Debbie Holloway

Debbie Holloway
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
After getting her start in movie reviews writing and doing video movie reviews for a Family/Faith-based website Crosswalk.com, Debbie now lives in Brooklyn New York, wrote briefly for HelloGiggles.com, and now writes and does social media coverage for Narrative Muse, a fast-growing source for books and movies created by and about women and nonbinary people. She especially loves to cover well-made children's movies, directorial debuts, lady directors, and movies produced by POC - with an eye both critical and generous. In addition to movies, she loves creativity, advocating for kindness, Mexican food, yoga, GIFs, getting rush tickets for Broadway shows, and reading on the Subway.
Publications: Narrative Muse
Location: Brooklyn, NY

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% CRSHD (2019) CRSHD is the shallow-but-fun, sex-misadventure comedy we've all been waiting for, this time (FINALLY!) made by young women and starring young women! - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Furiosa and the women are the heart and soul of Fury Road, championing female life and autonomy into something that could have easily been a popcorn flick for bros. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
72% He Named Me Malala (2015) Malala is a unique, surprising individual, who's part of a larger history of standing up to oppression. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Brooklyn (2015) Full disclosure: I did not expect to cry so much during Brooklyn - the journey of one woman learning to navigate her place in the world. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
93% Room (2015) Room isn't all heartbreak and despair. It's also a testament to how we make each other stronger, how we aren't meant to go at it alone. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
85% Still Alice (2015) What would I do if tomorrow a terrifying diagnosis dropped out of nowhere? How would I navigate the waters of disappointment and broken expectations? - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% Eye In The Sky (2016) It's a take on the impossible moral quandaries which arise in wartime - the things we take for granted and situations we hope to never face. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
89% Gayby Baby (2016) Being a kid is hard; being a parent is hard -whether you're straight or gay- all the time, no matter what. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
59% Money Monster (2016) The temptation to steal, hide, and lie becomes stronger when it means simply moving numbers instead of banknotes, or tucking away data behind passwords and code. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% The Fits (2016) The Fits is dark and cavernous, mysterious and pulsating, with a surreal take on adolescence and what it means to grow up. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
97% Weiner (2016) Weiner is a brisk, laugh-out-loud, fascinating peek into the campaign offices and living rooms of the people ensnared in Anthony Weiner's bizarre political saga. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
99% Selma (2014) ...[I]n zooming in on one moment, director DuVernay and writer Paul Webb really force us to live in the trial by fire that was the American South in 1965. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
93% The Little Prince (2016) The Little Prince is a beautiful blend of a classic story and a new, compelling one...stars hang from threads, and you can almost hear them laughing. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
95% Spy (2015) It's the secret agent action movie flipped on its head. Mr. Perfect Agent has a secret weapon in his ear: Melissa McCarthy. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
100% After Parkland (2019) In the wake of this school shooting, something began to change in U.S. dialogue and activism. This documentary holds a magnifying glass up to this pivotal event. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
75% The BFG (2016) There are treasures to be unearthed in the loving and poignant last cinematic words of Mathison's adaptation. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
70% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) I recommend the film not because it's a classic or it's my new favorite movie. But...It's worth disappearing into an old, old language and confronting difficult truths about life. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
93% Queen of Katwe (2016) There's a distinct burden to telling a true story well - and this cast and crew shouldered the task bravely. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
78% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) It rises above expectations, and brings back the warmth and quirk so memorable in the original novel. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
No Score Yet Miss Representation (2011) If the media is so derogatory toward the most powerful women in the US, "then what does it say about [the] media's ability to take any woman in America seriously?" - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
97% 13th (2016) Systems of oppression tend to reinvent themselves, according to 13TH. Is there a way to move past them? - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
82% I Will Follow (2011) Before 13TH and Selma, Ava DuVernay was making her big-screen directorial debut in I Will Follow - and it doesn't disappoint. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
73% Suffragette (2015) It's hard to believe that dropping our opinions into a ballot box, something we do so casually, took so much ink, blood, and screaming to accomplish. But it did. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
74% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) I want to be up front with Harry Potter fans - this movie is not Potter caliber. But I still found it to be absolutely lovely and enchanting, with much to admire. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
94% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The world is full of beautiful, complex humans. Sometimes it just takes a bit of growing up to notice them. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
89% 20th Century Women (2017) What did it mean to be born, to grow up in, to die in, the 20th century? Well, it meant a lot of different things. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) This movie brings major nostalgia for the 90's kid and fairy-tale lover and fills in some of those glaring plot holes from the original. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
63% The Zookeeper's Wife (2017) Antonina Zabinski was a woman of privilege and resources, and her family's true story of heroism and generosity is almost too beautiful to be believed. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
83% A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017) A Woman's Life is a beautiful, bittersweet reminder of the most euphoric and most heartwrenching parts of life. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
76% My Cousin Rachel (2017) This film uses an engrossing love story to pierce the heart of the literary femme fatale archetype to its very core. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% Lady Macbeth (2017) I expected a dark period drama - but the film went way past that. This is no Jane Austen piece. Get ready for a truly psychological thriller. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
No Score Yet Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story (2014) U.S. Navy SEAL Kristin Beck voices her newly embraced transgender identity, her transition, and shares the struggles she knows still lie ahead. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
83% Patti Cake$ (2017) The cast is solid, the direction is colorful and bold, and our hero Patricia (AKA Killa P) is the talented version of ourselves we all aspire to be. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
88% The Incredible Jessica James (2017) Jessica James is kind of obnoxious, mean to her dates, and she's definitely her own biggest fan. But she's 25 and she's trying really hard. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
96% The Florida Project (2017) This drama provides so many emotional sucker punches. Like Moonlight, it shows, rather than tells, the beautiful, real, and raw story of everyday Americans. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
89% I, Tonya (2018) It easily earns high scores across categories: the music is infectious, the direction is like a Coen-brothers romp, and the cast is all-star caliber. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
85% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is a bit like "Starry Night." It's simple, it's soothing, yet somehow it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) It's a year be proud of the fade of girl-characters in movies who look to male companions and ask, wide eyed "What do we do now?" Not Meg. Not in Ava's movies. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
80% The Prince of Egypt (1998) This story reminds me that in a world run by men and kings, there is wonder and strength in the woman, in the child, and in the slave, to change the course of history. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) This isn't a story about discovering identity. This is a story of relationships, of grief, and of how social networks break down for the most vulnerable. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
57% Duck Butter (2018) The movie is almost entirely conceptual. It's not one for the history books. Still, it left such a warm spot of admiration in my heart after it was all said and done. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
80% Dead Women Walking (2018) Haunting and tender, this exploration of nine incarcerated women deals with the most chilling verdict any justice system has to offer: the death penalty. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
98% Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) (2019) Watching Too Late to Die Young felt like being carried by a gentle stream. It has a dreamlike, even-keeled quality one doesn't find in many Hollywood movies. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
83% High Life (2019) High Life is richly layered, atmospheric, and as creepy as poison ivy winding its way around your leg. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Despite the hiding, the brokenness, and the stealing, this family in Shoplifters is a small snapshot of joy, and one that shines a sorely needed light. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) This engaging, unforgettable story lies somewhere between fairy tale and dystopia. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
93% The Favourite (2018) Here, there is blood, guns, sex, and revenge. The men are bedecked in makeup and wigs, the women run the war, and it passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
94% Private Life (2018) Private Life is an existential rollercoaster, and only barely about a baby. (It's more like Waiting for Godot!) - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
69% You've Got Mail (1998) It's surprising how relevant this movie feels, even 20 years later. But it's not just nostalgia or deep themes that keep bringing us back, it's everything! - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
100% A Regular Woman (Nur Eine Frau) (2019) This movie gives Aynur her voice back, if just for an hour and a half. And in doing so, it gives a voice to any woman who might be hurting, abused, or silenced. - Narrative Muse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019