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 Fireworks Wednesday (2006)
Lowest review score: 30 The Golden Glove
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 332
332 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A film that lingers in the memory in spite of being rather irritating to watch.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Wong is such a fine, subtle actor that it comes as a surprise to find him a superb martial artist as well, as he convincingly demonstrates the superiority of Ip Man’s technique over competing schools.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    It doesn’t really add up to much, beyond a timely reminder that it would be better for everyone to stop uploading and downloading and just unplug and be human.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    More than a thriller, this adaptation of Jose Saramago’s novel The Double is an absurdist-existential mood piece – and a very dark mood it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Intense and engaging performances from Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy bring the well-written screenplay to life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    While the exact secret to the film’s high-grossing recipe remains a bit of a mystery, it probably has to do with the good-humored chemistry between the unlikely partners, pushing the limits of censorship in the sexual-innuendo department, and a well-written off-the-wall script that makes audiences laugh out loud.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A very honest film from a great Japanese artist.
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    • 60 Deborah Young
    Only the bravura of the cast, first and foremost Park and Lee (both veterans of Unbowed), generates sufficient interest to see the film through to its surprising conclusion, recounted in a respectful coda many years later.
    • 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.
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    • 60 Deborah Young
    Director Vincent Sandoval (Senorita) seems most interested in is using the convent as a metaphor for Filipino society in the Seventies, which buried its head in the sand while president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law and police tortured and murdered opposition protestors.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Images and metaphors whimsicially combine in a fine, fast-flowing documentary introducing the Baha'i faith.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The whole project is saved largely thanks to the subtext of ethnic discrimination that runs through the film, and two riveting central performances, which overcome a wobbly start to find emotional balance by the final reel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    A lovely film that makes little emotional connection.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Dan Algrant’s lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship seen over time, through memory and music, has a sense of urgent originality that works even apart from its great Tim Buckley score.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Pleasantly watchable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Charmingly setting aside glamour for a turn at pure acting, Nicole Kidman zings up the already zingy script of Birthday Girl.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    It is all the more heart-wrenching for being realistic. Its portrait of child labor brooks no sentimentality and no cliches.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    Takes the refined work of Iranian helmer Abbas Kiarostami up another notch to ever more metaphoric ground.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Deborah Young
    Though its subject has curiosity value, its critical view of religious institutions is compromised by an ending that evidently was necessary for the film to be made and released at all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Silly, childish fun and as relaxing to watch as good American TV fiction -- and with a very similar world view.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    An acid portrait of contemporary Austria (and by extension, the whole middle class) as unspeakably dull, violent and stupid. The film itself, miraculously, is just the opposite: vibrantly inventive, aesthetically rigorous, sardonic and occasionally quite brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    The choice to have Valentin narrate the tale and make philosophical observations beyond his years becomes irritating at times; ditto the cartoon humor.

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