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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
63% The Polka King (2017) Playing con artists seems to bring out the best in Jack Black.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) It's an exquisite reminder of the wondrous things that can happen when a storyteller of boundless imagination avails himself of some rigorous discipline.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
93% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) An engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
31% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) "Insidious: The Last Gasp" might have been a more appropriate title for the fourth and potentially final entry in this lucrative, once-diverting property.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
81% Molly's Game (2018) Chastain draws us so deeply into Molly's lightning-speed thought processes that you can almost see her synapses firing, making "Molly's Game" not just a biographical portrait but a genuine thriller of the mind.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2017
67% Happy End (2017) If "Happy End" is something of a bad-seed nightmare, it turns out to be an unpredictable one, marked by unexpected flashes of warmth, sympathy and blistering humor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
50% Downsizing (2017) It's hard not to appreciate the visual and thematic scope of "Downsizing's" reach. But it's harder not to see the chasm between its strange, misshapen story and the grand, towering vision to which it aspires.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) A coarse, ugly, pointlessly action-packed reminder that every modestly sharp and amusing property must eventually be converted, by the commercial logic of Hollywood, into a soul-killing cash grab.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2017
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) "The Greatest Showman," for all its celebratory razzle-dazzle, in the end feels curiously lacking in conviction.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
82% Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) If our understanding of the losses these characters have suffered feels incomplete, it's hard to come away entirely unaffected as these men and women look back at their young adulthood and the whirlwind of historical change against which it played out.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) The Last Jedi, written and directed by the gifted indie auteur Rian Johnson, nails the balance of novelty and nostalgia in much more satisfying fashion.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) A welcome, stirring tribute to black female resilience through the ages.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
100% Foxtrot (2018) [A] bruisingly powerful movie ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
89% I, Tonya (2018) Gillespie may be indebted to filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell, but the character depth and tonal control of their best work seem beyond his reach.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
8/10 92% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) [Matvey] Novikov is on screen for only a few minutes and has little dialogue, but that's all this young actor needs to make a devastating impression. ‐ PopMatters
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2017
91% Mary and The Witch's Flower (2018) Magic flows freely if not infinitely in "Mary and the Witch's Flower," an effortless animated charmer from the gifted Japanese director and Studio Ghibli veteran Hiromasa Yonebayashi.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% The Disaster Artist (2017) Spelling out a joke may be the quickest way to kill it, but the obvious, expository nature of the mockery in "The Disaster Artist" doesn't make it any less funny or illuminating.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
30% Wonder Wheel (2017) "Oh god, spare me the bad drama," a character in Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" implores. Would that we could be so fortunate.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Novikov is on screen for only a few minutes and has little dialogue, but that's all this young actor needs to make a devastating impression.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) "Thelma" is tense, thoughtful and beautifully composed ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
97% Coco (2017) The script's ghoulish touches and mordant flashes of wit turn out to be its most disarming qualities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2017
94% On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja) (2017) It's more than worth seeing for Kim's exposed nerve endings alone, and also for the way in which Hong's typically playful sensibility seems to tilt at times into a surreal, menacing strangeness.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
75% No Stone Unturned (2017) None of this, apart from the eventual naming of names, can be described as revelatory. Gibney's genius is less for uncovering information than synthesizing it in such a way that we can see the outlines of sinister conspiracies at work.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
90% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) The most plausible element, the foundation on which the movie rests and finally soars, is Vega's magnetic and meticulously controlled performance.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
97% Félicité (2017) Beya ... arrives fully formed here as a figure of enormous dignity and warmth, a pillar of resilience who is nonetheless all-too-humanly susceptible to exhaustion, grief and despair.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
57% Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Branagh may know better than to mess with a ripping good yarn, but he doesn't always trust it to stand on its own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok (2017) This viewer ... was wowed in fits and starts, but mostly filled with a new, ungrudging respect for Hemsworth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
99% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) A restless, engrossing dramatic portrait of Parisian activists fighting the AIDS pandemic in the early 1990s.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
74% Last Flag Flying (2017) It's a sharp critique of American bluster, but also a sincere and funny valentine to everyday American life.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
99% God's Own Country (2017) Toughness and tenderness duke it out to the bittersweet end of "God's Own Country," a transporting, wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of northern England.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
81% The Square (2017) It affirms that art, this movie very much included, can tell us things about ourselves that we'd prefer not to know.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) In filtering a ripped-from-the-headlines story through the prism of satire, "Suburbicon" winds up squandering much of its power. For all that the movie borrows from history, it conveys little in the way of truth.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
7% 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
92% 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
64% 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
86% 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
96% 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
98% 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
34% 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
66% 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
51% 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
92% 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
85% 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
40% 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