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Justin Chang

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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

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 17, 2016

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"The orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

"Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story." ‐Variety
Posted Feb 7, 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 3, 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 26, 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 24, 2016

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

"These discrete "reveries of the connected world" represent the latest of Herzog's heady explorations of what it means to be human (and even post-human), rendered in his characteristically personal, decidedly analog style." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Morris from America (2016)

"Craig Robinson and Markees Christmas play a father and son forging a new life in Germany in Chad Hartigan's winsome coming-of-ager." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 23, 2016

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

""Sky Ladder" may not fully penetrate the mystery of Cai's artistic identity, but it ends with the poignant suggestion that the most significant accomplishments often stem from the simplest, most personal impulse." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2016

Other People (2016)

"Strong performances from Molly Shannon and Jesse Plemons help this often flailing cancer-themed seriocomedy find its footing." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 22, 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

"A winning lightness of touch prevails in this delightful continuation of the durable DreamWorks franchise." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 17, 2016

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016)

"Bay has a genius for incoherence, and this is one historic crisis that feels uniquely suited to his dubious talents ..." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Ride Along 2 (2016)

"Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam, and add Ken Jeong to their ranks, in this tired, witless and potentially lucrative sequel." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 13, 2016

The Masked Saint (2016)

"An inauspicious first entry in the Christian pro-wrestling vigilante movie subgenre." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 12, 2016

The Forest (2016)

"Dormer is sympathetic enough in her double scream-queen roles, and Zada shows an occasional aptitude for generating suspense through framing, music and sound design, even if the beats he hits are often tediously familiar." ‐Variety
Posted Jan 7, 2016

Lamb (2016)

"Beautiful and troubling." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 21, 2015

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"For impressive stretches [Abrams] achieves the action-packed buoyancy of the old Saturday morning serials that partly inspired Star Wars in the first place." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 16, 2015

The Ridiculous 6 (2015)

"The scenery ain't bad but the laughs are tumbleweed-sparse in "The Ridiculous 6," a Western sendup so lazy and aimless, it barely qualifies as parody." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 12, 2015

Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before) (2014)

"[A] hauntingly beautiful new picture, which chronicles the gradual decline of a small coastal barrio in the Philippines in the final days before president Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law in 1972." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Joy (2015)

"The mop is miraculous. David O. Russell's latest movie, not so much." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 7, 2015

The Revenant (2015)

"There is plenty of amazement here, to be sure, but all too little in the way of grace." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Krampus (2015)

"Krampus isn't especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face." ‐Variety
Posted Dec 3, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"A pedestrian retelling of a harrowing real-life survival story that served as one of the key inspirations for "Moby-Dick."" ‐Variety
Posted Dec 2, 2015

Chi-Raq (2015)

"This sprawling, blistering state-of-the-reunion-address is Spike Lee's most vital movie in years." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 23, 2015

Criminal Activities (2015)

"A profane thriller that so closely resembles the B-movies that followed "The Usual Suspects," "Pulp Fiction" and "Get Shorty," it could be mistaken for an archeological discovery." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"The movie manages to register its own identity in gradual, piecemeal fashion, even as it doesn't deviate too dramatically from its predecessor's narrative template." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Krisha (2016)

"An intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 18, 2015

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Cross-species bonding may have its limits, but it's hard not to find beauty in a boy-meets-beast saga that, by the end, has made it hard to tell which is which." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 13, 2015

What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)

"A troubling study of denial, wartime responsibility and the challenge of dealing with a monster in the family." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 10, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

"An unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2015

The Armor Of Light (2015)

"Christian leaders calling for gun control are the subjects of Abigail Disney's intelligent and emotionally charged documentary." ‐Variety
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

"The Scouts save the day, but not the movie, in this witless zombie-comedy retread." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 29, 2015

Extraordinary Tales (2015)

"Five stories by Edgar Allan Poe get varied treatment in this striking but inert animated compendium." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 25, 2015

India's Daughter (2015)

""India's Daughter" makes for grim, infuriating and sadly necessary viewing, its despair tinged with the faintest hope that the protestors' call for gender equality may yet be reignited." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Burnt (2015)

"A moody-foodie therapy session that follows an increasingly tidy narrative recipe as it sets this one-man kitchen nightmare on a long road to redemption." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"The ravages of colonialism cast a dark pall over the stunning South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, the latest visual astonishment from the gifted Colombian writer-director Ciro Guerra." ‐Variety
Posted Oct 21, 2015

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

"Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons play real-life mathematicians in this plodding, overly dutiful biopic." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 27, 2015

Office (Hua li shang ban zu) (2015)

"Johnnie To and Sylvia Chang's stage-to-screen musical is a dazzling entertainment set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 24, 2015

East Side Sushi (2015)

"Anthony Lucero's delectable debut feature has its share of on-the-nose writing and Cinderella-story contrivances, but for the most part folds its cross-cultural insights into a pleasing underdog narrative." ‐Variety
Posted Sep 21, 2015
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