Deborah Young
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For 186 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Deborah Young's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 30 Adored
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 186
186 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    An extraordinary ride through Bollywood’s spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking, Gangs of Wasseypur puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted drama that commands attention every step of the way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    The toll the disease takes on the life of a brilliant linguistics professor is superbly detailed by Julianne Moore in a career-high performance, driving straight to the terror of the disease and its power to wipe out personal certainties and identity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A taut, involving drama centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    It's hard to walk away unaffected from this heartfelt, well-researched, feature-length documentary.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man’s personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother’s killers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    In Drug War, Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the classic cops-and-robbers chase.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Refusing to offer easy answers or perspectives, Dormant Beauty is directed in such a way it doesn’t need to take a clear-cut position on the question, because like all the director’s work it has no concern with convincing people of anything, but a great deal of interest in illuminating contemporary Italian society.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    An acid portrait of contemporary Austria (and by extension, the whole middle class) as unspeakably dull, violent and stupid. The film itself, miraculously, is just the opposite: vibrantly inventive, aesthetically rigorous, sardonic and occasionally quite brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A very honest film from a great Japanese artist.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Amazingly, Panahi turns the utterly simple, economical format of a camera inside a car into something relevant to his own artistic state and full of eye-opening insights into Iranian society.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    It’s a remarkable film experience in several ways.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Von Trotta seems to borrow some of her subject’s haughty disdain for compromise in a serviceable script that does the job of telling us who Hannah Arendt was like a good pair of solid, gray walking shoes; there’s nothing fancy or modern to distract from the portrait of one of the most important thinkers of the century.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The film is more than just a chic thriller. Alongside its clear -- at times overly so -- depiction the pain and vanity of social inequality, Virzi and the fine cast explore the unhappiness of rich and poor alike in a society that measures a person’s value in terms of euros.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The film’s methods are boldly unorthodox and its constantly alternating moods and shifts in tone from drama to humor, joy to tragedy can be disconcerting. It’s not a film for all audiences, but despite its eccentricities it is always watchable, thanks to strongly drawn characters and the soul-stirring poetry of its imagery.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    This is far from a dull, academic work and the fast-paced talk is matched by swiftly changing scenes full of vibrant visuals. Life bubbles out of each frame in a grungy, foul-smelling rush.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    As a tyro auteur, Tanovich has a heavy-handed way of delineating characters and situations that makes this well-meaning film awfully familiar at times.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    An unforgettable journey through hell under the earth, where Satan is worshipped as king. Straight-as-an-arrow filmmaking raises this docu above the crowd.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A self-contained master class on cinema.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Charmingly setting aside glamour for a turn at pure acting, Nicole Kidman zings up the already zingy script of Birthday Girl.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Salma Hayek makes the character an icon of female independence, courage and nonconformity, forecasting special appeal for women viewers.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A delightfully unpredictable sleeper that proves new Argentine cinema really exists, Suddenly, by 26-year-old Diego Lerman, starts scary, moves through deadpan comic and comes out with a whimsical tenderness for its characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    It is all the more heart-wrenching for being realistic. Its portrait of child labor brooks no sentimentality and no cliches.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    At times fascinating, at times not, its in-depth look at the administration, campus, students and faculty offers an insider's view into the way American academia functions.

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