Deborah Young

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For 363 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Deborah Young's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Gangs of Wasseypur
Lowest review score: 30 A Strange Course of Events
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 363
363 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Malgorzata’s command of her medium makes the film a pleasure to watch.
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    • 90 Deborah Young
    On his third feature after "Tower" and "How Heavy This Hammer," Radwanski hits his quiet stride here, and the directing matches Campbell’s intuitive approach. Ajla Odobasic’s delicate, fast-moving editing reflects Anne’s uncertain hold on reality, while the open ending lets the viewer decide whether Anne or reality wins in the end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    [A] dark yet humanly luminous story.
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    • 60 Deborah Young
    By using uneventful long takes to slow down daily activities like cooking and showering, Tsai highlights little more than their banal, repetitive nature.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    Though the message comes across loud and clear, the four tales suffer from being narratively uneven, making the film’s two-and-a-half-hour running time seem long indeed.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Leads Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning are commanding actors who give it all they’ve got to make their characters realistic, but while the film can be intriguing, it is never truly moving.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    In the end, there is a method in all this madness, suggested by Dafoe’s calm face and reassuring voice as Clint confronts his most emotionally charged memories with courage and curiosity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    It’s the opposite of sensational; quiet, dignified and ruminative, it gets far closer to real Chinese people than a TV-style travelogue, though its many references to events in modern Chinese history will probably lose the casual viewer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Though shot in the most classic of idioms, the film commands attention with its mesmerizing performances and lively cross-cutting between key moments in the hero’s life.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Director Andrew Levitas and his co-screenwriters dramatize a riveting story using a mass of groan-worthy genre clichés that ill-serve the truth they are trying to recreate.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    Halfway between fiction and documentary, Last and First Men is a visionary work about the final days of humankind that stretches the audience’s ability to imagine not only an immense time frame reaching over billions of years, but huge steps in human evolution.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Although the story is not easy to follow, the anger behind it is so virulent that it sweeps the narrative along on a wave of rage and repulsion. A downer on this scale will not, clearly, be everyone's cup of tea.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    It’s pretty much a one-woman show for actress Erica Rivas, who brings a sense of fun to a fast-paced comedy about schizophrenia, if that’s what it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Sentimentality and pathos are banned from Hikari’s screenplay, which surprises with its fresh, often humorous realism. This is one of those films that starts slowly and predictably, but when the turning point comes, it lifts the pic into another dimension.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Though Turturro turned this small part into a memorable character for the Coens, Quintana is not so reliably funny here, especially headlining a whole film of very intermittent charm.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    For those who like head-on, immersive emotional experiences at the movies, The Sky Is Pink may be a direct hit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    How this outspoken film, Bustamante’s most gripping to date, will fare domestically is an open question (it has not come out yet in Guatemala). It had a blazing bow in the Venice Days sidebar (Giornate degli Autori), where it easily grabbed the best film prize.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Adding it up, the film has the same charming characters and delightfully detailed pastel artwork of its predecessor, but in exchanging Your Name’s sci-fi component for a mythical-magical story, it loses a bit of quota.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Deborah Young
    Overlaying the drama with the false cheer of lively music and bouts of humor, the story feels out of touch with the very emotions it desperately tries to evoke. Neither tearjerker nor very affecting drama, it defaults to somewhere in the middle.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    A satisfying shot at bringing a classic of the sci-fi/horror genre to modern audiences. ... Hitting the main plot points with well-designed SFX and some impressive night photography, Stanley's film manages to be frightening indeed, even with star Nicolas Cage’s semi-farcical leavening adding some nutty laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Pike creates an admirable if flawed Marie whose graceful womanhood battles with her fears of being exploited or bypassed for her gender.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    The famous dreamlike lighting and mise-en-scene are always perfect in capturing human foibles. But the offbeat sense of humor that characterized the trilogy is less evident than ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    As in the book, the shock effect of coldly detailed incest, bestiality and sexual abuse, beatings, killings and mutilation is furiously nonstop in a film of nearly three hours. Rather than numbing the viewer, however, the parade of evil is presented in a dismaying crescendo of horror that offers no escape.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Deborah Young
    A spellbinding love letter to Hong Kong and the movies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    What The Perfect Candidate lacks in sophistication it makes up for in intuition, entwining the longtime taboos of music (especially the female voice) and women's active participation in political life in a positive storyline.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Deborah Young
    One couldn’t wish for a more painstakingly researched or beautifully rendered account of the infamous Dreyfus affair than Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy (J’Accuse).... Yet the result is oddly lacking in heart and soul, almost as though a mask of military discipline held it in check.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Deborah Young
    In and of itself, it is a mournfully intelligent, poetic documentary that once more seeks to link the vastness, grandeur and indifference of nature with the human horrors that Chileans have lived through. The search for meaning is so personal here (Guzman narrates most of the film in the first person) and so difficult that it is often heart-rending.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Deborah Young
    Precious little is revealed and one is left with the feeling that the material needed a different kind of treatment to illuminate its protagonists.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Friedkin Uncut is at its most gripping when it discusses two early hits, The French Connection and The Exorcist, in which the theme of goodness struggling with the dark side explodes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Deborah Young
    Despite its paucity of action and some unnecessary repetitions that extend the running time, the story rolls on smoothly.

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