Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
305

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 305
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
77% Infinitely Polar Bear " Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut." — Variety
Posted Jan 19, 2014
83% Lilting " Hong Khaou makes a fine debut with this quietly resonant cross-cultural chamber piece." — Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " This conspicuous attempt to breathe new life into a long-dormant action franchise gets at least a few things right, chiefly the shrewd casting of Chris Pine." — Variety
Posted Jan 15, 2014
95% Blue Ruin (2014) " A lean and suspenseful genre piece that follows a bloody trail of vengeance to its cruel, absurd and logical conclusion." — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
78% Big Bad Wolves (2014) " Despite its undeniable chops, this comic thriller from directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado never becomes more than a stylishly gruesome exercise." — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
50% Divorce Corp. (2014) " A vigorous but clumsily argued expose of the corrupt family-court practices that have turned one of life's more painful experiences into a $50 billion-a-year industry." — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2014
43% Cold Comes The Night (2014) " "Cold Comes the Night" mines the sort of B-movie territory elevated by the likes of "Fargo" and "A Simple Plan," but minus the dark humor and the inexorable sense of dread." — Variety
Posted Jan 9, 2014
50% Beyond Outrage (2014) " The narrative haze clears eventually, and the action-dialogue ratio balances out with a succession of swift, punchy setpieces." — Variety
Posted Jan 2, 2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " After a bumpy beginning with 'An Unexpected Journey,' Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' trilogy finds its footing in this much more exciting and purposeful second chapter." — Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " A brilliant cast shines in David O. Russell's deliriously funny account of the notorious Abscam case." — Variety
Posted Dec 4, 2013
20% The Last Days On Mars (2013) " A murkily derivative sci-fi-horror entry that basically amounts to Red Planet of the Dead." — Variety
Posted Dec 2, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold, but Spike Lee's disappointingly straight remake of "Oldboy" is a lukewarm meal at best." — Variety
Posted Nov 26, 2013
48% Black Nativity (2013) " A bold but clumsy attempt to bring Langston Hughes' popular musical to life onscreen." — Variety
Posted Nov 25, 2013
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " A scorching, often unbearably brutal account of a June 2005 military mission that claimed the lives of 19 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Kunar province." — Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2013
18% Free Birds (2013) " This seemingly innocuous toon fantasy becomes another noxious-but-sanitized exercise in family-friendly cultural insensitivity." — Variety
Posted Oct 29, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " This robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements." — Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " Peirce's film works for a considerable stretch as a derivative but impressively coherent vision." — Variety
Posted Oct 17, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " An impressively spare, nearly dialogue-free stranded-at-sea drama starring a superb Robert Redford." — Variety
Posted Oct 14, 2013
22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " A desultory new version of Shakespeare's tragedy that feels shorn of eroticism, intensity or purpose." — Variety
Posted Oct 9, 2013
42% The Face of Love (2014) " Annette Bening and Ed Harris bring potent conviction to this maudlin but strangely compelling psychological love story." — Variety
Posted Sep 18, 2013
67% How I Live Now (2013) " Held together by a forceful performance from Saoirse Ronan, director Kevin Macdonald's adaptation of Meg Rosoff's novel makes up in emotional immediacy what it lacks in broad dramatic sweep." — Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2013
44% Blind Detective (Man Tam) " This madcap mystery-romance sustains a light, bouncy tone and a decent hit-to-miss laff ratio even in scenes involving strangulation, dismemberment and cannibalism." — Variety
Posted Sep 14, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " Alex Gibney delivers not just a detailed, full-access account of his subject, in all his defiance, hubris and tentative self-reckoning, but also a layered inquiry into the culture of competitiveness, celebrity, moral relativism and hypocrisy." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
93% Top of the Lake: Season 1 (TV, 2013) " Absorbing and richly atmospheric. " — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " A howl of anti-clerical outrage wrapped in a tea cozy, "Philomena" applies amusing banter and a sheen of good taste to the real-life quest of Philomena Lee." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
83% Tracks (2014) " Mia Wasikowska gives a fine, flinty performance in this beautifully rendered adaptation of Robyn Davidson's international bestseller." — Variety
Posted Sep 13, 2013
79% Lucky Them (2014) " [A] terrifically acted dramedy directed by rising talent Megan Griffiths." — Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2013
86% What If (2014) " Roughly three parts charming to one part cloying, "The F Word" attempts and largely succeeds at pulling off a smart, self-aware riff on romantic-comedy conventions while maintaining a core of earnest feeling." — Variety
Posted Sep 11, 2013
83% The Double (2014) " It's a bleak, alienating vision by design, and the cruel sense of repetition that sets in feels entirely intentional, conveying again and again the weight of society bearing down relentlessly on one individual." — Variety
Posted Sep 10, 2013
35% Jayne Mansfield's Car (2013) " A fine cast can only do so much with the script's pileup of generational conflict and long-winded introspection, resulting in a willfully out-of-step picture." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
64% Bad Words (2014) " Jason Bateman makes an auspicious directing debut with this exuberantly foul-mouthed and mean-spirited comedy." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " While the conversation sparkles and amuses as ever, there are indications here that Holofcener's uniquely perceptive voice has begun to calcify somewhat into a familiar house style." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
51% Hateship Loveship (2014) " Liza Johnson makes fine, steady progress with this delicate and absorbing character study starring Kristen Wiig." — Variety
Posted Sep 9, 2013
13% A Promise (2014) " This awkward, passionless drama conveys neither the sensuality nor the drawn-out sense of longing required by its period tale of a young secretary who falls in love with his employer's wife." — Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2013
31% Adore (2013) " An impeccably tasteful picture about some awfully tasteless decisions." — Variety
Posted Sep 3, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " [A] white-knuckle space odyssey, a work of great narrative simplicity and visual complexity ..." — Variety
Posted Aug 28, 2013
34% Passion (2013) " This tarted-up English-language remake affords some modestly campy pleasures, but lacks the delirious trash-horror verve of De Palma's best work." — Variety
Posted Aug 26, 2013
12% The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013) " A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness." — Variety
Posted Aug 21, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " "Kick-Ass 2″ improves on its 2010 predecessor in at least one respect: It doesn't make the mistake of trying to pass off its bone-crunching brutality as something shocking or subversive." — Variety
Posted Aug 14, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " "Planes" is so overrun with broad cultural stereotypes that it should come with free ethnic-sensitivity training for especially impressionable kids." — Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " "We're the Filler" might have been a more apt title ..." — Variety
Posted Aug 6, 2013
—— Apartment 1303 3D (2013) " Your monthly rent is probably scarier than what writer-director Michael Taverna has cooked up in this inept and derivative tale ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 25, 2013
37% Dealing With Idiots (2013) " [A] flat, aimless comedy skewering the parents of junior baseball players." — Variety
Posted Jul 19, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " A meaty, fully realized drama that cleverly functions as both an update of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and a satire on One Percent excess." — Variety
Posted Jul 17, 2013
86% Computer Chess (2013) " An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear, this quasi-mockumentary is easy to admire in spirit even when its haphazard construction practically defines hit-or-miss." — Variety
Posted Jul 16, 2013
42% Red 2 (2013) " An obligatory sequel that can't quite recapture the sly, laid-back pleasures of its cheerfully ridiculous predecessor." — Variety
Posted Jul 15, 2013
36% The Hot Flashes (2013) " [A] strained and soapy empowerment comedy ..." — Variety
Posted Jul 11, 2013
86% The Conjuring (2013) " A sensationally entertaining old-school freakout and one of the smartest, most viscerally effective thrillers in recent memory." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
80% Europa Report (2013) " Two currently popular strands of genre filmmaking, the low-budget sci-fier and the found-footage thriller, merge to reasonably plausible and impressively controlled effect in Europa Report." — Variety
Posted Jun 24, 2013
77% Somm (2013) " [It's] a Herculean feat that all but requires advanced degrees in wine theory, history, geography, service and, most crucially, tasting, all of which director Jason Wise examines in crisp, quaffable if overlong fashion." — Variety
Posted Jun 21, 2013
78% Monsters University (2013) " Scanlon deals honestly and inventively with the hard reality that some talents can't be taught and some dreams remain unfulfilled." — Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2013
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