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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
96% Western (2018) Like its title, "Western" is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I would gladly watch a version of "I Feel Pretty" with a less privileged celebrity in the lead, but I can't deny the sweet-and-salty verve that Schumer brings to this one.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
78% Where Is Kyra? (2018) This woman may be lost to the world, but in Dosunmu's quietly shattering vision, she is also unexpectedly, triumphantly found.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
58% Come Sunday (2018) A moving and intelligent drama about a schism that tore an American church apart, "Come Sunday" spends 105 minutes contemplating the nature of eternity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
97% The Rider (2018) "The Rider" comes as close to a spiritual experience as anything I've encountered in a movie theater this year.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
82% Blockers (2018) What derails "Blockers" in the end is a curious lack of imagination, an inability to think beyond the raunch-com genre's most sentimental clichés.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
60% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël) (2018) It's true that, even on a more complete viewing, not everything in "Ismael's Ghosts" coheres. If it did, I suspect the movie would not feel quite so alive.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
75% Mrs. Fang (2017) It's a simple, cumulatively shattering record of life as we rarely see it captured in narrative or documentary cinema.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) I can't recall the last time I found myself caring as intently for the characters in a horror picture as I did for the family in "A Quiet Place"...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) "Claire's Camera" runs 68 minutes and is as slender and unassuming, in its own way, as a Polaroid. But you may emerge from it not feeling like quite the same person, either.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
94% Outside In (2018) Shelton has a knack for three-way relationship studies; she knows exactly how to braid together two characters in a way that comments insightfully on a third.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
94% The Green Fog (2018) The work of a sensibility as impish as it is scholarly, animated by a mischievous sense of the medium's possibilities.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) Soderbergh is one of the most dexterous directors working in the American mainstream, and he has a sly talent for lacing even a seemingly disposable genre offering with smart, incisive ideas.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) Putting DeKnight at the helm hasn't degraded the enterprise; if anything, it has put the enterprise, glorified demolition derby that it is, into proper perspective.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
90% Isle of Dogs (2018) For better and for worse, it's Wes Anderson unleashed.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
20% Furlough (2018) What happens when you send Melissa Leo and Tessa Thompson on a weekend road trip? The talent pairing alone seemed tantalizing enough to warrant further investigation, and I wish "Furlough" had supplied a better answer.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) There may be little in this movie that you haven't seen before, but the perspective through which you're seeing it can make all the difference.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) What makes Vikander's interpretation work is that this new-and-somewhat-improved "Tomb Raider" has been conceived as both a back-to-basics origin story and a smart, forward-thinking spin on a character with a tricky representational history.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
86% Thoroughbreds (2018) Spending 90 minutes with a pair of teenage sociopaths may not sound like your idea of entertainment, but these two are a peculiarly nasty pleasure to be around, in part because they seem utterly indifferent to either your presence or your approval.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) By turns gorgeous, propulsive and feverishly overwrought, "A Wrinkle in Time" is an otherworldly glitter explosion of a movie, the kind of picture that wears its heart on its tie-dyed sleeve.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
17% Death Wish (2018) To criticize Death Wish for its indelicate timing would be to suggest that there might ever be an appropriate moment to see it.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) Within the confines of this cross-cultural shaggy-dog tale, Hirayanagi locates both a sharp vein of absurdist comedy and a bitter, melancholy undertow.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
71% Double Lover (L'amant double) (2018) What gives the film its surprising coherence is not only the fluidity of Ozon's technique but also his mastery of tone, the ease with which he applies serious craft to a resolutely un-serious endeavor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
82% Game Night (2018) A four-hour documentary pitting Bateman against McAdams in an epic Settlers of Catan match-up would have been significantly more interesting ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
87% Annihilation (2018) It gives itself, and the audience, an awful lot to see.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
69% Golden Exits (2018) A movie that gazes deep into its characters' unhappiness and emerges with something searching, sad - and perilously close to likable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
81% The Party (2018) Demonstrates what can happen when a filmmaker takes on a well-worn cinematic subgenre - the dinner party gone horribly wrong - and strips it down to its blistering bare-bones essence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
62% Peter Rabbit (2018) The movie, though set in the same serenely gorgeous Lake District countryside, resembles a sloppily tended garden plot where crude sight gags and violent set-pieces flourish like weeds, but anything resembling actual humor or delight refuses to take root.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) If liberation is the endgame of "Fifty Shades Freed," most of the time we feel trapped right alongside the characters, immobilized by the pointless, suffocating beauty and the stultifying dramatic inertia of the world James has created for them.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) What excitement this movie is able to muster soon gives way to the startling realization that virtually none of its twists, for all their dimension-hopping audacity, have been coherently or intelligently thought through.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
14% Winchester (2018) Having laid out an unusually intricate and politically charged puzzle, "Winchester" proceeds to solve it in the clunkiest, most perfunctory way imaginable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
81% Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le) (2018) You may have seen some of the worst that humanity has to offer, but you've seen it through the fresh, distinct and clarifying vision of a gifted new artist.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
76% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Beneath its cheeky, scattershot surface is a surprisingly earnest core, as well as a sincere inquiry into what exactly humanity stands to lose in the face of its looming extinction.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
96% Don't Look Now (1973) A devastating portrait of grief, a master class in disjunctive editing and a haunting disquisition on the use of the color red.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
83% Lover For A Day (L'amant d'un jour) (2018) Realism keeps this story grounded, even when its characters give soaring voice to their deepest hopes and frustrations.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) What makes "12 Strong" objectionable - and what will also make it appealing to some - is its attempt to induce a kind of amnesia in the audience ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
59% 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
89% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) An engrossingly blunt instrument of a movie ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
32% 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
82% 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
51% 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
56% 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
85% 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
96% Foxtrot (2018) [A] bruisingly powerful movie ...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
90% 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