Debbie Lynn Elias

Debbie Lynn Elias
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Debbie Lynn Elias has been a published film critic for over 30 years with weekly reviews and interviews carried in publications in print and online around the globe. (Her first published review was in January 1977 covering "Network".) She is also creator and host of the weekly radio show, "Behind The Lens" on Adrenaline Radio. An award-winning producer and writer, she spent years honing her technical and creative skills in tv and film production, as well as journalism and film criticism, and uses that training, education, and experience to bring unique and interesting perspectives to her film reviews and interviews. A longtime advocate and supporter of independent film and first-time filmmakers, Debbie is still active in film production, often serving as a consultant providing a critical eye to filmmakers during post-production, and focuses much of her attention and analysis on the indie film world. She also moderates, hosts premieres, post-screening Q&As, in-depth panel discussions, and more. Long a champion of film and television preservation efforts, she is a member of the prestigious Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
Publications: Behind The Lens

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
52% The Humbling (2015) With the intimacy of a theatre piece, [Barry] Levinson and company play with the idea of art imitating life imitating art. Always bordering on the edge of fantasy and reality, insanity and sanity, the Humbling is contemplative and reflective. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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17% Strange Magic (2015) Although not for everyone... Strange Magic is a joyous movie-going experience. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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32% Wild Card (2015) As Nick Wild, Jason Statham is perfection. Quiet, brooding, introspective but with a wild streak, no one can build tension with silence, stillness and just a stare like Statham. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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27% Supremacy (2015) Director Deon Taylor explores the dividing lines of race, family and the hate that fuels those lines, with an intensity that at times is almost overwhelming with explosive emotion...Powerful. Emotionally charged. Riveting. Masterful. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [E]xplosive, high-octane, kick-ass entertainment from start to finish! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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81% WYRMWOOD: Road Of The Dead (2015) Wyrmwood is bloody brilliant! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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17% The Lazarus Effect (2015) A film filled with stunning metaphoric cinematography, killer sound design and a story rooted in fact and faith that invites reflection and discussion...rises to the top of the genre with defining elements of fascinating and intelligent subject matter. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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96% '71 (2015) Focusing on realism...[Yann] Demange, working with a script by Gregory Burke, goes for the gusto with a gut-wrenching action thriller/ character drama that speaks to the conscience. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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80% McFarland USA (2015) Key to the truth of this storytelling lies beyond the performance, beyond the McFarland legacy and embraces the technical aspects and attention to detail of the film...A culturally immersive film, the visuals are evocative and telling. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Charming, poignant and touched with romance and whimsy...Once you check in, you'll never want to check out! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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85% Cinderella (2015) A new classic. A timeless treasure. A pantheon of visual delights plus the delights of romance, the passion and expression of love, and the magic of the movies. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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28% Insurgent (2015) Insurgent surges with unparalleled exhilaration. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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77% Danny Collins (2015) Danny Collins is a delightful melody from beginning to end. Love the characters. Love the performances. Love Danny Collins. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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42% Effie Gray (2015) A beautifully crafted film filled with a haunting stillness and melancholy touched with moments of humor... Effie Gray speaks to the heart and pays soft homage to the woman whose life we see unfold. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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31% The Longest Ride (2015) One of the best [Nicholas] Sparks' adaptations ever. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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45% True Story (2015) To see this story and these individuals played out by James Franco as Chris Longo and Jonah Hill as Michael Finkel is delicious...an interesting tacit visual duality/split screen at play here that director Rupert Goold masterfully elicits. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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62% Unfriended (2015) Unfriended rises and falls not only the cutting edge technology and cinematic styling, but on the cast...Time to friend, Unfriended. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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24% Little Boy (2015) [T]he most uplifting, hopeful and faith restoring film to come around in a long while. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) [A] non-stop thrill ride of action and entertainment. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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82% Noble (2015) [Stephen] Bradley's vision is clear, concise, and he has found that sweet spot between emotion, character, and visuals that come together perfectly. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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50% Tomorrowland (2015) A technical achievement, a visionary dream come true. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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50% San Andreas (2015) Screenwriter Carlton Cuse delivers an interesting script, but somewhere in the passing of the torch to director Brad Peyton, how-much-CGI-can-we-use clearly became the overriding production mantra which then detracted from the raw human drama and emotion. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) A showcase for superb actors, legends in fact, who deliver engaging substantive performances, a well written script filled with heart and humor, and some beautifully engaging visuals filled with hope and promise of the beauty the world has to offer - Behind The Lens EDIT
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95% Spy (2015) A balls-to-the-wall, mile-a-minute laugh fest that plays as if custom made for the comedic talents of its stars. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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92% Slow West (2015) A meticulously crafted story with indelible performances from the likes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius...one is transported back in time, immersed in cinematic beauty and scope, and loving every second of it. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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98% Inside Out (2015) [T]he writing is intelligent and clever, filled with witticisms and tongue-in-cheek double entendres...Combining story and visuals, there are more than enough elements of wackiness to keep a perpetual smile on your face. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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38% Max (2015) Filled with emotion, the joys of summer, the excitement, and thrill of adventure, there's nothing quite like the story of a boy and his dog. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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27% Terminator Genisys (2015) [T]he story itself is well written with characters well crafted and yes, subtly nuanced. While the film is heavy on technology and action for set piece driven visuals, it is the character driven story elements that propel Genisys forward. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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15% The Gallows (2015) [W]here The Gallows really gets high marks is with the sound design. Brandon Jones amazes with auditory nuance that brings its own level of chills to the proceedings. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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55% Minions (2015) Just put on a happy face with Minions! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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83% Ant-Man (2015) Paul Rudd puts the "A" in Ant-Man. Affable, likeable, down to earth...There is a softer heroic element to the story and film overall which is brought to life by the authentic Jimmy Stewart "aw shucks" persona of Rudd. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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60% Southpaw (2015) [W]hile Southpaw is not a perfect film and, in fact, on more than one occasion harkens to deja vu moments of multiple 'Rocky' films and every boxing cliche imaginable, it is high octane emotion on every level. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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9% Fantastic Four (2015) There is nothing fantastic about Fantastic Four. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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93% Best Of Enemies (2015) [A] fascinating look not only into this chapter of history but into the driving forces behind Buckley and Vidal and their disdain for each other. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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94% The Diary Of A Teenage Girl (2015) Writer/director [Marielle] Heller avoids the pitfalls of thematic darkness and adds a layer of lightness thanks to fantasy animations and dreamlike diary entries that enchant and entertain. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) A documentary as masterful and complex as Brando himself, Listen to Me Marlon is the ultimate Brando on Brando. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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76% People Places Things (2015) An absolutely delightful charmer! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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89% Meru (2015) [L]ensing captures the beauty, the danger and the exhilaration of the entire venture...A testament to all that precedes it, is the generosity of spirit that overwhelms one when the MERU summit is finally reached. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3/5 16% Sinister 2 (2015) One of the weaker sequels in the Blumhouse arsenal in terms of terror and suspense, Sinister 2 is nevertheless solid filmmaking with high production values, interesting script and character development - Behind The Lens EDIT
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71% Break Point (2015) But it's Joshua Rush as Barry who steals the entire film, and your heart, and never more so than in the third act going toe-to-toe with [Jeremy] Sisto...much of the story and the humor falls on Rush's capable shoulders and he never drops the ball. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019
50% Unsullied (2015) Unsullied boasts a solid thru-line, strong characters and high production values. Characters are fully fleshed out and well defined while some surprising plot twists keep the audience on its toes. Tension and suspense are palpable. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3.5/5 No Score Yet Call Me King (2015) Always intrigued by calculated betrayals and manipulation of loyalties and leverages, and never one to shy away from complex story constructs, Call Me King had my attention from start to finish but left me feeling as if it is an heir apparent. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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80% Time Out Of Mind (2015) If ever a film could be described as having 'a soul', this would be the one. Time Out Of Mind is masterful. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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92% Sicario (2015) Fascinating, non-stop, intelligent, visceral. Sicario cuts into the very soul with rapier swiftness and intensity. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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72% Pawn Sacrifice (2015) A mesmerizing character study of chess master and genius Bobby Fischer and corresponding socio-political historical commentary of the Cold War as played out across oceans and on a board with kings and queens and knights and pawns. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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37% The Green Inferno (2015) Written and directed by Eli Roth and co-written by Guillermo Amoedo and an uncredited Nicolas Lopez, the story structure is well done and fully encompassing with commentary on various social and geo-political issues...Visually stunning. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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93% 99 Homes (2015) As comes as no surprise, writer/director Ramin Bahrani breaks down the door of our collective moral compass with this cat and mouse thriller of corruption versus conscience. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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82% Labyrinth Of Lies (2015) A compelling and riveting piece of filmmaking, the intelligence with which this little known factual chapter of history - and German history - is brought to life, indelibly sears the conscience and the heart. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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85% Experimenter (2015) A perfect blend of performance art, cinema and the science of psychology, the result is thought-provoking, profound, and beyond intelligently entertaining. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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63% Truth (2015) Truth boasts another juggernaut by Cate Blanchett that is buoyed by an incredibly strong adaptation of [Mary] Mapes' book, eliciting all the intricate minutiae and ethics of not only investigative journalism but the absurdity of corporate blinders. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2019