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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
55% 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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
38% 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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
71% 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
Posted Jan 19, 2017
79% Split (2017) "Split" doesn't just revive Shyamalan's career; it resurrects his brand. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 19, 2017
15% 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
Posted Jan 13, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) [A] somber and quietly affecting psychological mystery ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 12, 2017
95% 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
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
Posted Dec 22, 2016
92% 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
Posted Dec 22, 2016
96% 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
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
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
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
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
Posted Dec 8, 2016
83% 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
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
Posted Dec 1, 2016
27% The Comedian (2017) [Its] promising setup and shambling rhythms are ultimately deflated by a soggy final punchline ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
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
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
Posted Nov 24, 2016
61% 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
Posted Nov 22, 2016
95% Moana (2016) [A] lovely, reassuring hug of a movie ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 22, 2016
72% 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
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
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
Posted Nov 17, 2016
44% 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
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
Posted Nov 10, 2016
79% 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
Posted Nov 3, 2016
75% 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
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
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
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
Posted Oct 27, 2016
100% Tampopo (1985) There are many love stories folded into this film's enjoyably meandering two hours, but "Tampopo" is above all about the romance of food, and the joyous, agonizing devotion and hard work required to tease out its manifold mysteries. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 27, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) A teasingly witty and elegant puzzle-box of a thriller whose pleasures are rooted not in visceral shock but in narrative surprise, and which wisely opts to seduce rather than pulverize its audience. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
85% Christine (2016) By turns coolly observed and disquietingly compassionate - qualities that also describe Rebecca Hall's brilliant central performance - the movie drifts alongside its subject, Charon-like, through the hell of her last weeks. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 20, 2016
93% Being 17 (Quand on a 17 ans) (2016) If the film has a governing principle, it's that love doesn't take root in a vacuum, and its path is never perfectly straight. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Conveys the uncanny sense of ordinary American lives being observed in intimate, unadorned closeup. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
97% Aquarius (2016) A film with an almost Proustian understanding of how a favorite song - or, for that matter, a sacred space or a cherished piece of furniture - can become a repository of personal meaning. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 13, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) "Voyage of Time: The Imax Experience" is a glorious cosmic reverie, a feast for the eyes and a balm for the soul in these angry, contentious times. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) Attempting to capture this woman's perennially sozzled state in visual terms, Taylor lets the camera wobble to and fro, punctuates the story with jarring cuts to black, and resorts to slow-motion with amateurish abandon. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 6, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) The camera races and races to keep this fast and furious young woman locked in its sights, turning her into an object of both pursuit and contemplation. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) This well-acted, smoothly crafted drama tells a story of cross-generational bonding in the face of historical oppression, in touching if unsurprising fashion. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 29, 2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Easily the director's finest work since his masterful 2007 screen adaptation of "Sweeney Todd," and a striking reminder of what an unfettered gothic imagination can achieve with the right focus and an infusion of discipline. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
99% The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri) (1967) The film is not just a relentlessly gripping entertainment but also a cinematic Rorschach blot, a moral miasma that tosses our sympathies this way and that. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Both a sobering memorial to the fallen and a harrowing chronicle of survival, anchored by Mark Wahlberg's performance as a blue-collar hero thrust into the jaws of a horrifying man-made catastrophe. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 29, 2016
100% Tower (2016) [Tower] powerfully channels the terror and confusion of that terrible August day while also achieving the weight and authority that can only come with time and distance. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2016
100% Cameraperson (2016) Enigmatic yet revelatory ... ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
96% The Age of Shadows (Mil-jeong) (2016) The screenwriters, Lee Ji-min and Park Jong-dae, embellish this crafty scenario with no shortage of ingenious complications, effectively doubling the number of double agents at every turn. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
63% Storks (2016) In between all the noisy set-pieces, and up until the big-bang action climax, it's refreshing to see a movie whose niftiest ideas are not just clumsily tossed off, but handled with care. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 22, 2016
77% London Road (2016) Here, as onstage, the musical stylization of every conversational line - with pauses, inflections and imperfections left precisely intact - transmutes the mundane into the unexpectedly poetic. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) There's a deeper emptiness at the core of the movie, a failure of nerve and a fundamental incuriosity about what makes the Snowden affair interesting and relevant, then and now. ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 15, 2016