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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
19% CHIPS (2017) Can a movie be cheekily self-aware and still thoroughly terrible? Without a doubt. And yet damned if "CHIPS" doesn't somehow make the most of its own wink-wink awfulness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
44% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Bring Advil, or something stronger. It's morphine time!‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
84% Frantz (2017) More than once, "Frantz" hints that it will reveal itself as a homoerotic reworking of "Broken Lullaby." But Ozon has something simpler and no less intriguing up his sleeve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
48% Song to Song (2017) The famous, finely chiseled faces that drift before the camera both fulfill and complicate one of the director's aims, which is to critique the fleeting temptations and soul-crushing consequences of fame, beauty, power and decadence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
92% The Son of Joseph (Le fils de Joseph) (2017) If "The Son of Joseph" believes fervently in the restorative properties of painting, music and architecture, it is no less sincere in its affirmation of the redemptive power of human relationships.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This isn't just a remake; it's an act of cinematic upholstery, with all the padding that implies.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
71% The Sense Of An Ending (2017) The movie is ultimately Broadbent's showcase, and he shoulders the dramatic burden with sly, curmudgeonly expertise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
89% Raw (2017) Ducournau, making a stellar feature writing-directing debut, fosters the kind of disquieting intimacy with her characters that leaves us continually uncertain of whether we should fear them or fear for them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
79% Personal Shopper (2017) The movie is a quietly profound portrait of grief and loss, and perhaps Assayas' most surprising attempt yet to grapple with the anxieties of modern life ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2017
77% The Other Half (2017) What might have seemed pro forma on paper overcomes its occasionally studied stylistic tics to become a troubled, anguished love story that neither exaggerates nor soft-pedals the demons on display. ‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2017
21% The Shack (2017) Even its jolts of surrealism feel curiously stilted; what it needed was a director whose reverence would be tempered by a healthy sense of the ludicrous, an ability to tap into and draw out the material's stranger undercurrents.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
19% Table 19 (2017) Kendrick, one of the smartest actresses around, is playing well beneath her abilities. The movie is choking on fumes before it's even had the chance to begin.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
67% Before I Fall (2017) Takes an unapologetically silly conceit and wrings from it a surprisingly nimble and affecting survey of contemporary teenage attitudes and anxieties.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. (2017) What's delightful about "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore" ... is how consistently the film challenges our worst assumptions about humanity even as it confirms them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
78% Kiki (2017) "Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) There's so much here that Peele gets right, and he delights in turning familiar thriller tropes on their head: In this racially charged context, he knows exactly how to exploit the sight of an approaching police car for maximum stomach drop.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
40% A Cure For Wellness (2017) There is tremendous visual craft and inarguable style here, but none of the discipline, the sense of pacing and proportion that would allow the filmmaker's creative instincts to soar rather than merely splutter.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
29% In Dubious Battle (2017) Can't help but dispense with much of the book's moral and dramatic complexity, and along with it any real capacity for fresh insight or surprise.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
91% From Nowhere (2017) A somber and affecting independent drama ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) There is so much beautiful, beautiful killing in "John Wick: Chapter 2," you can hardly blame the movie for refusing to look away.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
91% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) In its best moments, this gag-a-minute Bat-roast serves as a reminder that, in the right hands, a sharp comic scalpel can be an instrument of revelation as well as ridicule.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2017
64% Dark Night (2017) Sutton's vision is unsettling and immersive, his technical precision immaculate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2017
6% Rings (2017) At no point does the movie manage even a single sequence of sustained tension, or a frisson of genuine terror.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
17% The Space Between Us (2017) You may very well laugh and cry during "The Space Between Us," though probably at the wrong times and for entirely unintended reasons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
56% War on Everyone (2017) A fast and ferocious pileup of highbrow allusions and lowbrow insults, shoehorned in between intense episodes of coke-snorting and head-smashing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) If the setup is creaky, the payoff, when it arrives, is a thing to behold.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2017
100% Call Me by Your Name (2017) A powerfully erotic and affecting love story, albeit one so closely and intimately observed that the term "slow burn" seems almost inadequate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
31% The Yellow Birds (2017) "The Yellow Birds" ... takes the form of a detective story, albeit one in which the mystery is as drearily protracted as it is ultimately unpersuasive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
96% Mudbound (2017) An ambitious, superbly acted epic of racial discord ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
86% The Little Hours (2017) If the humor gets a bit one-joke - I wish Molly Shannon's Mother Superior, in particular, had more to do - "The Little Hours" is nonetheless a cohesive vision.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
100% Novitiate (2017) The tension Leo can generate simply by entering a room is extraordinary; the folds in her wimple look like extra neck tendons.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
75% Landline (2017) Great movie bickering becomes a kind of music, but well before the end of "Landline," I just wanted the characters to cease their ranting and storming, or at least lower the volume.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2017
57% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
41% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
67% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
75% Split (2017) "Split" doesn't just revive Shyamalan's career; it resurrects his brand.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2017
18% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
57% Claire in Motion (2017) [A] somber and quietly affecting psychological mystery ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2017
96% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2016
85% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
25% The Comedian (2017) [Its] promising setup and shambling rhythms are ultimately deflated by a soggy final punchline ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016