Deborah Young
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For 189 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 7.2 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 Father and Son
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 189
189 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    An enjoyable absurdist comedy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    All the actors know how to turn on the charm and director Johnnie To hits the laugh buttons, but the main aim seems to be playing on women’s fantasies about three very hot guys who are dying to drop everything and fall in love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The awkwardly titled Every Thing Will Be Fine seems more like a showcase for expressive camerawork pushing the limits of cinematography than anything else. Actors the caliber of James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg get the short end of the stick in this angst-ridden drama.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    It's a wonderful idea with good crowd-pleasing potential and, had the story-telling been more credible, this could have been a major coup for all concerned.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A bizarre combo of upscale French erotica studded with good-humored kinky sex scenes.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Has a terrible fascination that glues viewers to the screen. At the same time, audience patience is tested.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The idea is original enough to pique curiosity, and the small cast, led by Alba Rohrwacher and the up-and-coming Adam Driver of HBO’s Girls fame, digs gamely into the material, but something is missing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Not a cheerful watch: It's a shocking portrayal of rampant racism.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    In the end, there is just about enough narrative to hold interest, while the lyrical camerawork, constantly in motion, blurred images and all, offers a single emotion that is impossible to stretch over a feature-length film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The story itself avoids the complicated structure of Matteo Garrone’s arty Gomorra, suggesting audiences will have an easier time digesting the tragedy of three brothers. But though it doesn't have Gomorra's comprehension problems, it also lacks that film's iconic cinematic imagery and seems ultimately far less memorable.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A tense documentary with multiple layers of meaning.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Likeable if unexciting little tale.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Complexly plotted, elegantly shot and orchestrated, this is the kind of long-winded, intermittently involving festival package that will earn the director of Tokyo Sonata more critical appreciation but will struggle to find a theatrical audience. For a film that requires nearly five hours of viewing investment, it feels terribly stingy on the emotional payoff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 38 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    The confused script makes this a tough film for audiences to dig into.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    A dignified second film for Caetano.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Menacing atmosphere created by Dutch helmer Paula van der Oest ("Zus & Zo") does not make up for the weak script's multiple improbabilities, flat dialogue or the discomfort of watching children, the handicapped and even animals being abused onscreen.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Pic stays on the surface, without attempting any exploration of painful depths. Result is at best amusing; at worst, uninvolving, often confusing, and sometimes a little boring.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    It doesn’t really add up to much, beyond a timely reminder that it would be better for everyone to stop uploading and downloading and just unplug and be human.
    • 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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