Deborah Young
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For 172 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.4 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 Broken Sky
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 172
172 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A visually exalting, emotionally horrifying view of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Apart from its historical interest, this tragic tale of religious extremism and misogyny is a very good film able to catch audiences up emotionally.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though it sounds like an offbeat idea even for horror fans, the tech work is so well done that it could disarm unwary buffs attracted by the campy title.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Constructed like an eerie, metaphorical thriller, this tense, riveting character study offers viewers nearly two hours of emotions with a stunning pay-off no one will be expecting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Radiates a warm humanity and uplifts the spirit. Subtle rather than sentimental, it lacks easy tears though attentive viewers will find it lacerating enough.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A self-contained master class on cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
    • 87 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    After a tedious start building up the boys' lives and friendship, feature bow by Elmar Fischer becomes deeply engrossing in its second half, as the viewer learns of the hero's anguish and doubts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A mystifying film that holds the audience in suspense over where it's going and what it might mean for almost its entire running time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Though convincingly set in the lower depths of Lima, the story embodies a universal truth about the experience of former soldiers in many times and places.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Though it risks political incorrectness every step of the way, film is more a pleasant laugher than a sharp-edged satire.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Ricky Tognazzi's La Scorta topped the Italian box office charts for weeks, thanks to its skill in capturing the country's current political climate in an entertaining action film format. (Review of Original Release)
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    More than in her previous tales of dysfunctional families like "Marriages," she (Comencini) lightens the weight of angst with well-designed subplots, secondary characters and moments of tender humor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Hits its stride from the opening scenes and continues hilariously for a while, before declining into more of same. Its undeniable appeal lies in shocking frankness shackled to irony, a combo that should attract indie lovers with psychoanalytic leanings and droll senses of humor.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Though the storyline is dirt simple and not particularly meaningful or involving, the action in this character-driven film is scintillatingly sexy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film has a winning combo of excitement and topicality.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Shot like the grunge version of a '50s noir thriller from France (or Soviet Georgia), the black-and-white 13 (Tzameti) turns into a shocker of Tarantino proportions in protracted sequences of explosive violence that leave viewers quaking.

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