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Justin Chang

Justin Chang

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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
76% Lights Out (2016) "The tale of a restless evil spirit who suffers from an extreme aversion to light, this nifty little chiller may be the first movie of its kind to unite the pleasure of a good haunting with the horror of an unpaid electricity bill. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 21, 2016
95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "[A] beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 18, 2016
33% Equals (2016) ""Equals" walls itself off from the suspense implicit in its scenario - it's practically an anti-thriller - and barely flickers to life as a tale of forbidden desire. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 14, 2016
68% The Infiltrator (2016) "It's Cranston's most accomplished and subtly layered film performance to date. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) "It proudly demonstrates that mediocrity - whether in the hunting of malevolent apparitions or the making of a mainstream comedy - is not, and never has been, an exclusively male pursuit. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2016
74% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) "A glorified hairball pulled together from the strands of better, more appealing movies and then noisily coughed up and disgorged at a multiplex near you. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
78% Captain Fantastic (2016) "In largely succumbing to the very complacency its characters claim to abhor, it turns out to be - I hate to say it - a far less interesting movie than it appears. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
88% Zero Days (2016) "The future is now, Gibney's documentary persuasively argues, and what it holds for all of us is as scary to contemplate as it may be impossible to ward off. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 7, 2016
74% The BFG (2016) "Like so many good dreams, it leaves us groping for a past that can never be recovered, but also looking ahead to a future that suddenly seems brighter, and friendlier, than we had dared to believe. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
54% The Purge: Election Year (2016) "What once seemed like design weaknesses in DeMonaco's speculative fiction - the willful incoherence of his allegory and the scattershot quality of his satire - now feel like a natural extension of his schlock-and-awe sensibility. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 30, 2016
92% The Innocents (Les innocentes) (2016) "Hope and horror are commingled to quietly moving effect in [The Innocents], a restrained but cumulatively powerful French-Polish drama about the various crises of faith that emerge when a house of God is ravaged by war. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 28, 2016
93% Right Now, Wrong Then (2016) "No filmmaker better understands the revelatory properties of small talk and soju, and few could make the art of repetition seem so rife with possibilities. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
72% Wiener-Dog (2016) "[A] barbed and beguiling canine odyssey in four parts ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
77% The Shallows (2016) "If you're looking for a quick and satisfying summer thrill - a reminder that all you really need to make a movie is a girl and a flare gun - then the aptly titled Blake Lively-vs.-shark thriller "The Shallows" should serve you nicely. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
51% The Neon Demon (2016) "Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style! " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
80% Les Cowboys (2016) "Bidegain ... respects the simple, melodramatic appeal of his story, and the primal emotions lurking beneath this story of parents and children torn apart. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 23, 2016
92% The Witness (2016) "The strength of "The Witness" lies in its recognition that the truth is often not just elusive but unattainable. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
68% Central Intelligence (2016) ""Central Intelligence" is dumb in all the right ways, and also a bit smarter than you might expect. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
94% Tickled (2016) "The movie draws you in with its eyebrow-raising look at an erotic subculture, then quickly escalates into a harrowing tale of alleged identity theft, online intimidation and American privilege gone dangerously awry. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
81% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) "A tightly coiled, beautifully acted relationship study that occasionally swerves in the direction of a gangland thriller ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 16, 2016
49% Genius (2016) "There are things to appreciate about "Genius" and its belief in the necessity of good editing, but when Kidman utters a line like "Human beings aren't fiction!" you may feel like pulling out a red pen of your own. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
29% Warcraft (2016) "Missteps and all, the movie pulses with a true believer's conviction. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) "Another virtuosic exercise in mobile camerawork and moldering production design, tethered to a story that handles its characters and their working-class milieu with an unexpectedly grounded, sensitive touch. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016
91% Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) "A melancholy tale of loss and regret that marks a singular feature debut for the Chinese director Bi Gan. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
100% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) ""The Wailing" is the rare commercial thriller whose feverish manipulations can't be dismissed as merely callous or exploitative. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
81% Chevalier (2016) "Scene by scene, it builds a vision of group dynamics as calm, violent and finally unyielding as the sea. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
77% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) "The pleasure of "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" derives not from the sting or accuracy of its satire ... but from the precision of its timing and the singular comic energy it derives from the talents on display. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 2, 2016
30% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) ""Alice Through the Looking Glass" is a movie for anyone who ever skimmed a passage of Lewis Carroll and thought, "This is great, but it could use a bit more 'Terminator.'" " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 26, 2016
91% The Nice Guys (2016) "Though the plot here may be a confusing, multi-threaded mess ... it's occasionally offset by the exuberance with which Black blends splatter and slapstick, and the leeway he grants his two very game leads. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 19, 2016
89% Dheepan (2016) "Scene by scene, there's a leanness and economy to Audiard's filmmaking that gradually shifts, via dreamlike ellipses and temporal blurs, into a poetically heightened register. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
90% The Lobster (2016) ""The Lobster" is very much its own brand of horror movie, as well as a deranged thought experiment, a stealth love story, and a witty dismantling of the usual barriers separating man from beast. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 12, 2016
62% High-Rise (2016) ""High-Rise" is a stubborn, incoherent wreck of a movie, and I mean that as fairly high praise. You won't follow everything that happens, but you may feel weirdly at home. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 11, 2016
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) ""A Bigger Splash" is a swooning cinematic appeal to the senses - two hours of al fresco lovemaking, gorgeous scenery and simmering erotic warfare. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted May 4, 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) "The director invests his filmmaking with so much bawdy, darkly comic energy that it's all the more perplexing that "Tale of Tales" never quite stirs to life. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) "Skipping deftly between time frames while keeping her camera close to her protagonist - played with tremulous understatement by the remarkable actress Alba Rohrwacher - Bispuri traces a journey of delicate interior shifts and reversals. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
7% Mother's Day (2016) "From awkward start to merciful finish, "Mother's Day" is a grim, listless affair ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 28, 2016
70% A Hologram for the King (2016) "The movie conjures no shortage of potent images, but push a bit deeper and your fist closes on empty air. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 19, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) "The most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 13, 2016
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016) "Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and a fresh cast of hair-cutting cut-ups ground this overly earnest but not-unwelcome third 'Barbershop' feature. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2016
54% Desierto (2016) "A brutal and merciless chase thriller that makes no apologies for its political one-sidedness and visceral extremity. " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 12, 2016
22% The Boss (2016) "McCarthy remains one of the funniest actors alive - a truth that frequently rescues, but doesn't really redeem, this sloppy comedy ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 6, 2016
No Score Yet Jean of the Joneses "Meghie's endearingly acerbic debut feature is a work of modest ambition and commercial outlook, but that modesty proves intrinsic to its appeal ... " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 30, 2016
89% Thank You For Playing (2016) "A documentary that works as both an emotional portrait of a slow-motion family tragedy and a slippery inquiry into the therapeutic properties of making art. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 22, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "There's a lot going on in Midnight Special, but Nichols is a classicist who takes his rhythms from his rural American settings, and he doles out details at a pace that feels urgent yet measured. " ‐ NPR
Posted Mar 18, 2016
No Score Yet The Master Cleanse "Touches a chord of bittersweet feeling that a more genre-oriented thriller approach might not have managed. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 18, 2016
No Score Yet Miss Stevens (2016) "A well-acted and involving dramedy that takes a few too many facile turns en route to upbeat endings all around. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 15, 2016
No Score Yet Hunter Gatherer "Josh Locy makes a beguiling directing debut with this curious tale of an ex-con trying to get his life back on track. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
57% The Trust (2016) "Cage supplies a stream of tension-defusing laughs while the script steadily applies the screws, but this disposable exercise in comic nihilism offers only a modest payoff at best. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2016
78% Keanu (2016) "An initially amusing but fatally overstretched action-comedy that marks a lamer-than-expected big-screen outing for Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele following the conclusion last year of their frequently brilliant cable series. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 13, 2016
87% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) "Few filmmakers have so fully embraced the bittersweet joy of living in the moment - one that's all the more glorious because it fades so soon. " ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 12, 2016
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