pawn Sacrifice " Tobey Maguire gives an angry, bristling performance as chess champ Bobby Fischer in Edward Zwick's conventionally effective biopic. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
79% The Theory of Everything (2014) " A stirring and bittersweet love story, inflected with tasteful good humor ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 7, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " An engrossing, unwieldy hurricane of a movie that plays likea small-town courtroom thriller by way of a testosterone-fueled remake of "August: Osage County." " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2014
63% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " This is a movie so intrigued by its designated villains that it almost conveys a perverse form of admiration, and the fascination proves contagious. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2014
100% Red Army (2015) " A terrifically engaging flashback to the glory days of the Soviet national ice hockey team. " ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 2, 2014
86% Wild (2014) " A ruggedly beautiful and emotionally resonant saga of perseverance and self-discovery that represents a fine addition to the recent bumper crop of bigscreen survival stories. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 31, 2014
40% The Possession of Michael King (2014) " Nowhere near as rigorous as the "Paranormal Activity" movies it superficially resembles, writer-director David Jung's increasingly unpleasant, rarely frightening debut feature won't possess screens for long. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 23, 2014
44% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2014
36% If I Stay (2014) " The overall execution is so pedestrian that it's possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers' good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 19, 2014
36% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) " Trite, flat-footed, culturally insensitive, and sagging under the weight of more than 25 credited producers ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 17, 2014
47% About Alex (2014) " Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 10, 2014
33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " You need "The Expendables 3" like you need a kick in the crotch, and while this running-on-fumes sequel may not be quite as painful a thing to experience, it will waste considerably more of your time. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2014
14% Louder Than Words (2014) " Hope Davis and David Duchovny give solid, moving performances as grieving parents in this inspirational heart-tugger. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2014
22% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) " Neither a particularly good movie nor the pop-cultural travesty that some were dreading. " ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 4, 2014
67% 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
66% 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
47% 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
14% 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
44% 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
24% 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
23% 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
91% 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
83% 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
55% 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% Live Die Repeat: 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
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