Deborah Young

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For 395 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Deborah Young's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Nostalgia for the Light
Lowest review score: 30 Father and Son
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 395
395 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    This cannily edited selection of rare archive footage reveals the peak of the people’s mind-born terror, and it is the beginning of the end.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A heavy-handed reimagining.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Night in Paradise contains a lot of good plotting, several amusing characters and a decent array of exciting action scenes and bloodshed. But it is indulgently long.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The finale is telegraphed far in advance, yet when it comes the drama is so down-played it doesn’t register in its full horror.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Graf has spent most of his long career as a director of TV series and movies, and much of the staging lacks great originality. But this is made up for, in part, by the striking way the story of Jakob and his friends is told mixing the narrative drama with now old-fashioned “modernist” tech devices borrowed from the past.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Three hours long yet anything but leisurely, the doc is charged with energy, anger and disappointment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    It’s hard to think of a less dramatic subject to fictionalize, yet in its own quiet way, Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    It is, at least in its closing hour, a moving dramatization of maternal feelings.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    The subject is horrifying but the screen is hard to look away from, as the situation becomes a powder keg of tension.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The imagery is epic and dreamlike at the same time, the battleground covered in mist, grain stubble, snow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    There is really much to enjoy in this paradoxical but grippingly paced film.
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    • 90 Deborah Young
    This thought-provoking drama is long but well-paced, full of incident but at the same time intimate — though shocking violence occurs just offscreen. Illuminated by deeply nuanced performances and characters to care about, it positions itself somewhere between the loving but messed-up families of Edward Yang and Ken Loach.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    In Collective, Nanau's observational style of filmmaking reaches emotional depths.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    It’s a far cry from dreary or depressing, but it also doesn’t offer any easy way to enter its emotional territory. Viewers who have gone through the experience of taking care of an ailing parent or relative may identify more fully with the slow-moving story.
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    • 60 Deborah Young
    The story has a tendency to scatter at times, and it banks a lot on the humanity of the three main actors who have some heart-wrenching moments riding out the joys and sorrows of modern life, complicated by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    It's a messy, childish scrawl of a film, but it is high on energy.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    The single location and emphasis on dialogue gives the film the feeling of filmed theater. Pacing can be slow and it is only at the end that an exciting use of music helps the film reach an artificial climax of sorts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    With a compassionate eye for the downtrodden that has characterized all Gianfranco Rosi’s work, Notturno brings three years of shooting in Middle East war zones to the screen in an impressionistic collage of ordinary people caught up in conflict.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    It’s beautiful to look at, but the story of a young man on the run who encounters death at every turn of the winding road doesn’t really make much sense even in metaphorical terms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    There are no heroes in Final Account, no one to empathize with. What makes it uniquely worth watching is its cast of octogenarians and nonagenarians who were eyewitnesses and in some cases active participants in the horrors of the concentration camps.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A funny-moving story enjoyably retold with classic British understatement and just the right twist at the end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    The fast-moving story goes deeper than a pure thriller, as Wang Jing focuses on the faces of his characters in all their anxiety and human dignity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Viewers of this Venice competition title are likely to find the ideological confusion contagious and the romance pretty trite. But the camerawork and music choices are lively and may enable a younger gen to relate and discuss.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s intriguingly titled Wife of a Spy (Spy no Tsuma) bookends the Second World War in an absorbing, exotic, well-paced thriller with moments of disconcerting realism and horror.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though Sun Children lacks the visual lushness and poetry that made Children of Heaven so seductive, its condemnation of child labor and the inaccessibility of basic education to the poor comes across with great force.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    A little bit like finding an eyewitness to history and then describing everything he feels but not much about the event itself, it leaves the viewer with a sense that something very important has been left out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film has its own fascination that rises above the type of music being played and sung.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Although at first sight this dramatization of a 1962 strike at a factory in the U.S.S.R. may seem a long way from the interests of contemporary audiences, it is surprising how much resonance the film has with the political struggles of our own time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though grippingly shot and paced, its realism makes it not an easy watch. However, one never questions the horrific circumstances in which the protag finds himself and the ending provides a bitter sort of closure and enough salve on the wounds to make the story palatable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    It packs an unsettling message of empowerment very rare in the social injustice genre.

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