Deborah Young

Deborah Young
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet I'm Livin' It (2019) Kwok draws a convincing end to Bowen's woes, getting the tone just right. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet A Sun (Yang Guang Pu Zhao) (2019) An engrossing stunner. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
No Score Yet Killed My Wife (Anaereul Jukyessda) (2019) The classic prove-my-innocence whodunit with realistic impulses. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Tezuka's Barbara (2019) An exceedingly bizarre love story that is too distanced to be moving, but still has its visual and other pleasures. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) The full force of Obayashi's preference for the experimental makes itself felt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Last Headhunters of the Nagas (2019) What distinguishes the doc from similarly titled Discovery and National Geographic ethnographic studies is its general effacement of the filmmaker from the film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet A Beloved Wife (2019) There's something courageous about this comic analysis of a young couple who make each other's life miserable, not least the fact that it's based on the writer-director's autobiographical novel. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet Roam Rome Mein (2019) A crowd-pleasing fantasy with a feminist punch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet The 47 Ronin in Debt (Kessan! Chushingura) (2019) Though samurai comedies are rare, they are also hard to pull off, and the present Edo period film by Yoshihiro Nakamura is no exception. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019) Given all its historical baggage, Tora-san, Wish You Were Here is surprisingly pleasurable to watch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet Invitation (Nimtoh) (2019) A quiet, original take on life in rural India. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Wayfarers (Raahgir) (2019) A slow starter turns into something deeply moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) An original social farce where men become the monkeys. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Score Yet About Love (2019) It's a small, unpretentious film about ordinary people, but Phadke achieves a nice balance, based on her respect for each family member as a person. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
No Score Yet The Jesus Rolls (2020) Though Turturro turned this small part into a memorable character for the Coens, Quintana is not so reliably funny here, especially headlining a whole movie of very intermittent charm. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
No Score Yet Shindisi (2019) A model of quietly powerful filmmaking that describes the experience of warfare from multiple viewpoints. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
100% La Llorona (2019) A haunting evocation of revenge and suspense. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
No Score Yet White on White (Blanco en blanco) (2019) Seductive, distressing and unforgettable. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
100% Kabul, City in the Wind (2018) The achingly affectionate remembrance of a troubled city. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2019
No Score Yet Noura's Dream (Noura rêve) (2019) The film's fresh, open-minded approach supports a married woman with a lover, offering a complex moral perspective within a realistic story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
67% Lara (2019) An engaging put-down that blossoms into complexity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
No Score Yet Beyond the Raging Sea (2019) An edge-of-your-seat ordeal at sea spookily mirrors the refugee crisis. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
No Score Yet They Say Nothing Stays the Same (Aru sendo no hanashi) (2019) It's a dreamy, unexpectedly rigorous debut that starts frustratingly slowly but ends with an emotional bang... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2019
100% Son-Mother (Pesar-Madar) (2019) One of the saddest stories to come out of recent Iranian cinema, and that's saying a lot. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
67% 37 Seconds (2019) A refreshingly unbiased look at a real heroine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
No Score Yet Bring Me Home (Find Me) (Na-reul cha-ja-jwo) (2019) Shot in stark contrasts and laced with sudden, jarring plot turns, this feature debut abounds in psychological horror... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
No Score Yet Certified Mail (Bi Elm El Wossul) (2019) A sensitive, harrowing tale about an emotionally fragile young wife and mother who has to face the trials of Job when her husband is arrested. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
100% Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame du Nil) (2019) An engrossing tale of growing tension that explodes into violence. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
100% Weathering with You (2020) Once again, Shinkai takes sure aim at the teenage market and its taste for romance and magical realism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2019
72% The Sky Is Pink (2019) For those who like head-on, immersive emotional experiences at the movies, The Sky Is Pink may be a direct hit. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
100% Workforce (Mano de obra) (2019) Though modestly made, this drama is both fleet - at just 82 minutes - and very precise, steadily working its way toward a payoff that is understated yet packs a punch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Coming Home Again (2019) Shot in a light-filled San Francisco apartment, it's a far cry from dreary or depressing, but it also doesn't offer any easy way to enter its emotional territory. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
No Score Yet State Funeral (2019) This cannily edited selection of rare archive footage reveals the peak of the people's mind-born terror, and it is the beginning of the end. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Collective (Colectiv) (2019) [A] fast-paced shocker that communicates its urgency to the viewer. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
85% Color Out of Space (2020) A satisfying shot at bringing a classic of the sci-fi/horror genre to modern audiences. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
67% The Other Lamb (2019) Malgorzata's command of her medium makes the film a pleasure to watch... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
No Score Yet Atlantis (2019) [A] dark yet humanly luminous story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
77% The Friend (2019) 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. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
73% Radioactive (2019) A timely reminder of this exceptional woman's achievements. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
95% About Endlessness (Om det oändliga) (2019) More existential, less funny. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
88% The Painted Bird (2019) Adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's 1965 novel of the same title, The Painted Bird receives its ideal film treatment in Vaclav Marhoul's heart-wrenching Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia co-production. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
80% No.7 Cherry Lane (Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao) (2019) A superbly imaginative work of adult animation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
No Score Yet Fellini Never-Ending (Fellini fine mai) (2019) In the spirit of its ungrammatical title, it's not the easiest film to navigate but there are gems to be found. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
100% Balloon (Qiqiu) (2019) Delicate, playful and slightly mystical. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet 5 Is the Perfect Number (5 è il numero perfetto) (2019) Thrillingly stylish, though emotionally not so compelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
No Score Yet The Mayor of Rione Sanità (Il sindaco del Rione Sanità) (2019) It is certainly one of the director's more successful films, but it suffers from the same intellectual barriers that have made his work so difficult to access for general audiences. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
63% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) (2019) The result is oddly lacking in heart and soul, almost as though a mask of military discipline held it in check. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
94% The Perfect Candidate (2019) What the film lacks in sophistication it makes up in intuition, entwining the long-time taboos of music (especially the female voice) and women's active participation in political life in a positive storyline. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
No Score Yet The Scarecrows (Les Épouvantails) (2019) Employing an almost all-female cast, Bouzid, who also wrote the screenplay, shows women not just as victims but as lawyers, doctors and caring mothers caught in a tangle of reasons and feelings, laws and injustices. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
No Score Yet The Fourth Wall (2019) In spite of a camera that seems to be constantly moving... the actors feel blocked out on a stage and the overall effect is pretty static. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019