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
No Score Yet Missing Child (2013) Although there are some unresolved loose ends in the story and some technical issues within the film's design, the strength of Missing Child comes with the story, its construct and its themes, and above all, the performances. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The bar of excellence is elevated to astronomical levels that future writers and directors in not only the Marvel universe, but others, will be hard pressed to equal let alone surpass. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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59% Draft Day (2014) A richly textured character study not only about a man and those around him, but about character, ethics and integrity...and yes, character does count. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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66% The Railway Man (2014) The Railway Man packs an emotional punch to move even the coldest heart; so powerful you feel the pain, you feel burdens lift as demons are faced, you feel the forgiveness fill the screen and the room, and just watching you are lifted and uplifted. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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2.5/5 20% Transcendence (2014) [I]ntriguing visuals that tell a story...Sadly, however, there are too many themes and not enough clarity to engage during the film itself, a failure that also falls on the lack of a human touch within two of the film's principals - Depp and Hall. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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55% Fading Gigolo (2014) Originally developed as a short story/sketch, [John] Turturro has chiseled the story and the characters with sharpened traits yet soft edges, smooth to the touch and the heart...An adorably quirky slice of life and love. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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91% Locke (2014) Sumptuous visuals. Mesmerizing character study in one night of a man's life. Masterful storytelling. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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53% NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014) Creating a warmth that feels like a family home video travelogue, scenic visuals are balanced with interviews guaranteed to inspire not only theatre actors and theatre-goers, but travelers alike. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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37% The Quiet Ones (2014) Although there are some script holes and unanswered questions, and yes, some of the unavoidable horror tropes, at the end of the day, there's nothing quiet about The Quiet Ones. It screams frightening terror. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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86% The Immigrant (2014) A rich tapestried portrait of 1920's New York through the eye of a young Polish immigrant. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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2.5/5 17% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014) The adventures are engaging, the journey fun, the underlying lessons about friendship and loyalty well told, but the dialogue itself proves hit and miss... - Behind The Lens EDIT
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65% Million Dollar Arm (2014) [L]oads the bases with heart, humor and fun and then hits it out of the park for grand slam entertainment. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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43% Words And Pictures (2014) Watching Owen and Binoche do this dance leaves one emotionally breathless and wanting more. They are like fire and ice as each brings amazing nuance to their individual and collective performances. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3.5/5 29% 50 to 1 (2014) Captivating us with the story of the little two-year old horse that could, and did, [Jim] Wilson makes us all feel like winners. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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29% The Love Punch (2014) The Love Punch harkens to the screwball antics of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in 'The Philadelphia Story.' - Behind The Lens EDIT
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54% Maleficent (2014) Magical. Mesmerizing. Masterful. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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79% The Suicide Theory (2015) Director Dru Brown delves into a world of palpable violence tinged psychological terror and self-exploration with great aplomb. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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53% Trust Me (2014) Written and directed by Clark Gregg, Trust Me bodes many laugh out loud funny moments that spring from genuine Hollywood-insider satire while drawing its warmth and subtext from the subtle humor, and tragedy, that comes from life itself. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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23% Think Like a Man Too (2014) Too rollicking, too raucous, too funny for words. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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64% Inner Demons (2014) [Seth] Grossman effectively and creatively uses the reality show format as the narrative structure, while focusing more on psychological horror as opposed to hack and slash. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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89% Echo Park (2016) With the look and feel that captures the independent spirit of filmmaking and Los Angeles, Echo Park lights up the screen with an artsy sun-kissed vibe . - Behind The Lens EDIT
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75% The Last Survivors (The Well) (2014) A compelling and interesting script that is only elevated further by performance and Seamus Tierney's visuals. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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100% Evolution Of A Criminal (2014) Devoid of sugar-coating or the rose-colored lenses so frequently found with a documentary of this nature, Darius Monroe is brutally honest with the audience, his victims and more importantly, himself. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2019
No Score Yet Szerelempatak (Stream of Love) (2014) With a beautiful lyricism fueled by laughter and the lilting melodies of the accordion, you can't watch Stream of Love and not smile with each of the nine wonderful villagers we meet. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3/5 46% Wish I Was Here (2014) Although there is an unevenness to the story in terms of thematic elements, [Zach] Braff hits some emotional highs but truly excels with not only his casting but the technical elements and considerations, most notably Lawrence Sher's cinematography. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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2.5/5 90% Obvious Child (2014) [A] lot of potential that obviously isn't realized. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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95% Snowpiercer (2014) [P]ierces the senses with Oscar-worthy stylization and performances while opening the eyes to a clarity of thought about the world around us. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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No Score Yet Walking Under Water (2014) Immersed in the magic of this underwater world and way of life, the beauty and simplicity of Walking Under Water flows with the easy lull of the nighttime tides and the tranquil sounds of the sea. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3.5/5 95% Man from Reno (2015) Fresh and invigorating... a firm grasp on story and development. Tension builds brilliantly...Characters are extremely well-crafted with performances to match. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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43% Apartment Troubles (2014) Well written characters give [Apartment Troubles] a strong foundation on which [Jess] Weixler and [Jennifer] Prediger build style and technique, complimenting sharp dialogue and performances with superb production values. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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29% Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Powerful is an understatement. Deliver Us from Evil is a fully sensory and terrifying experience capped off with a spellbinding performance by Edgar Ramirez. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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No Score Yet Audrey (2014) The film capitalizes on the stereotypical cliches and tropes of female insecurity, using that as the stepping stone for some fun fantasy moments and the rather whimsical humor that fills the film. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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57% Road to Paloma (2014) Creating an almost 'Easy Rider' vibe, as writer/first-time director/actor, Jason Momoa dazzles with moody emotional depth and a stylized visual eye, delivering a film that is not only beautiful to look at but beautifully done. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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44% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) Action-packed, fun-filled flight filled with adventure for the whole family. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) Classic romanticism told with the whimsical humor that is Woody Allen. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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76% Happy Christmas (2014) Loosely crafted story works and has an easy natural flow ... shooting on 16mm, Ben Richardson's cinematography is textured with a 70's cinematic feel. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy goes galactic with a new kind of fun, freshness, and family, ready to rock the Marvel universe and yours. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) Fulfilling, rich and delicious, The Hundred Foot Journey is an effervescent delight, sizzling with cinematic and emotional flavor. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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32% The Expendables 3 (2014) The Expendables 3 is about having fun - both on and off screen. Hi-octane exhilaration. Has you breathless from beginning to end. Beyond Badass! - Behind The Lens EDIT
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43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) [A]ction-packed explosion of raw and visceral lust, corruption, vengeance and violence that dazzles, delights, intrigues, and celebrates the noir thrillers of the 30's, 40's and 50's on screen and on the pulp page. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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35% The November Man (2014) Director Roger Donaldson, reteaming with his 'Dante's Peak' star, [Pierce] Brosnan, excels at the interplay of espionage and red herrings, keeping us on our toes with plot points and twists and turns while dazzling with some well-timed action sequences. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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68% Life Of Crime (2014) [O]ne of the most, if not the most, faithful to the source material of all the [Elmore] Leonard adaptations...true to the stylized dialogue and wit of the novel itself. Life of Crime is as witty and wonderful on the big screen as on the page. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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68% God Help the Girl (2014) Charming, enchanting, fun and fancy-free, God Help The Girl is a divine intervention. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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75% Honeymoon (2014) Deconstructing a relationship thanks to over-zealous paranoia...an intriguing story fueled by doubt and uncertainty, hesitancy and fear, while creating suspense and tension with a sinister slow burn. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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3/5 12% No Good Deed (2014) Although there are some continuity issues and plot points that bode disbelief, it doesn't detract from the white-knuckling terror that unfolds. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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45% Tusk (2014) A thought-provoking, subtextual philosophical commentary on humanity and man, with an emotional and visual depth that is undisputedly the best work of [Kevin] Smith's career, Tusk is both brilliantly disturbing and disturbingly brilliant. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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38% Two Night Stand (2014) Exuberant and engaging, filled with youthful fun and genuine moments of wide-eyed enchantment, Two Night Stand captures the heart with humor and sweet romance. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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77% The Boxtrolls (2014) A film that is oh-so enchanting and charming thanks to eye-popping visuals, perfect voice casting and a fantastical story for all ages. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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40% The Liberator (2014) Action and adventure, life and death, love and betrayal, and at the heart of it all, a man who dreamed beyond himself and fought for those dreams. Sweeping, epic, masterful. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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29% The Hero of Color City (2014) The visuals, the story and the characters keep moving and never stagnate. There is always an eye-popping visual, color blend, adventure or music to keep the attention of a fidgety kid... The Hero of Color City will be a hero to the younger set. - Behind The Lens EDIT
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