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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, NPR

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
13% The Snowman (2017) There's probably a good movie or several buried in the frigid wilds of Nesbø's fiction, and with more time and cultural nuance and fewer cooks in the kitchen, it might well be realized.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
91% Walking Out (2017) A spare but deeply affecting male weepie, in which the intensity of feeling between father and son can find expression only under the most extreme circumstances.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
100% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) "Faces Places" turns out to be a road movie in more than a merely literal sense. It is at once a roving journey into environments we rarely see in cinema and an incomplete but invaluable map of Varda's memories.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
59% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) By all means surrender to its portrait of an earlier era of toxic celebrity culture, and also to the bracing nastiness of the central performances.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
87% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) You may long for a more disreputable, less buttoned-up telling, but there is something about this one's sleek, streamlined conventionality that feels both appropriate and pleasing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2017
97% The Florida Project (2017) All childhoods must come to an end, few of them as piercingly as the one in "The Florida Project," Sean Baker's raw, exuberant and utterly captivating new movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
97% Lucky (2017) The movie nurtures a quiet sense of mystery, content in the knowledge that neither an upbeat mind-set nor a cruel, nihilistic one can really capture the full experience of life as it's lived.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
30% Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) A moody, unpersuasive history lesson that promises, but never delivers, the juice and urgency of an insider's account.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2017
68% Victoria & Abdul (2017) Queen Victoria may well have been genuinely interested in Indian life in general, and the life of the Indian man she befriended in particular. But this genteel, self-satisfied movie doesn't begin to share her curiosity, much less earn yours.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
50% Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) It pulls off the impressive feat of feeling both hyperactive and lazy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
96% Stronger (2017) The movie is a straightforward, even familiar, tale of survival and recovery, but its grave respect for the unique extremity of its protagonist's ordeal cancels out any impulse toward exploitation.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
70% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2017) "The Unknown Girl" is an imperfect but absorbing addition to the canon, a carefully plotted thriller of conscience in which Jenny spends most of the movie patiently and persistently atoning for her mistake.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
81% Brad's Status (2017) Starting from a single key insight into human behavior - the natural compulsion to compare oneself to others - White has spun a funny, empathetic and surprisingly grounded comedy that itself defies obvious comparisons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
69% mother! (2017) You don't need a notebook or a theology degree to understand, on a fundamental level, the deeper sense that this violently irrational movie is making. It comes together beautifully in your head even as everything else seems to be coming apart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
91% Sieranevada (2016) Nonsensically titled, formally accomplished and richly engrossing ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
83% Beach Rats (2017) Harris Dickinson, the spellbinding British newcomer who plays Frankie, rewards the director's scrutiny with piercing emotional depth and a startling lack of self-consciousness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) While I'm generally inclined to applaud an action movie that seeks to be more than just an exercise in carnage, "The Villainess" turns wearyingly stop-and-go whenever it tries to fill in the void of its protagonist's emotional and psychological history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
38% The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) Even those who try to lose themselves in the meager, mindless thrills of "The Hitman's Bodyguard" may be distracted, if not by the looming specter of current events, then at least by the movie's technical shoddiness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
91% Marjorie Prime (2017) A seamless, unshowy weave of chamber piece and speculative fiction; at times it suggests a lo-fi companion piece to Spike Jonze's "Her" or perhaps an unusually soothing episode of "Black Mirror."‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) A hearty feel-good stew of hip-hop and tough love served up by the writer-director Geremy Jasper.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) What's remarkable about this wondrously assured debut is that technique never overwhelms feeling, in part because Kogonada makes the two seem inextricably, harmoniously linked.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
69% Annabelle: Creation (2017) When you find yourself anxiously scanning every background for suspicious activity, or wondering how a house full of people can suddenly seem so ominously quiet and emptied-out, you know the filmmaker knows what he's doing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
85% The Trip to Spain (2017) The least satisfying of the three, a sun-dappled test case for the law of diminishing returns ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
89% Good Time (2017) At once a swift, relentless chase thriller and an exhilarating mood piece that recalls the great, gritty crime dramas of Sidney Lumet and Abel Ferrara, "Good Time" is also exactly what it says it is: a thrill, a blast, a fast-acting tonic of a movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2017
55% The Battleship Island (2017) It's when the various threads converge that the mechanical nature of the plotting and the thinness of the characterizations are thrown into sharpest relief.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
15% The Dark Tower (2017) From start to finish, the movie exudes a stiff, joyless coherence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
76% Atomic Blonde (2017) "Atomic Blonde" may be a delirious exercise in outré nonsense, but it can also be a brutally effective action picture when the inspiration strikes.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
82% Detroit (2017) Tense, excruciating and entirely necessary ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
79% Brigsby Bear (2017) Scrappy and modest though [the] movie may be, it all coheres beautifully, and with a sweetness that never feels faked.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2017
86% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) "The Midwife" is an absorbing meander of a movie, prettily shot and a touch over-scored ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
89% Girls Trip (2017) Sexy, sharply written and beautifully acted ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) When you enter the theater, you can pick up your 3-D glasses with one hand and drop off your brain with the other. All in all, you might not consider it the worst exchange.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
94% Endless Poetry (Poesía Sin Fin) (2017) There's something ineffably moving about seeing the filmmaker take stock of himself and his history as he gently nudges this traveling circus of a movie toward its next destination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
67% To the Bone (2017) If there are few surprises along the way, there are equally few easy answers or miraculous breakthroughs.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) It would be hard to overstate just how singular this picture feels in its seriousness of purpose and in its cumulative power to enthrall and astonish.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
85% Lost in Paris (Paris pieds nus) (2017) Cruel comic mishaps may be this movie's raison d'être, but they are softened at every turn by the gentle humanity of the city's inhabitants, and by the unspoken sense that everything will turn out fine in the end.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) Opening in domestic contentment, moving through personal anguish and ending with a cosmic lament, it's a simple, wrenching story of love and loss that pries open a window onto eternity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
86% Scum (1980) The visual equivalent of spare, brilliant prose that occasionally bleeds (and bleeds and bleeds) into poetry.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2017
75% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The movie feels increasingly like a self-satisfied but unsustained provocation, a rich display of craft in service of secondhand shocks and ideas.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
80% You Were Never Really Here (2017) [Director Ramsay's] return seals her standing as one of our most fearless and forceful filmmakers, if not one as prolific as she deserves to be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
69% Wonderstruck (2017) Haynes ... puts a kid-friendly spin on his usual themes of isolation and frustrated longing in "Wonderstruck," an ingenious and often captivating adaptation of Brian Selznick's 2011 children's novel.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) "The Ornithologist" is both an opaque narrative and a deeply inviting one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
60% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Close to unendurable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
93% Baby Driver (2017) This is movie craftsmanship and showmanship of a very high order.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
78% The Beguiled (2017) "The Beguiled" has some of the spooky, suggestive magic of a fairy tale.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
42% The Bad Batch (2017) As a politically barbed fantasy, "The Bad Batch" is intriguing but facile; as a bid for cult-classic status, it's strained and self-conscious.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
98% The Big Sick (2017) Invigorates the Apatovian formula and indeed an entire genre with a thorny study of interracial relationships and the bonds that hold immigrant families together across an ever-widening generation gap.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Bay's visual sensibility has, if anything, matured, to the point of demanding and earning your exasperated surrender. He has a peerless command of the imaginative excesses of the Hollywood blockbuster.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2017
21% The Book of Henry (2017) Grotesquely phony and manipulative ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
46% Rough Night (2017) The title of this strenuously crude and crotch-obsessed movie may be lazy, but it's also pretty apt.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017