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
46% Here Today (2021) Leave it to Billy Crystal to not only give us laughter but heartfelt tears along with it. Poignant and beautiful, Here Today tugs at the heartstrings with laughter, love, and friendship. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
79% Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog (2021) Touch[es] the soul and warms even the coldest heart. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
83% Everything for a Reason (2000) An absolute charmer [with] heart, humor, the Jersey Shore, and plenty of local Jersey/Philly touchstones. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
86% The Courier (2020) The Courier shows us human connection, hope, and that one man, or two, can make a difference felt the world over - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
71% Son (2021) Twisted and terrifying storytelling. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2021
No Score Yet Miracle on Christmas (2020) Reminds us of the real meaning of Christmas and the miracles that faith can bring. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
No Score Yet Chasing the Rain (2020) An emotionally powerful film that speaks to the uncertainty of life and the searching within ourselves to discover not only who we are, but our path in life. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
94% Hunter Hunter (2020) Writer/director Shawn Linden cuts off the gristle and serves up the grisly with a savory slow-roasted tale of tension and terror with Hunter Hunter. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
45% Fatale (2020) One of the most psychologically chilling edge-of-your-seat thrill rides of the year...Place your bets on Fatale. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2020
78% Greenland (2020) Greenland taps into the human condition and finds humanity, delivering a thought-provoking film with killer action, powerful emotion, a comet named Clarke, and Gerard Butler. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
45% Fatman (2020) Fatman is beyond fun! A rich dark comedic gem glittering in the twinkling holiday cinematic light. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
84% Let Him Go (2020) Let Him Go delivers a brutal ruthlessness that speaks to the depth and intensity of emotions at play, gripping your heart at every turn. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2020
3/5 25% Tar (2020) There are several strong suits to Tar that bubble to the surface and keep your interest...However, Tar does get stuck in some of the muck that weighs it down with a lack of clarity and intent. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2020
100% The Boy Behind the Door (2020) The fear, tension, and terror are relentless and beyond palpable...We are in the shoes of these 12-year old boys, as well as in their heads and hearts, every step of the way. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2020
78% The Cuban (2020) The Cuban lifts the spirit and fills the heart - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
52% The Bay of Silence (2020) A mesmerizing and intriguing tale of secrets, lies, and love, The Bay of Silence speaks volumes - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2020
71% Toss It (2019) [F]ueled by deliciously witty and fun banter...Toss It catches the comedy bouquet! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
93% The Outpost (2020) [T]he Best Picture of the Year! . . . The Outpost is an emotional powerhouse that grabs your heart and soul with both hands and doesn't let go. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
100% Return to Hardwick (2020) [A]n important addition to our cinematic history as it preserves a chapter of history important to the world, and to the families of these men and women. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
40% The Dinner Party (2020) Delectable... delicious... dark... and macabrely fun. The Dinner Party is one dinner you don't want to miss - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2020
86% Batsh*t Bride (2020) A perfect balance between comedy and heartfelt charm that makes you smile. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
79% True History of the Kelly Gang (2020) Intensely visceral and enlightening character study of rebellion and the challenging of authority while taking charge of one's own destiny...Striking is the depth of emotion and the internal conflict which we see and feel within Ned Kelly. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
67% Almost Love (2020) A more than enjoyable, breath of fresh air... Almost Love feels like spring, evoking a sense of life renewing itself. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Sizzling spellbinding noir mastery. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2020
36% Waiting for Anya (2020) A beautifully and sensitively told story - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
33% Spy Intervention (2020) Spy Intervention is one fresh and fun film! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2020
70% Olympic Dreams (2020) Sweetly charming...Olympic caliber gold! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
93% Ordinary Love (2020) Ordinary Love is an extraordinary film. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2020
67% Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) [E]xamines and celebrates science and faith...then toss in a lot of action and time travel and you have yourself an interesting and engaging film. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
68% Troop Zero (2020) Filled with heart, joy, inspiration, and fun, if we see or learn nothing else from TROOP ZERO it's that no one and nothing is insignificant, everyone has a voice, and no one is alone. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
36% Reality Queen! (2020) A biting, laugh out loud funny, and very entertaining satiric commentary! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
82% The Report (2019) A 'must-see' film for every American...the truth of The Report cannot be ignored. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2020
22% Sabotage (2014) Sabotage. Unrelenting. Unapologetic. Unstoppable. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
81% Rob the Mob (2014) Here, the actors and their performances eloquently speak for Tommy and Rosie Uva. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) We wanted them. We got them. The Muppets are back again with a vengeance with Muppets Most Wanted. Please sirs, I want some more. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Magnificent and magical, once you check-in, you'll never want to check-out. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
23% Need For Speed (2014) Let the checkered flag wave for Need For Speed as it crosses the finish line first with fast cars, phenomenal practical stunts, superb lensing, a story with heart and a future superstar in Aaron Paul. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
81% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) Not a mis-step to be found, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is perfection, destined to be the Best Animated Feature of the Year! You'll be begging for more! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
11% The Bag Man (2014) While you may be told "Do Not Look in the Bag!", you definitely need to look at The Bag Man. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
41% In Secret (2014) There's nothing secret about In Secret. It sizzles and satiates. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
28% 3 Days To Kill (2014) Nothing warms my heart more than a father-daughter film - unless it's a father-daughter film with kick-ass action; which means, 3 Days To Kill is killer! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
16% The Right Kind of Wrong (2014) Adorably sweet, charming and filled with love, right down to a "Ghost Bear" and fluffy white cats named Snow and Balls, everything is right about The Right Kind of Wrong. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
69% About Last Night (2014) On this, one of the most relatable relationship weekends of the year, go out and relate to About Last Night. Hilarity and heart at their most brilliant! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
14% Cavemen (2014) ...Cavemen boasts some entertaining and emotionally arced performances by Skylar Astin, Chad Michael Murray, Kenny Wormald and the lone gal in the group, Camilla Belle... - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) Although some awkward moments in the third act trip things up a bit with some unnecessary convolutions of story, on the whole, there's nothing awkward about That Awkward Moment. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
No Score Yet Best Night Ever (2014) Unfortunately, [Jason] Friedberg and {Aaron} Seltzer, who had the opportunity to make something original fell to Epic Movie level parody that has more misses than hits. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
61% At Middleton (2014) Now that we've matriculated and "graduated" At Middleton, let's go back for our Masters. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
29% Gimme Shelter (2014) A solid piece of filmmaking. Strong emotional performance by [Vanessa] Hudgens. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
12% The Nut Job (2014) While overall entertaining and a sure crowd-pleaser to the younger set, with The Nut Job, some elements of the film are chestnuty warm and tasty, roasted to perfection, while others prove to be a tough nut to crack. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
5% The Legend of Hercules (2014) The Legend of Hercules - a Herculean effort and experience. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020