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Justin Chang

Justin Chang
Justin Chang's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Los Angeles Times, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
92% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) What's delightful about "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" ... is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions about humanity even as it confirms them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
75% Kiki (2017) "Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) There's so much here that Peele gets right, and he delights in turning familiar thriller tropes on their head: In this racially charged context, he knows exactly how to exploit the sight of an approaching police car for maximum stomach drop.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There is tremendous visual craft and inarguable style here, but none of the discipline, the sense of pacing and proportion that would allow the filmmaker's creative instincts to soar rather than merely splutter.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
29% In Dubious Battle (2017) Can't help but dispense with much of the book's moral and dramatic complexity, and along with it any real capacity for fresh insight or surprise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
91% From Nowhere (2017) A somber and affecting independent drama ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) There is so much beautiful, beautiful killing in "John Wick: Chapter 2," you can hardly blame the movie for refusing to look away.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) In its best moments, this gag-a-minute Bat-roast serves as a reminder that, in the right hands, a sharp comic scalpel can be an instrument of revelation as well as ridicule.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
64% Dark Night (2017) Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
7% Rings (2017) At no point does the movie manage even a single sequence of sustained tension, or a frisson of genuine terror.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) You may very well laugh and cry during "The Space Between Us," though probably at the wrong times and for entirely unintended reasons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
57% War on Everyone (2017) A fast and ferocious pileup of highbrow allusions and lowbrow insults, shoehorned in between intense episodes of coke-snorting and head-smashing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) If the setup is creaky, the payoff, when it arrives, is a thing to behold.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) A powerfully erotic and affecting love story, albeit one so closely and intimately observed that the term "slow burn" seems almost inadequate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) "The Yellow Birds" ... takes the form of a detective story, albeit one in which the mystery is as drearily protracted as it is ultimately unpersuasive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) An ambitious, superbly acted epic of racial discord ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) If the humor gets a bit one-joke - I wish Molly Shannon's Mother Superior, in particular, had more to do - "The Little Hours" is nonetheless a cohesive vision.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Novitiate (2017) The tension Leo can generate simply by entering a room is extraordinary; the folds in her wimple look like extra neck tendons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
75% Landline (2017) Great movie bickering becomes a kind of music, but well before the end of "Landline," I just wanted the characters to cease their ranting and storming, or at least lower the volume.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
49% Trespass Against Us (2017) "Trespass Against Us" plays like the quirky indie-fication of the family gangster movie, its scrappiness overlaid with a patina of we're-all-in-this-together slickness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
40% Alone in Berlin (2017) A well-acted but creaky and curiously bloodless portrait of life during wartime from the Swiss-born actor turned director Vincent Pérez.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
69% Staying Vertical (Rester vertical) (2017) The sort of movie that is often described as "not knowing what kind of film it wants to be" - a dismissal that, in this case, should instead be considered high praise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
76% Split (2017) "Split" doesn't just revive Shyamalan's career; it resurrects his brand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
19% Sleepless (2017) At a certain point, Odar's intense atmospherics - amplified by the throbbing bass notes of Michael Kamm's heavy, percussive score - start to feel like the work of a filmmaker on genre autopilot.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) [A] somber and quietly affecting psychological mystery ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
96% Paterson (2016) "Paterson," like most films assured enough to make their own rules, is not just a refreshing change of pace but a revivifying one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
84% Silence (2017) This anguished, contemplative new movie, which [Scorsese] spent nearly three decades coaxing into celluloid reality, carries the weight of a career summation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
93% Toni Erdmann (2016) Ade has an unusual gift for planting more than one idea in each frame; I don't think there's a single one of the movie's 162 minutes that can be reduced to a single emotional beat or narrative function.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2016
95% Neruda (2016) Drolly and persuasively, the movie demonstrates that when it comes to evoking the artist and the nature of his art, historical fidelity and literal-minded dramatization go only so far.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) This movie doesn't rise to the level of so-bad-it's-good. But no less impressively, perhaps, it's just bad enough that you actually wish it were worse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A swiftly paced, rough-and-ready entertainment that, in anticipating the canonical events of "A New Hope," manages the tricky feat of seeming at once casually diverting and hugely consequential.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) Chazelle has assembled a vibrant, infectiously hummable pastiche of musical and cinematic styles - an entrancing ode to the glories of cinema past as well as a heartfelt expression of faith in the medium's future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) A clever exercise in gently heretical whimsy from Belgian writer-director Jaco Van Dormael.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2016
82% The Founder (2017) A sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world's biggest fast-food empire.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2016
76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) At once briskly and deliberately paced, sustaining a precise narrative clarity even as it seems to flow with the logic of a nightmare, "The Eyes of My Mother" confounds expectations and defies easy categorization.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
25% The Comedian (2017) [Its] promising setup and shambling rhythms are ultimately deflated by a soggy final punchline ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
70% Miss Sloane (2016) This is, in the end, not a sociopolitical tract but a movie, and one that unabashedly embraces the scintillating pleasures supplied in abundance on shows like "Scandal" to "House of Cards."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
96% Daughters of the Dust (1991) Its examination of a bygone way of life is so patient and evocative, so beholden to its own storytelling conventions and rhythms, that watching it is a bit like submitting to a form of time travel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
62% Allied (2016) Even when "Allied" loses its footing, there is something unmistakably touching about Zemeckis' commitment to evoking a world so quietly, heroically out of step with the times.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% Moana (2016) [A] lovely, reassuring hug of a movie ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2016
73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) [Ford] invests a tricky narrative juggling act with an intensity of human feeling that is the opposite of skin-deep. He tears through the veil of slick, self-admiring style that has both unlocked and at times obscured his very real merits as an artist.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) "The Edge of Seventeen" is the rare coming-of-age picture that feels less like a retread than a renewal. It's a disarmingly smart, funny and thoughtful piece of work, from end to beginning to end.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) It's ... not hard to feel a twinge of skepticism, a nagging suspicion that this busy, proficient, uninspired movie is soliciting not our sense of wonderment so much as our brand loyalty.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" casts a hard, mournful gaze at the indignities that its soldiers are made to suffer, from the lingering after-effects of PTSD to the self-serving pageantry that awaits them back home.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
78% The Monster (2016) Not least of the surprises here is that even when "The Monster" is trying to scare you witless, its every scene insistently reaffirms its characters' humanity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2016
80% By Sidney Lumet (2016) It allows Lumet to remind us, in his own voice, of the passion in his ostensible dispassion - the way he deftly subsumed self-expression within the brisk rhythms of his material and the superb performances of his actors.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
74% Trolls (2016) As infernally sugary as this movie may sound on paper, and however mercenary its commercial intentions, it's hard to resist ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Playful and distinctive enough to throw a wrench into the grinding gears of the Marvel assembly line.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) "Hacksaw Ridge" is a tribute to one man's courageous adherence to his deepest beliefs, made by a director whose commitment to his aesthetic principles is no less unswerving.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2016
90% Into the Inferno (2016) Even as "Into the Inferno" invites us to marvel at our insignificance in the face of Mother Nature's seething primordial firepit, Herzog, being Herzog, refuses to lose sight of the human element.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2016