Cate Young

Cate Young
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Cate Young is a freelance writer and pop culture critic in Trinidad and Tobago who writes about film, television, music, and critical commentary on media representation. Her work deals particularly with the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, and introducing an intersectional analysis to discussions of pop culture. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, NYLON, Bitch Magazine, and Vulture among others. Cate has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Boston University and a Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester. In 2016, she served as the inaugural Pop Culture Criticism Fellow for Bitch Media, and in 2018, she was invited to attend and cover TIFF as an emerging voice in film criticism as part of the festival's effort to spotlight critics from underrepresented backgrounds through their Share Her Journey venture. She was also accepted to participate in the 7th annual NYFF Critics' Academy that same year.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is unique in its treatment of class and solidarity and is a singular cinematic experience. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
83% How to Build a Girl (2019) How to Build a Girl is a sweet film about an adventure to create oneself in all the ways that matter. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
88% Hustlers (2019) The film is stylish, funny, exciting, and endlessly watchable. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
40% Vita & Virginia (2019) Arterton, Debicki, and their real-life counterparts are underserved by a script that doesn't quite understand its own relationship to queer romance and has little to say about it except that it existed. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
91% Luce (2019) Luce plays on expectations of race, respectability, and white liberal guilt to weave a taut, terrifying tale that dares the audience to speak its suspicions aloud. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Overall, the film's biggest problem is that the hyper-focus on realism in the animation stripped the story of what made the 1994 original so memorable. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
73% The Perfection (2019) The film starts off as a fun, relatively predictable horror film, then rapidly devolves into the grotesque as the narrative shifts and bends with its many twists. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) The film's ambiguous ending [is] frustrating but fitting. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
82% Fast Color (2019) Fast Color is an expert example of an original idea that takes well worn tropes and tweaks them ever so slightly in order to infuse them with new meaning. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
98% Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (2019) There was value in experiencing the moment yet again. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) The film is neither a masterpiece or a calamity; instead, it's a perfectly fun, entertaining installment in a larger narrative arc that's very clearly working to set up the MCU's evolution into its next phase. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
60% Greta (2019) Neil Jordan's Greta manages to infuse something fresh and almost comical into the female stalker genre by performing a simple narrative trick. - Nylon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
94% Rafiki (2019) Rafikiis a stunning lesbian love story - in a place where't that's forbidden. - Nylon EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) While the film feels overstuffed at points ( ... ) the core story between Ralph and Vanellope is touching and shows what can happen when love curdles into possession. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
5/5 80% Nothing to Hide (Le jeu) (2018) As the motivations and secrets of these characters trickle out, we get a very affecting portrait of how relationships suffer when communication breaks down. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 80% I Am Not An Easy Man (Je Ne Suis Pas Un Homme Facile) (2018) [T]he film inadvertently sidelines the value of real world femininity as something that has to be shed in order to attain power. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) J.K. Rowling is leading the charge in destroying the thing so many have loved, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is proof. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 93% CAM (2018) Cam offers few answers as to the nature of the film's malevolence but it does an excellent job of demonstrating the stigmas that sex workers face even in the digital world. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
5/5 92% Searching (2018) The real star of the film is the technology [...] Password protected accounts are a short confirmation email away, and geo-tags reveal more history than an interrogation. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 92% Love, Simon (2018) Simon never gives his friends the chance to rally around him, instead tricking them into situations that benefit only him. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 78% The Little Hours (2017) The film's strength is in the contrast between its medieval setting and its contemporary sexual politics. The women are all engage in forbidden sexual activity with abandon. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 86% Ingrid Goes West (2017) [T]he film loses the plot on being the witty commentary about pretending and public image in the social media age, but it's still an entertaining romp from start to finish. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Battle of the Sexes [makes] for an arresting narrative that is never undercut by that fact that its main plot is "spoiled" by history. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 92% Been So Long (2018) For a musical film, [it's] not very musical at all, with a discordant soundtrack that sounds like castoff 90s R&B and vocalists not up to the task of meeting the melodies. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 88% Reversing Roe (2018) Largely the fight [about abortion] is in the language, and the right's expert ability to reframe discussions on their own terms. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 89% Hereditary (2018) How do we keep our wits about is when all that is left behind for us is chaos, confusion and fear? ( ... ) it is generational trauma that is the Big Bad for a new generation. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 36% I Feel Pretty (2018) The story's biggest problem is that it [is] unclear why Renée couldn't simply have put a little more effort into dressing in a way that makes her feel confident ( ... ). - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
5/5 67% The Fate of the Furious (2017) [T]his movie ha(s) been pitched to the exact frequency of my own personal happiness. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 89% I, Tonya (2018) Harding isn't blameless or even necessarily good. She's simply a woman who had one good thing and wanted the chance to show that she was more than disposable ( ... ). - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
5/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) [I]ts pervasive bubbly effervescence sets it apart from other depictions of the character (... ). Marvel's Peter Parker is young, bright and eager to participate. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) The story itself will always be fundamentally anti-feminist (...) [b]ut the efforts to update [it] to better suit a contemporary sensibility are acknowledged and appreciated. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 30% Passengers (2016) One can either make a thriller about existential threats in the emptiness of space or love lost to time, but this film lacks the skill needed to successfully blend the two. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
3/5 51% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) Half Of A Yellow Sun is a compelling drama [that] ( ... ) form[s] a timeless tribute to the resistance of the human spirit in the face of war time struggle. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
2/5 48% Downsizing (2017) Downsizing is mostly a disappointment because it feels like a waste of a brilliant idea. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
4/5 76% Una (2017) Mara has an intensity that is unsettling and disquieting and she wields it here in ways that dare you to flinch in her presence. - BattyMamzelle EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
91% Widows (2018) There's nothing here that won't make you glad you came. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2018
84% Creed II (2018) But despite its own individual merits, this year's sequel, Creed II, fails to quite live up to the potential of its predecessor, and Coogler himself seems to be the essential missing ingredient. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
78% Green Book (2018) With its insistence on the pretense of loving our way into racial harmony, the movie exists almost exclusively to allow white moviegoers to nod sagely about how far we've come. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
73% Assassination Nation (2018) Witches are making a pop culture comeback, so it's not a surprise that Sam Levinson's Assassination Nation trades on that rudimentary metaphor as a starting point for this horror-comedy cum political manifesto. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2018
61% Vox Lux (2018) Vox Lux serves as a fitting, if clumsy, acknowledgement of the new status quo. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
41% Where Hands Touch (2018) While expertly made, the film fails because it refuses to meaningfully acknowledge the basic truth of the terrifying power dynamics between the two lovers. - The Muse/Jezebel EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018