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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

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

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

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

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

Warcraft (2016)

"Missteps and all, the movie pulses with a true believer's conviction." ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 9, 2016

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

Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can) (2015)

"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

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

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

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 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Jean of the Joneses (2016)

"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

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 21, 2016

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 17, 2016

The Master Cleanse (2015)

"Touches a chord of bittersweet feeling that a more genre-oriented thriller approach might not have managed." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2016

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 14, 2016
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Hunter Gatherer (2016)

"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 13, 2016

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 13, 2016

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 12, 2016

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 11, 2016

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

"A sensationally effective semi-sequel that bears virtually no narrative or stylistic resemblance to its predecessor ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 8, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

"The movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider's perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2016

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

"This martial-arts mediocrity has airborne warriors aplenty but remains a dispiritingly leaden affair with its mechanical storytelling, purely functional action sequences and clunky English-language performances." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 28, 2016

Gods Of Egypt (2016)

"This is by any measure a dreadful movie, a chintzy, CG-encrusted eyesore that oozes stupidity and self-indulgence from its every pore." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 25, 2016

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Shadow delivers the sort of sleek, swiftly paced freakout that streaming customers will gladly look past subtitles to experience." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 23, 2016

The Invitation (2016)

"A teasingly effective thriller that builds a remarkable level of tension over the course of its 99-minute running time." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 22, 2016

Risen (2016)

"Whether or not it triggers a craze for divinely inspired detective stories, "Risen" makes a decent case for itself as the "Columbo" of the genre: It's amiable, creaky and not remotely predicated on the element of surprise." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Triple 9 (2016)

"A modern-day heist thriller of unusually grim, coiled intensity ..." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 16, 2016

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"The orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

"Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2016

Life, Animated (2016)

"Roger Ross Williams' captivating documentary explores a young autistic man's growth and progress through his obsession with Disney animated movies." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2016

Hail, Caesar! (2016)

"An inside-showbiz lark that regards the 1950s studio system with the utmost skepticism even as it becomes an expression of movie love at its purest." ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 2, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Debuting writer-director Nate Parker stars in this searingly impressive account of the Nat Turner slave rebellion." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Lovesong (2016)

""Lovesong" makes a virtue of restraint as it traces a complex emotional history in two parts, and innumerable (and sometimes quite literal) shades of gray." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Yoga Hosers (2016)

"To shackle two lovely and promising teenage actresses to material this dreadful could be reasonably construed as an awfully expensive form of child abuse." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Southside With You (2016)

"Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyer are terrifically cast as younger versions of Michelle and Barack Obama in Richard Tanne's disarmingly romantic walkabout." ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Love & Friendship (2016)

"A supremely elegant and delicately filigreed adaptation of Jane Austen's epistolary novella "Lady Susan."" ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2016