Justin Chang Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
93% Rebuilding Paradise (2020) While the filmmaker keeps his eyes peeled for every possible shred of good news in the wake of disaster, he has little interest in peddling easy inspiration; the stakes are too colossal, the devastation too raw.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2020
92% Relic (2020) A disturbing and ultimately devastating movie about what it means to love someone unconditionally, even when they've lost the power to love you back.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
68% Amulet (2020) Amulet is more than the sum of its visual frights. Garai sets you up to expect one kind of movie, but she's made something else entirely...‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
81% The Painted Bird (2020) "The Painted Bird" is a challenging film, impressively and proudly hard to watch. It's also just a little too easy.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
93% Palm Springs (2020) You can see where the story is headed, and you don't mind in the slightest.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) It's the rare superhero movie in 2020 that can leave you wanting to see more, closing-credits kicker and all.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) A documentary that plays like a chilling undercover thriller.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) Arriving at a moment of intensifying darkness, it shines a light that is both warm and persistent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
78% The Audition (Das Vorspiel) (2020) "The Audition" may not have the same lingering resonance, but like those earlier pictures, it's a showcase for a performer who erases the distinction between impeccable technique and raw feeling.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) There's meaning and purpose in this commemorative spectacle, but as Peoples guides her characters toward a beauty-queen showdown that seems both predictable and not, she suggests that pageantry and performance have their limits.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
92% Babyteeth (2020) But Murphy, making a strong feature debut, grasps that the difference between the theatrical and the cinematic is blurrier than we might think, and that the brand of psychological drama she's pursuing has rich antecedents in both traditions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Here Lee reminds us - as he did in his recent, galvanizing "BlacKkKlansman" - that his notorious powers of provocation are inextricable from his often under-appreciated skills as a storyteller.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
73% The King of Staten Island (2020) "The King of Staten Island" works hard to strike its own artful balance of humor and heartache, qualities that both seem permanently etched in Davidson's face.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
87% Shirley (2020) Like a lot of great genre writers, Jackson consistently used thriller conventions to illuminate the phantasms of the mind and turn her own demons into art. Shirley is a worthy testament to her legacy.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
92% The Vast of Night (2020) "The Vast of Night" may elude your grasp early on, but by the end it has snapped into place with a sharp, pleasing clarity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 27, 2020
87% The Trip to Greece (2020) Personally, I hope we haven't seen the last of this squabbling, endearing duo - or heard the last of their Michael Caine.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
96% The Painter and the Thief (2020) [T]here are moments so intimate and unguarded that you may briefly dissociate and question what you're watching - a documentary, or its carefully scripted and acted narrative counterpart.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
49% Scoob! (2020) What undermines "Scoob!" is not the comfort of the old but the pressures of the new, the need to sound hip, self-referential and up-to-the-minute at all times.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) If the scientific method calls for relentless trial and error, then Allen and his collaborators clearly lived up to it, albeit under a much more sensationalist media spotlight than most.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
100% Driveways (2020) "Driveways," a movie that's poignant now for reasons we doubtless wish it weren't, shows us how unlikely people can come together under imperfect circumstances and fit together perfectly.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
56% All Day and a Night (2020) "All Day and a Night" lingers and sometimes meanders in that gray zone, where the story can accrue texture and feeling and emerge as more than the sum of its plot mechanics.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted May 4, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) "True History of the Kelly Gang," for its part, strikes just the right balance of scary and crazy, and it subjects both to an impressive measure of discipline.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
93% Bad Education (2019) "Bad Education" reminds us how synonymous great acting and great lying can be.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
97% A White, White Day (Hvítur, hvítur dagur) (2020) It's full of closely observed faces and majestically framed landscapes, and it lurches from tense revenge-thriller twists into haunting flights of abstraction.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2020
71% Butt Boy (2020) Some might describe "Butt Boy's" plodding, procedural-style storytelling as (ahem) assiduous, though I'd say constipation is the more appropriate metaphor.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2020
70% Trolls World Tour (2020) I admit to having a soft spot for any picture that resembles an explosion at the glitter factory. But it's still a factory.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2020
73% The Other Lamb (2020) As a study in atmospheric seclusion, "The Other Lamb" is beautifully crafted enough to hold your attention, but you can't shake the feeling that Selah's next chapter - and Cassidy's - might well be the more interesting movie.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2020
78% Disneynature: Elephant (2020) [A] generally charming, sometimes cloying exercise in wildlife anthropomorphism.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2020
100% Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) "Crip Camp" is thus a moving and passionate tribute to the herculean efforts it took... to bring about ramps, curb cuts and other essential accessibility provisions.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
97% Come and See (Idi i smotri) (1985) "Come and See" is a paradox: a visceral freefall into barbarism, but also a controlled, sometimes contemplative descent.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
95% First Cow (2020) The deep, lingering ache of "First Cow" comes from the realization that, even in a world still in the process of being formed, its cruel divisions have already been carved so deep.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
37% Wendy (2020) Your wandering attention may begin to fixate on other deficiencies: the flimsiness of the narrative scaffolding, the thinness of the characterizations and the filmmakers' tendency to mistake platitudes for poetry.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
85% I Was at Home, But... (Ich war zuhause, aber...) (2020) This is unbearably good cinema.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
83% The Whistlers (2020) It's a lot of fun - and often quite funny - while it lasts, though I could have used less gunplay and more whistling, an element that, more than anything else here, speaks to Porumboiu's gift for deadpan absurdity.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
92% The Invisible Man (2020) A smart and satisfyingly nasty piece of work...‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The untimely death of a parent is, of course, a timeless fairy-tale trope and something of a Disney narrative specialty, but "Onward" employs the cliché in ways that feel both more personal and more daring.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
92% Premature (2020) To watch Ayanna quietly think her way through each situation - whether she's taking pleasure in a new experience or weighing the consequences of a difficult decision - is to watch a person coming into being, not a moment too soon or late.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
90% The Cordillera of Dreams (La cordillera de los sueños) (2020) To turn the camera on such suffering is a vital, sometimes heroic act. To turn the camera on rocks and glaciers may be a less intuitive form of resistance, but one that Guzmán invests with its own powerful meaning.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
87% Emma. (2020) This is the first feature from the photographer and music-video director Autumn de Wilde, and while she has an obvious eye for beauty, she has an equally sharp eye for the absurd.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
85% Zombi Child (2020) "Zombi Child" seeks to interrogate the bitter legacy of French colonialism, from its brutal applications in the past to its spiritual and psychological reverberations in the present.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
93% And Then We Danced (2020) [T]he story is rescued from its somewhat formulaic groove by the vividness of its milieu and the vitality of the performances.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
91% Beanpole (Dylda) (2020) Will they ever know this kind of brightness and cheer again, or are their clothes and peeling wallpaper expressing emotions that they cannot? Balagov doesn't say, but in spite of it all he leaves you with a shred of hope.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
74% The Photograph (2020) "The Photograph" is a movie of seductive, slow-savored pleasures.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) The key to her insidious and frightening performance is that by the end you're not sure whether to fear her or fear for her.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
98% Vitalina Varela (2020) Your eyes drift toward every beam of light, every carefully placed pool of illumination in this grimly beautiful nightscape, the latest work by an artist who has found, in darkness, a remarkable new way of seeing.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) It's all as tasty, chewy and disposable as bubble gum.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
92% The Assistant (2020) Few movies have spoken more quietly, and consequently more damningly, than "The Assistant." The silence of this movie is devastating because we recognize it all too clearly as our own.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% On the Record (2020) A thoughtful, sharply argued recalibration of how we think about truth telling in the age of #MeToo, specifically the difficulties that face women - especially women of color - who seek to come forward.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Hittman captures the feeling of what it's like to be adrift in one of the world's biggest cities, where the Port Authority Bus Terminal takes on the quality of a metropolitan purgatory.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
89% Zola (2020) But as funny and ferocious as much of "Zola" is, it's let down by an increasingly haphazard script that doesn't know how to either sustain its humor or negotiate its turn into darker territory - and so, disappointingly, it waffles.‐ Los Angeles Times
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020