Deborah Young

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For 231 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 6.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Deborah Young's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Nostalgia for the Light
Lowest review score: 30 Father and Son
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 231
231 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    Few Iranian films have tried to realistically depict both the urban middle and lower classes, and fewer still with the complexity of story telling and depth of characterization in Asghar Farhadi’s impressive third feature, Fireworks Wednesday.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    What comes out of this unlikely comparison between astronomy and history is a totally new perspective, something broader, with glimpses into deeper meanings.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    It's hard to walk away unaffected from this heartfelt, well-researched, feature-length documentary.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A very honest film from a great Japanese artist.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 91 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    It is the director’s extraordinary intuition about the synchronicity of history, geography and the physical universe – a mysterious relationship that has nothing to do with cause and effect – that gives the film and its predecessor their undeniable power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    It is irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey that can be almost as painful to follow vicariously from a theater seat as it must have been on the pilgrims.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Expectations are fully met in Park Chan-wook’s exquisitely filmed The Handmaiden (Agassi), an amusingly kinky erotic thriller and love story that brims with delicious surprises, making its two-and-a-half hours fly by.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    This bittersweet peek into the human comedy has a more subtle charm than flashier films like the director’s child-swapping fable Like Father, Like Son, but the filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Running the gamut from social comedy to actioner to war movie, Clash is an original, often quite disturbing experience to watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though shot from the Palestinian P.O.V., the Dutch/Palestinian Film Foundation co-production is remarkably balanced, offering a convinced message of hope for the future.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Charming, smart and funny.

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