Deborah Young

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For 332 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Deborah Young's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library
Lowest review score: 30 Adored
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 332
332 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A wily mix of genres and spoof-edged amusements keep it playful and intermittently thrilling, even though this South Korean actioner sometimes feels like it’s losing its grip on a very good setup.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Filmmaker and actor Elia Suleiman uses his own face and body to express the soul of Palestine in his films, and nowhere more so than in his droll new comedy, It Must Be Heaven.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Its most valuable asset is actor Pierfrancesco Favino.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Sly
    The film itself is not very deep, but for a comedy it has some striking moments, like its canny description of how public opinion can turn.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A good old-fashioned British spy thriller.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    If the title MS Slavic 7 fails to ring a bell, its abstractness conveys the industrious intellectual labor demanded by this witty one-hour Canadian film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    An extraordinary feeling for nature and the seasons of life pervades Out Stealing Horses (Ut Og Stjaele Hester), an ambitious reflection on our responsibility to others from Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The strength of the film is its appealing characters brought to life by strong actresses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Despite some dead time and teenage moments, the film is lifted up by its belief in the imagination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film is smart with a cool New York irony that is easy to get into, but it owes its principal fascination to the enigmatic Condola Rashad, the stage actress seen in Showtime’s Billions and Joshua Marston’s recent Come Sunday, and her multi-layered performance as a charismatic but mentally disturbed Iraq war vet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Part let's-get-it-together band saga and part road movie, the story arc is awfully familiar, but that doesn't stop it being a rollicking romp.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film has its resonant moments, notably a wedding and a funeral. But it is by no means the jewel in the crown of a series that most recently has included electrifying docs like At Berkeley, In Jackson Heights and Ex Libris: The New York Public Library.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The multiple targets and multiple threads which weave in and out of Fahrenheit 11/9 make it feel jumpy at times.... Nonetheless, there is much food for thought in the film, shot with the director’s characteristic passion, flair, wicked sense of humor and willingness to push the envelope.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    American Dharma is meant to leave its audience shaken, whatever side they’re on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Undeniably, Sunset is an impressive piece of filmmaking and from a technical point of view it stirs memories of the boldly shot Hungarian cinema revival of the Sixties.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film succeeds at being both exciting and character-driven, but only after a confused first half that will leave international viewers frustrated over who’s who and what’s going on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Lensed with great sensitivity and style and superbly acted, it has one drawback for Western audiences in its perplexing plot points based on the local culture and customs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Okada both wrote and directed Maquia, which showcases her ability to depict complex relationships and project delicate character arcs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The film’s near-perfect calibration between family drama and black comedy recalls the director’s earlier features, Paris of the North and Either Way (remade in the U.S. as Prince Avalanche), but this is the one in which Sigurdsson really projects a distinctive voice.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    This is clearly not a tell-all autobiography, but the story of a wildly successful career as seen through the protagonist's own eyes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Slow and surprisingly talky, the three hours of the film do not exactly fly by, and the experience is similar to plunging into a long novel (the hero is a budding novelist) laced with philosophy, religion, politics and moral puzzles. The final sequences are worth the wait, though, bringing together the story’s many threads and offering the classic closure of a young man coming to terms with his identity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Though it has far less outright violence than Gomorrah, whose oppressive criminal atmosphere it shares, Matteo Garrone's Dogman is just as intense a viewing experience, one that will have audiences gripping their armrests with its frighteningly real portrayal of a good man tempted by the devil.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The three main characters are all vividly sketched.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The film has a hard time shaking a feeling of filmed theater, particularly with the tight restriction of time and place. But the drama is brightly acted by a competent cast, of whom Jadidi and Izadyar, as the married couple, are the most acidic, while Abar and Alvand are given the most range.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though the story is fictional, the imagery is grounded in a powerful documentary reality.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    It shows the maverick filmmaker once again at the height of his expressive powers. Its stripped-down narrative and uncompromising repetitions will not be tolerable to everyone, but audiences willing to stick out the punishing but dazzling last half hour will walk away with a lot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    After watching Maysaloun Hamoud’s sparkling, taboo-breaking first feature In Between (Bar Bahar), audiences will have to seriously update their ideas about the lifestyle of Palestinian women in Israel.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Both Redford and Fonda are charming, delicate and convincing as Addie Moore and Louis Waters, the couple who find each other at the tail end of their lives. They are directed with sophistication and without a drop of melodrama or sentimentality by Ritesh Batra

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