Deborah Young
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For 161 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 The Past
Lowest review score: 30 Father and Son
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 161
161 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Though it begs for a little lightening up, a moment of irony, a wink at the audience, this dead-serious fairy tale about a mysterious young woman (and a phantom automaton straight out of Hugo) is worth watching for Geoffrey Rush’s sensitive, never pandering performance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    If it wasn’t for the charming top-liners who can make literary dialogue sound sexy in their sleep, the war in Fred Schepisi’s Words and Pictures would have to be called off after the opening skirmish.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Despite its careful control of tone and a raging central performance by Ciaran Hinds, which is actually sufficient reason to see the film, this story of a man who plunges into childhood memories in the aftermath of his wife’s death remains admirable but wingless.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    The story-telling is a little too pat to deliver the surprise moments that reveal character or sweep audiences up emotionally. The film remains a creepy story with a lot of morbid fascination, set off by the captivating young Florencia Bado in her first screen role.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    All of these characters are worth knowing and the acting is excellent all around, but somewhere along the line the narrative arc vanishes and tedium sets in.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A bizarre combo of upscale French erotica studded with good-humored kinky sex scenes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Likeable if unexciting little tale.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Not a cheerful watch: It's a shocking portrayal of rampant racism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    An enjoyable absurdist comedy.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Like characters out of some Carnival hell, a macho butcher and his born-again wife, a forlorn barmaid, a sinister sadist and the gay manager of a flophouse called the Hotel Texas run in and out of each other's lives in a film as sloppy, sluttish, scruffy and vital as they are.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Result is a weird hodgepodge that has the audience doing mental somersaults in an attempt to keep up with this highly original festival head-scratcher.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A rare example of indie filmmaking produced outside the Thai studio system, Blissfully Yours takes the good-humored nonsense of director Apichatpong Weeasethakul's first feature, "Mysterious Object at Noon," several steps further into the realm of non-communicative minimalism.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Main body of the movie is weighed down by flat, expository dialogue and a lot of pedestrian filming. However, Zeffirelli's shooting of the "Carmen" sequences, which make up a sizable chunk of the film and are far and away the pic's most exhilarating sections, are graceful and fluid.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The choice to have Valentin narrate the tale and make philosophical observations beyond his years becomes irritating at times; ditto the cartoon humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Has a terrible fascination that glues viewers to the screen. At the same time, audience patience is tested.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Treads a delicate line between documentary and fiction to reconstruct the kidnapping and murder of director Albertina Carri's parents during the military dictatorship.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Pic's rediscovery in the capitalist U.S., and its reappraisal as a masterpiece of visual pyrotechnics, gives Brazilian documaker Vicente Ferraz's tale an upbeat final twist -- after some mid-film doldrums.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Film has major assets in Walter Carvalho's stunning landscapes and livewire young lead Hermila Guedes, but overall, it's too uninvolving.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    If telenovelas were convincingly real, they would no doubt look like the tumultuous world of domestic strife and libido deftly limned in Alice's House. Documaker Chico Teixeira gives a light, natural feel to his small but fetching first feature.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The drama and intensity that are [Haggis's] signatures are mostly missing from these vividly dramatized but uninvolving romantic crises, none of which are particularly believable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Although all the main characters and plot points survive the transition intact, they don’t carry the same weight. Him and Her have an undeniable literary, collegiate feeling, like reading a long novel and getting to know the characters inside out. Them steps on the accelerator in a sort of Cliffs Notes version.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Intermittently amusing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    An unsettling piece of filmmaking whose grimly vivid images are guaranteed to give impressionable viewers nightmares.
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    • 40 Deborah Young
    Though its subject has curiosity value, its critical view of religious institutions is compromised by an ending that evidently was necessary for the film to be made and released at all.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    A limp-to-wilted film version of Duras' 16-year-long love affair with a young man who became her secretary and literary executor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    A dignified second film for Caetano.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Only partially succeeds in interweaving questions of family loyalty with historical memory and the fate of Italian Jews in WW2.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    The confused script makes this a tough film for audiences to dig into.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Has a perverse fascination, despite some technical clumsiness and stiff thesping.