Deborah Young
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For 168 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 7.5 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 168
168 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    This enjoyable French pic welds together drama, melodrama and comedy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A tightly plotted and paced thriller whose not-so-hidden agenda is to expose the bad conscience of the world's haves toward its have-nots, "Hidden" is one of Austrian helmer Michael Haneke's most watchable and pungent works.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Rather miraculously, picture succeeds in painlessly educating its viewers about global politics and economics while it describes contemporary Africa with freshness and clarity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    In his most accessible and spontaneous picture, ranking Iranian helmer Jafar Panahi reveals unsuspected comic gifts barely visible in his dramatic festival winners "The White Balloon," "The Circle" and "Crimson Gold."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Lasse Hallstrom's breezy, fast-paced, somewhat loose-ended account of how he (Irving) did it offers a surprisingly layered vehicle for a maniacally conniving Richard Gere, backed up by a superb Alfred Molina as his accomplice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Using a simple storytelling style that grows stronger with each passing scene, Dry Season draws the viewer into its small two-character drama set in post-war Chad, while it offers a deep reflection on injustice and frustrated revenge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Kim Ki-duk is back in fighting form in Pieta, an intense and, for the first hour, sickeningly violent film that unexpectedly segues into a moving psychological study.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though Sorrentino’s vision of moral chaos and disorder, spiritual and emotional emptiness at this moment in time is even darker than Fellini’s...he describes it all in a pleasingly creative way that pulls audiences in through humor and excess.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Van Dormael's intriguing script is more than matched in his flamboyant direction of this 2-hour-plus tale, heroically edited by Matyas Veress and Susan Shipton into a fluid, generally understandable narrative.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Fatal Assistance is a chilling indictment of how billions of dollars in aid were squandered or lost, and how aid and politics are inextricably linked.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    This is less a film about terrorists than an intimate portrait of boys growing up in a toxic environment. All the non-pro actors turn in natural performances, but the dark, brooding Rachid gets under the skin in the main role.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Wise beyond its years, like the teenage protag Gelsomina, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) is a wistful but no-tears swan song recounting the disappearance of traditional rural life-style in Italy.
    • 84 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though it abounds in the kind of sardonic humor intrinsic to life’s absurdities, the film is rarely laugh-out-loud funny. In a nutshell, quiet desperation prevails.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A fine cast brings the believable, sometimes humorous characters to life and gradually draws the viewer into a well-crafted, well-paced story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Fresh and offbeat tale of vendetta.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Elusive and elliptical as it is, this is one of the most accessible films in Oliveira's recent repetoire.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Takes the viewer deep into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with the powerful immediacy of raw images, some of them very hard to look at.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Gentle, touching tale.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A savvy, fast-paced political thriller dealing with the meteoric rise and fall of a new Russian businessman.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Splashy, noisy and downright fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A sober, thought-provoking response to a tragedy of worldwide import and a much better film than one might expect from the pre-release publicity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Timely and thought-provoking, if a bit rambling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Unshaven and twinkling-eyed, Sharif is professionally light and entertaining in the title role.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    An inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor.