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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
98% Baby Driver (2017) This is movie craftsmanship and showmanship of a very high order.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
75% 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
45% 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
97% 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
22% The Book of Henry (2017) Grotesquely phony and manipulative ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2017
48% 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
78% The Hero (2017) Elliott's droll delivery and laconic charm are very much in evidence; he probably couldn't turn them off if he tried, though "The Hero" leaves you wondering if maybe he should have.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
87% It Comes At Night (2017) As he did in "Krisha," Shults avoids the conventional trap of exposition, relying instead on his striking command of the medium to evoke the inner life of a family under extraordinarily bleak circumstances.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
76% Beatriz at Dinner (2017) This queasily funny and suspenseful movie is more than a smirking exercise in ideological deck stacking, and to praise it for its political relevance would be to understate its subtlety and specificity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2017
74% The Death of Louis XIV (La mort de Louis XIV) (2017) Serra has done his subject justice, transmuting the slow and steady march toward oblivion into an aptly imposing and unyielding work of art.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
92% Wonder Woman (2017) Director Patty Jenkins and her collaborators have taken the well-worn superhero origin story and invested it with a rich, sometimes revelatory depth of feeling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
76% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Berlin Syndrome might look on the surface like a polished B-movie, a crafty and violent tale of a woman in captivity; but it's also the rare psychological thriller that feels not just taut and gripping, but genuinely exploratory.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
71% Alien: Covenant (2017) This movie may be a convulsively entertaining throwback to Scott's glory days, but to look upon Fassbender, with his icy and seductive post-human gaze, is to behold this franchise's future.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
35% Snatched (2017) "Snatched" may represent a failure of sensitivity, but it's an even greater failure of nerve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
74% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) We warm to Jeanne's plight not because it is so relatable or familiar, but rather because every turn feels so vivid and so enveloping.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
28% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) There are some first-rate performances in "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," most of them delivered by computer-generated animals.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 11, 2017
86% The Lovers (2017) Having a fling with a younger, hotter artiste type may be a midlife-crisis cliché, but it's one that writer-director Jacobs invests with real flesh, blood and feeling ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
51% The Dinner (2017) "The Dinner" turns a high-end double date into a seething evisceration of the upper class and the moral rot lurking beneath its well-heeled facade.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
100% Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Monumental ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
85% Risk (2017) The achievement - and the frustration - of this sleek, searching movie is that Poitras' access often seems to obscure as much as it clarifies.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
95% Karl Marx City (2017) Epperlein and Tucker sift through these illicit materials - and forge their own fresh images and interviews - with an eye toward illuminating the truth and possibly even vindicating the innocent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) It is through Nixon's brilliant performance that "A Quiet Passion" illuminates, complicates and ultimately transcends the mystery of its subject's confinement.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
88% The Lost City of Z (2017) An incandescent reminder that the world's most beautiful mysteries endure precisely because they remain unsolved.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2017
97% Graduation (Bacalaureat) (2017) Bleak, naturalistic and flawlessly acted, "Graduation" distills the mood and moral decay of a place whose gray skies and nondescript housing blocks feel like permanent reminders of its dark history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
66% The Fate of the Furious (2017) The series seems to have at last entered its frustrating, decadent, spinning-its-wheels phase.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) The movie's spirit is by turns energetic and serene, impetuous and wise, its wild shifts from comedy to tragedy to romance revealing themselves not as tonal swings so much as variations in a larger cosmic pattern.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
70% Gifted (2017) In attempting to balance the central conflict between Frank and Evelyn, a nature-vs.-nurture clash with a dash of class warfare, the movie comes up disappointingly short.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary (2017) The movie feels perfectly timed to coincide with our nation's latest flirtation with the apocalypse.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Your head might not be spinning as you exit the theater, but your senses will be deeply and thoroughly ravished.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
52% The Boss Baby (2017) Not even a mealymouthed attempt at political satire is ultimately enough to rescue "The Boss Baby" from its pervasive sourness and paucity of imagination.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
16% 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
47% Saban's Power Rangers (2017) Bring Advil, or something stronger. It's morphine time!‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2017
90% 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
45% 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
73% 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
90% 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
73% 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
23% 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
90% 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
80% 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
42% 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
32% 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