Deborah Young

Deborah Young

Agrees with the Tomatometer 82% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Mia Madre "Good, strong, understated filmmaking is enlivened by Moretti's characteristic wry blend of drama and humor. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 16, 2015
95% Black Souls (2015) "Black Souls... chooses the classic route of Greek tragedy, which is a natural match for the hard-faced, tight-lipped characters who spiral into general disaster. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2015
100% About Elly (2015) "About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 6, 2015
65% Reaching for the Moon (2013) "The life of American Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop furnishes surprisingly vivid emotional material in Reaching for the Moon. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2015
66% The Dead Lands (2015) "The characters are all well-drawn and acting is tough, iconic and credible. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2015
90% Jauja (2015) "An extremely enigmatic work that dangles possible meanings before viewers, who are forced to put their thinking caps on. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 16, 2015
40% Two Men in Town (2015) "What seems meant as a scorching indictment of American injustice and prejudice, or perhaps the searing character study of a cornered man, just ends up looking wishy-washy and old-fashioned. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2015
100% Taxi "Amazingly, Panahi turns the utterly simple, economical format of a camera inside a car into something relevant to his own artistic state and full of eye-opening insights into Iranian society. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) "Timbuktu is a hard film to forget and once again brings Sissako to the center stage of African cinema. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2015
82% R100 (2015) "A reflection on destructive sexual fantasies vaunts some wonderfully outrageous and original comedy but an unimpressive final act. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 9, 2014
88% Winter Sleep (2014) "The esoteric world of masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan proves as vibrant and uneasy as ever in Winter Sleep, a Chekhovian meditation on a marriage that returns to the mood of the director's early films like Climates and Clouds of May. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 13, 2014
No Score Yet The Golden Boy "Despite the work of a starry cast, which includes veteran Giovanna Ralli and Cristiana Capotondi, the film has a plodding obviousness that dampens the drama. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 26, 2014
81% Human Capital (2015) "Not just a chic thriller, but an engrossing study of Italian society and a downward-spiralling economy. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 26, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "The film's major plus is its exotic atmosphere. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014
9% Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) "The bullets and knives fly thick and fast in a way bound to push the buttons of fans of mindless violence, but there's something missing here that keep these gangsters from blasting their way into great tradition of anti-heroes. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2014
89% Still Alice (2015) "The toll the disease takes on the life of a brilliant linguistics professor is superbly detailed by Julianne Moore in a career-high performance, driving straight to the terror of the disease and its power to wipe out personal certainties and identity. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2014
63% Hungry Hearts (2015) "Something is missing. Something like credibility. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
No Score Yet Jackie & Ryan "The modesty of the story, the simple story-telling and honest emotions all come together in a satisfying whole. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
61% Boychoir (2015) "Requires such large amounts of suspended disbelief that one wonders if the film is principally aimed at children. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2014
52% The Face Of An Angel "There are many good things in the swiftly-moving narrative, filmed with a hand-held camera to give a documentary look. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2014
92% En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron (A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence) (2015) "Though it abounds in the kind of sardonic humor intrinsic to life's absurdities, the film is rarely laugh-out-loud funny. In a nutshell, quiet desperation prevails. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2014
51% The Humbling (2015) "Once Pacino is surrounded by other characters, the comedy comes thick and fast and the material begins to come together in an absurd sort of way. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2014
90% Closed Curtain (2014) "A complex film-within-a-film structure uses the favorite techniques of reflexive Iranian cinema to assert the need to recount reality. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 18, 2014
No Score Yet Falafel (2007) "An easy intro to new Lebanese cinema... chronicling the country's post-civil war emptiness with a light touch as it zaps between playful clowning and edge-of-violence darkness. " ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2014
23% Third Person (2014) "An excellent ensemble cast, led by Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis and James Franco doesn't disappoint, though they struggle to keep things afloat over a running time of more than two hours. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 16, 2014
83% Dormant Beauty (2014) "With typical intelligence and complexity, director Marco Bellocchio weaves three stories around the politically hot topic of euthanasia, turning a real-life Italian national drama into engrossing narrative for sophisticated audiences. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2014
42% Words And Pictures (2014) "If it wasn't for the charming top-liners who can make literary dialogue sound sexy in their sleep, the war in Fred Schepisi's Words and Pictures would have to be called off after the opening skirmish. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2014
73% The German Doctor (2014) "The sinister interest a Nazi physician takes in a 12-year-old girl and her family makes for a chilling, original tale. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 21, 2014
46% That Demon Within (Mo Jing) (2014) "A cagey mixture of action and horror, with a standout performance from Daniel Wu. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 28, 2014
48% Stalingrad (2014) "Its astute use of a modern deep-focus, 3D idiom creates the engrossing immediacy of a large-scale disaster film. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 25, 2014
98% The Last of the Unjust (2014) "A powerful reflection on the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution is seen through the intelligent, sardonic eyes of an aged eyewitness. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 7, 2014
No Score Yet The Mice Room (Odet el feran) "Serious story-telling is about the only thing that unites these short stories. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
56% The Best Offer (2014) "Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery set against the sophisticated backdrop of Europe's art auctions, with charming input from Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 2, 2014
79% Quartet (2013) "Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 22, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) "Sure-footed scripting and a stand-out performance by Luminita Gheorghiu freshen a potentially pat subject. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 12, 2013
71% The Motel Life (2013) "Sensitive lensing and acting render an unusual story of brotherly love touching in a promising first film. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 15, 2013
63% Faust (2013) "Zeiler, a relatively unknown actor outside of German TV, energetically fills the main role with quick intelligence and unflagging self-confidence, which helps the viewer negotiate the dangerous ground he walks on. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2013
64% Mr. Nobody (2013) "This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2013
55% Capital (2013) "A serious European financial thriller is something of a novelty, and Costa-Gavras, the militant film master par excellence, shows perfect timing in his ambitious Capital, a film that lingers in the memory in spite of being rather irritating to watch. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 21, 2013
65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) "Enjoyable enough, this colorfully local, nostalgia-tinged tale focuses on the Hong Kong years of an older, gentlemanly kung fu master. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2013
75% Enemy (2014) "As hauntingly strange as it is inconclusive and frustrating, Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), is one of the more head-scratching additions to the doppelganger genre. Yet it will certainly have its fans. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2013
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) "Though it's packed with adorable tykes and more than a few strong scenes, even Kore-eda fans may feel a let-down with a lovely film that makes little emotional connection " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) "A sometimes fascinating, sometimes not, four-hour visit to the Berkeley campus offers insights into what the great, sprawling public university is today. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) "Stephen Frears returns to top form in a touching, at times funny true story of grave injustice and a mother's search for closure. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
84% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) "Irresistible trashy fun in a cross-genre free-for-all. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) "The first feature ever shot in Saudi Arabia is a winner directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
89% The Wind Rises (2014) "A film about the beauty of flight and the prelude to war, whose astonishing visuals shout that life is wonderful. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2013
52% The Zero Theorem (2014) "Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2013
80% Sacro GRA "A humorous, humanistic approach enlivens an inventive documentary feature about people living around Rome's ring road " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 7, 2013
56% Inch'Allah (2013) "Inert Canadian-French drama attempts to explore the motivation behind a suicide bombing. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
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