Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
53% 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
15% 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
4% 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
78% 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
36% The Road Within (2015) " There remains a nagging tidiness to the whole endeavor that leaves a strained, cloying aftertaste. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 13, 2015
No Score Yet Twinsters " Two separated siblings are reunited in Samantha Futerman and Ryan Miyamoto's irresistible documentary. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 2, 2015
65% 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
17% 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
100% 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 " Alex Gibney takes on Steve Jobs and society's ongoing Apple addiction in this deeply critical biographical portrait. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2015
91% 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
6% 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
30% 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
34% 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 " 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
79% McFarland USA (2015) " Where the picture excels is as a straightforward sports drama, and Caro delivers the satisfactions of the genre with unfussy verve. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2015
No Score Yet Prophet's Prey " A gripping, authoritative account of the myriad abuses of Warren Jeffs, the currently incarcerated leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. " ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2015
62% The Nightmare " Rodney Ascher's follow-up to 'Room 237' is a unique hybrid of documentary and horror-thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 30, 2015
77% The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) " The combination of relentless forward drive and gruesomely fastidious detail, while audacious and admirable in theory, begins to pay dwindling returns in a picture that feels rather longer than its 122-minute running time. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 27, 2015
89% Last Days In The Desert " A quietly captivating and remarkably beautiful account of Jesus' time in the wilderness before the beginning of his ministry. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 26, 2015
89% Mississippi Grind " Discerning arthouse-goers will warm to the film's superb performances, haunting sense of place and willingness to meander, as well as its sly rumination on the mysterious interplay of fate and friendship in shaping an individual's destiny. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2015
No Score Yet Tangerine (2015) " 'Starlet' helmer Sean Baker delivers another compassionate portrait of life on the L.A. margins with this big-hearted, low-budget tale of two transgender prostitutes. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
No Score Yet Seoul Searching " A unique portrait of the Korean immigrant experience distinguishes writer-director Benson Lee's messy but endearing '80s-set comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2015
89% The Witch " Writer-director Robert Eggers makes an impressive feature debut with this gripping historical horror-thriller. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2015
18% Strange Magic (2015) " This noisy, unappealing children's fantasy fails to distinguish itself among January's many, many reasons to steer clear of the multiplex. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 21, 2015
22% We'll Never Have Paris (2015) " A sporadically amusing, more often grating romantic comedy. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2015
4% Vice (2015) " Bruce Willis plays the CEO of a futuristic resort where perfectly human-looking androids exist to fulfill their clients' deepest, darkest desires - none of which, it can safely be said, involve watching movies as relentlessly mediocre as this one. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 20, 2015
28% The Wedding Ringer (2015) " For all [its] assets, "The Wedding Ringer" ultimately flattens out in all-too-familiar ways ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 15, 2015
90% Something, Anything " A delicate study of a young woman extricating herself from the trappings of an outwardly successful life, "Something, Anything" marks a quietly assured feature debut for writer-director Paul Harrill. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 13, 2015
17% Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2015) " [A] torturously unfunny exercise, which doesn't even rise to the level of competent misogyny ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2015
45% Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks (2014) " [A] creaky, listless affair ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2014
9% Dying of the Light (2014) " A weirdly misshapen, fitfully intriguing depiction of one man's wayward quest for justice, plainly compromised in ways that only a director's cut could properly illuminate. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2014
51% Unbroken (2014) " A bit embalmed in its own nobility, it's an extraordinary story told in dutiful, unexceptional terms, the passionate commitment of all involved rarely achieving gut-level impact. " ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 1, 2014
28% Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) " The result feels less like a straightforward retread of the biblical narrative than an amped-up commentary on it: This "Exodus" comes at you in a heady and violent onrush of incident ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 29, 2014
85% The Mule (2014) " An excremental but hardly execrable Australian comedy-drama that plays like the klutzy, sheets-soiling stepbrother of "Maria Full of Grace." " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 24, 2014
72% Big Eyes (2014) " "Big Eyes" doesn't seem to trust either the factual truth or the emotional logic of the dilemma it's showing us. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 14, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) " Nuri Bilge Ceylan is at the peak of his powers with Winter Sleep, a richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful magnum opus that surely qualifies as the least boring 196-minute movie ever made. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2014
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) " Inane and incredibly tasteless ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2014
73% American Sniper (2015) " This harrowing and intimate character study offers fairly blunt insights into the physical and psychological toll exacted on the front lines, yet strikes even its familiar notes with a sobering clarity ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 12, 2014
46% The Gambler (2014) " There's enough swaggering cynicism for three pictures but barely enough soul to sustain even one in Rupert Wyatt's "The Gambler," a stylish, energetic but disappointingly glib remake of Karel Reisz's still-potent 1974 drama of the same title. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 11, 2014
65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) " The series' two-part finale gets under way in solid, absorbing if not exactly inspired fashion. " ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 10, 2014
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