Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Variety
Total Reviews:
305

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Showing 101 - 150 of 305
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
83% This Is the End (2013) " Offsets its slightly smug premise with a clever sense of self-parody and near-cataclysmic levels of vulgarity." — Variety
Posted May 31, 2013
—— Death March " [A] gruelingly abstract and attenuated war meditation. " — Variety
Posted May 20, 2013
44% He's Way More Famous Than You (2013) " Self-pity, self-parody and self-destruction are blurred to cringe-inducing effect in He's Way More Famous Than You." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
67% Desperate Acts Of Magic (2013) " Gold's conventional script is enlivened by engaging performances, authentic tricks and amusing noir-parody touches as it delves into the often unsavory institutional politics of the magic industry." — Variety
Posted May 15, 2013
0% Generation Um... (2013) " A slapped-together sub-mumblecore exercise that at times suggests a feature-length expansion of 2010′s "Sad Keanu" meme" — Variety
Posted May 2, 2013
66% The Iceman (2013) " A finely chiseled thriller that reflects the cold-blooded efficiency of its murderous subject in every frame and detai" — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2013
87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " This beautifully observed drama essentially strikes the same sad note for 98 minutes, though with enough sensitivity and emotional variation to make the experience cumulatively heartrending." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2013
82% Something in the Air (2013) " Made with the bittersweet clarity of hindsight and the assurance of a director in peak form, Something in the Air is Olivier Assayas' wise and wistful memory-piece on the revolutionary fervor that suffused his young adulthood." — Variety
Posted Apr 29, 2013
50% At Any Price (2013) " An artfully downbeat drama that proves easier to admire than to embrace." — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) " Illuminating but heavy-handed." — Variety
Posted Apr 22, 2013
4% Scary Movie 5 (2013) " [A] numbingly inane if cheerfully up-to-the-minute new entry in a franchise presumed to have breathed its last seven years ago." — Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2013
54% Oblivion (2013) " A moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way." — Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2013
45% To The Wonder (2013) " Flaws and all, this is ravishing, distrib-worthy work from a filmmaker who hasn't lost his capacity to move and surprise." — Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2013
65% Antiviral (2013) " Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb, rather than seeming like choice gross-out moments lovingly designed for maximum viewer recoil." — Variety
Posted Apr 8, 2013
7% Tomorrow You're Gone (2013) " There are intimations throughout that Charlie may not have the strongest grip on reality, though there's nothing ambiguous about the picture's overriding tedium." — Variety
Posted Apr 5, 2013
28% G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) " Retaliation makes any number of ham-fisted bids for topical relevance, and naturally almost every one of them represents an affront to good taste." — Variety
Posted Mar 27, 2013
59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " Oz the Great and Powerful can be enjoyed, up to a point, on its own colorful, diverting but finally rather futile terms." — Variety
Posted Mar 1, 2013
52% Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) " Fee-fi-fo-fum, this fairy-tale retread is pretty dumb." — Variety
Posted Feb 26, 2013
25% Phantom (2013) " The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in Phantom." — Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2013
83% 11 Flowers (2013) " An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China's Cultural Revolution, 11 Flowers takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai's finest films." — Variety
Posted Feb 19, 2013
12% Safe Haven (2013) " Safe Haven offers an unsurprising but not unsatisfying tour through recognizable Sparkville terrain." — Variety
Posted Feb 13, 2013
63% Linsanity (2013) " [Its] strong but wholly appropriate Christian overtones may alienate some fans, but this is rousing fare ..." — Variety
Posted Feb 5, 2013
27% The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2013) " A silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget." — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2013
83% Side Effects (2013) " Steven Soderbergh's elegantly coiled puzzler spins a tale of clinical depression and psychiatric malpractice into an absorbing, cunningly unpredictable entertainment." — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2013
93% Night Across the Street (2013) " Pleasurably disorienting." — Variety
Posted Feb 4, 2013
27% Jobs (2013) " Avoids outright hagiography, but more or less embodies the sort of bland, go-with-the-flow creative thinking Jobs himself would have scorned." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) " The impression the film leaves is of a deep-pocketed institution that, for all its claims of humane and professional treatment, tolerates practices that are fundamentally at odds with the animals' well-being ..." — Variety
Posted Jan 29, 2013
100% God Loves Uganda (2013) " On its own angry, preaching-to-the-secular-choir terms, Roger Ross Williams' forceful polemic succeeds to a startling degree." — Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " Blue Caprice is a chillingly plausible and responsibly handled attempt to dramatize the disturbing bond between the two men behind the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
93% Top of the Lake (2013) " Absorbing and richly atmospheric." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
74% The East (2013) " The second picture in a fascinating collaboration with producer-writer-star Brit Marling, this clever, involving spy drama builds to a terrific level of intrigue before losing some steam in its second half." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
98% Before Midnight (2013) " One of the great movie romances of the modern era achieves its richest and fullest expression in Before Midnight." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
84% Upstream Color (2013) " Upstream Color is a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " A mysterious Beat Generation footnote is fleshed out with skilled performances, darkly poetic visuals and a vivid rendering of 1940s academia in Kill Your Darlings." — Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2013
28% Broken City (2013) " Broken City is an evocative and over-ambitious title for a so-so political potboiler that wants to be a gritty, expansive epic of moral and urban decay." — Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2013
65% Mama (2013) " What's under the bed? Who's behind that door? What's making those vaguely satanic noises? These and other thought-provoking questions are entertained in Mama, a visually polished but overly repetitive chiller." — Variety
Posted Jan 16, 2013
60% The Last Stand (2013) " Schwarzenegger, when he's not plowing his way through reams of semi-intelligible dialogue, proves he's still capable of firing off a few rounds and pulling broken glass out of his leg. " — Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2013
79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " If the result feels like a Pinocchio story that spends too much time with Geppetto, or a takedown of narcissism that never breaks free of what it's critiquing, Dano nonetheless makes Calvin compelling company." — Variety
Posted Jan 8, 2013
8% A Dark Truth (2013) " A self-serious eco-thriller assembled with a competent but heavy hand." — Variety
Posted Jan 4, 2013
93% The Gatekeepers (2013) " The brutal recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is rivetingly recounted by some of its most prominent players in The Gatekeepers." — Variety
Posted Dec 18, 2012
70% Les Misérables (2012) " The squalor and upheaval of early 19th-century France are conveyed with a vividness that would have made Victor Hugo proud, heightened by the raw, hungry intensity of the actors' live oncamera vocals." — Variety
Posted Dec 6, 2012
4% Playing for Keeps (2012) " A modestly affecting reconciliation drama wrapped in a so-so sports movie by way of a misogynistic romantic comedy, Playing for Keeps can't stop tripping all over itself." — Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2012
52% Promised Land (2013) " A quietly absorbing if finally somewhat dubious drama about an unlikely anti-corporate crusader." — Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2012
93% Barbara (2012) " This wise and incisively crafted drama brings simmering intelligence and a dry, sardonic compassion to bear on its tale of two doctors slowly worming their way into each other's hearts and minds." — Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2012
51% This is 40 (2012) " An acutely perceptive, emotionally generous laffer about the joys and frustrations of marriage and middle age." — Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2012
75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Trading in pleasures of a deliberately rarefied sort, writer-director Andrew Dominik's talky, character-rich genre piece largely short-circuits thrills to sketch a grimly funny portrait of thugs taking care of business, in every rotten sense of the word." — Variety
Posted Nov 30, 2012
81% The Impossible (2012) " The most harrowing disaster movie in many a moon, The Impossible marries a tremendous feat of physical filmmaking to an emotional true story of family survival." — Variety
Posted Nov 14, 2012
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012) " This second of two Bill Condon-directed installments clears a low bar to stand easily as the franchise's most eventful and exciting entry." — Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2012
62% Hitchcock (2012) " Hitchcock offers almost zero insight into the peculiar workings of creative genius, or into the rich, taboo-shattering legacy of the film whose making it documents." — Variety
Posted Nov 5, 2012
78% A Late Quartet (2012) " A skillfully performed drama that treats the varieties of musical expression as an effective if unsubtle metaphor for a person's many possible pathways through life." — Variety
Posted Nov 1, 2012
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