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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
39% 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
93% 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
74% 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
98% 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
67% 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
83% 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
90% 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
50% 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
16% The Dark Tower (2017) From start to finish, the movie exudes a stiff, joyless coherence.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2017
75% 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
83% 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
88% Girls Trip (2017) Sexy, sharply written and beautifully acted ...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2017
51% 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
96% 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
71% 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
86% 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
74% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The Killing of a Sacred Deer offers a grimly funny reminder that home is where the horror is. ‐ 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
71% 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
87% 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
61% Despicable Me 3 (2017) Close to unendurable.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2017
94% Baby Driver (2017) This is movie craftsmanship and showmanship of a very high order.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2017
79% 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
44% 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
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
88% 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
84% 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
74% 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
75% 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
82% 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
87% 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