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 Nostalgia for the Light
Lowest review score: 30 Broken Sky
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 332
332 movie reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    It is a searing and topical indictment of racial prejudice and hatred in America that makes for uneasy viewing and is not easily forgotten.
    • 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.
    • 92 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    The Look of Silence is perhaps even more riveting for focusing on one man’s personal search for answers as he bravely confronts his brother’s killers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Amazingly, Panahi turns the utterly simple, economical format of a camera inside a car into something relevant to his own artistic state and full of eye-opening insights into Iranian society.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    Never talking down to his audience, he rather pulls them up to an intellectual level where other filmmakers fear to go.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    What comes out of this unlikely comparison between astronomy and history is a totally new perspective, something broader, with glimpses into deeper meanings.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Scorsese's heartfelt love letter to Italian movies up to 1961.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey that can be almost as painful to follow vicariously from a theater seat as it must have been on the pilgrims.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    While there are implicit references to the horrors of the Soviet and post-Soviet state and to the 20th century in general, this monstrously overflowing film seems to aim even higher.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    An extraordinary ride through Bollywood’s spectacular, over-the-top filmmaking, Gangs of Wasseypur puts Tarantino in a corner with its cool command of cinematically-inspired and referenced violence, ironic characters and breathless pace.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A remarkable first feature from director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, The Town is a strikingly original, vibrantly sensitive look at an extended family living in a remote Turkish village.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The final half-hour is a joy to watch, as turning points follow in rapid succession.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Maoz doesn't seem to worry about losing some puzzled viewers along the way with comprehension issues. For those who reach the end, the story makes perfect sense.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A taut, involving drama centered around the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Seems destined to go down in film history as a technical tour de force.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Elusive and elliptical as it is, this is one of the most accessible films in Oliveira's recent repetoire.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Ten
    10 dazzling and perceptive snapshots of women with which femmes everywhere can identify.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    The story is narrated, off and on, by tag-along Wilson, but Garcia Bernal is in full control of the film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    In Drug War, Hong Kong genre master Johnnie To gives a superlative lesson on how to give an updated, thoroughly engrossing twist to the classic cops-and-robbers chase.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Lacking the astounding social complexity of his Academy Award winning drama A Separation, here the gears are not so hidden and a sense of contrived drama leads to some tedious sections. But all is forgiven when the final punches are delivered in a knock-out finale that leaves the viewer tense and breathless.
    • 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."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Deborah Young
    Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi pursues his exploration of guilt, choice and responsibility in a superbly written, directed and acted drama that commands attention every step of the way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Starless Dreams (Royahaye Dame Sobh), shot in a juvenile correctional facility for girls under the age of 18, is the perfect example of how powerful simplicity can be, when it’s underpinned by compassion for its subject.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    This bittersweet peek into the human comedy has a more subtle charm than flashier films like the director’s child-swapping fable Like Father, Like Son, but the filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you.

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