Deborah Young
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For 181 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 7.4 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 181
181 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Radha Mitchell stirs memories of complex Allen heroines from Annie Hall on down, even if the action is dispersed via a larger ensemble cast which he currently favors.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    This enjoyable French pic welds together drama, melodrama and comedy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Gianfranco Rosi (Below Sea Level, El Sicario: Room 164) brings humor and sensitivity to his filming of the strange denizens who live and work around the Grande Raccordo Anulare, Rome’s huge ring road.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    In his second outing as a director, top thesp Sergio Castellitto (also playing the surgeon) takes the viewer on an emotion-filled ride and brings a violently masculine perspective to the story. However, it is Penelope Cruz who gives the film's knockout performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    A visually exalting, emotionally horrifying view of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Charming, smart and funny.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Brings peaks of violence and suspense to the vivid story of a young East European prostitute-turned-cleaning lady intent on carrying out a mysterious mission in Italy.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The special effects are quality fun, the humor only a little Japanese, and the story boasts the offbeat genre twists Miike lovers clamber for.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The story of Mohamed, who leaves behind his normal life for the money and excitement of piracy, is illuminating, even if he is never a terribly sympathetic character that the viewer can warm up to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    An inspired mix of realism, humor and metaphor.

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