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
25% Gemini Man (2019) There are three major components of Gemini Man. The story itself. The lensing in HFR-3D. The de-aging of Will Smith. And there's Mary Elizabeth Winstead kicking ass and taking names! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2019
83% Judy (2019) Hand Renee Zellweger the Best Actress Oscar now! A tour de force performance. Production values sparkle and shine and do the heavy metaphoric emotional lifting, with no production element more outstanding than Ole Bratt Birkeland's cinematography. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
No Score Yet Inside Game (2019) [I]t's Will Sasso who owns this film. He is the game-winner here. The first third of the film is driven by Sasso and his performance and energy as Baba. Upbeat, happy, fun-loving. He sets the initial tone of the film and draws us into this triumvirate. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2019
62% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) (2019) Casting is superb. Production values are excellent. [Larry] Clarke knows this story, he knows the characters, he knows his audience...Clarke knew when to step back and say "enough is enough" and just let 3 Days With Dad live and laugh. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
87% Depraved (2019) [Larry] Fessenden delivers not only the most thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating film of his storied career, but the most visually and emotionally expressive. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Replace (2017) A fascinating, thought-provoking blend of science and sci-fi, [Norbert Keil] and cinematographer [Tim Peter] Kuhn play on the concept of beauty and create the most exquisite visuals serving as a dichotomous metaphor to the story at hand. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
63% The Sound of Silence (2019) Compelling is with analysis of Lucian and Sarsgaard's controlled and methodical portrayal of him; it's as if he is modulating himself and his life through sound, forcing it into a specific pitch rather than experience all of the notes of the universe. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
39% Angel Has Fallen (2019) Exhilaration and excitement, emotion and empathy...Emotion and what makes a man tick...Empathy in understanding that man beyond the surface. And as for exhilaration and excitement? It's Gerard Butler. It's Mike Banning. It's a Ric Roman Waugh film. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
No Score Yet American Bistro (2019) All the ingredients are here for a tasty indie gem. But while some of those ingredients more than satisfy the senses, it's the overall recipe for American Bistro that needed some adjustment and taste-testing before presentation. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
77% Skin (2019) Intense. Visceral. Brutal. Skin is an indelible character study of a man at a crossroads wanting a different life...[from] a world filled with hatred, racism, and violence. Jamie Bell delivers what may well be the performance of his career. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
53% The Lion King (2019) Visuals aside (and they are unparalleled), the truly outstanding aspect of The Lion King is not only Hans Zimmer's score but the orchestration and arrangement of it...rich and lush... gives the film a true sense of majesty. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) Wry, dry, deadpan humor ... The Dead Don't Die is witty, wild, and weirdly fun... And while Jarmusch is typically an acquired taste, the fun and familiarity of zombie tropes makes for a tasty treat for all fans of this undying genre. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
59% Ophelia (2019) Refreshing and engaging with beauteous award-worthy production values and solid performances led by Daisy Ridley, Ophelia is a visionary reimagination for our times. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
85% Pavarotti (2019) Leave it to Ron Howard to craft a portrait of Luciano Pavarotti that is as exquisitely told and emotionally beauteous as Pavarotti's own voice. Pavarotti is, in a word, Bellisimo! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
38% Immortals (2011) Immortals is not just a high-octane, explosively visceral fantasy blending elements of ancient history with Greek mythology. It comes together under a single vision celebrating Tarsem Singh's renowned visual palette and styling. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
90% The Souvenir (2019) [An] emotionally charged visual memoir through time, catapulting us into the emotional fray of a woman trying to discover (or invent) herself and her passions. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
32% The Intruder (2019) In true Hitchcockian style, the monsters here are more frightening than ever thanks to an award-worthy, insanely brilliant performance by Dennis Quaid. . . a film 'Taylor-made' to be seen with an audience always ready for a good scream and a good scare. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
80% Scary Stories (2019) [An] insightful, fascinating, and entertaining documentary, Scary Stories is a 'must see' for the horror fan and fans of the 'Scary Stories' books! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
100% Princess of the Row (2019) Led by a breakout performance from Taylor Buck, Princess of the Row shines a unique light on homelessness, mental illness, PTSD, veterans affairs, poverty, foster care. . .Our eyes, and our hearts, are opened to the humanity of the less fortunate. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) In true Hitchcockian fashion, Everybody Knows is an absorbing film filled with twists and turns and the mesmerizing ambiguity of "who dunnit". - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
85% The Hole in the Ground (2019) A refreshing take on the psychological horror genre, subverting genre tropes to deliver a nail-biting, seat-jumping jaunt with a story that mines the relationship of self-doubt, leading to revelations about the truth of oneself and strength of character. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) [Rob]Marshall doesn't rely on the past to carry the film and thanks to vibrant performances and musical numbers sets his own standard of storytelling excellence. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2018
63% Bird Box (2018) Screenwriter Eric Heisserer and director Susanne Bier deliver a tension-building thriller that bodes not only one of the most exquisite cinematic payoffs but one of the most powerful emotional journeys of a single character to come along in many a day. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Sumptuous in both visual and historical texture and context while delivering a telling character study. . .MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS is glorious and epic in its scope while captivating with intricate emotional nuances of each woman. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2018
63% Outlaw King (2018) Be Robert the Bruce an outlaw or a king, OUTLAW KING is a grand and glorious telling. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
86% Blood Stripe (2017) An emotionally intense film. . . A strong and well crafted, yet nuanced script, the tacit commentary on PTSD and the lack of proper services and assistance to returning soldiers speaks sensitively and loudly. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
34% American Assassin (2017) Intense! Engrossing! Enthralling! Riveting! Edge of your seat intrigue! This is the stuff from which spy movies and action thrillers are made! What a ride! AMERICAN ASSASSIN is non-stop heart-pounding exhilaration and suspense! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
89% In Search of Fellini (2017) Much like a Fellini film, we see humanity and life under unique lenses which just strengthen our own individual journeys and examinations of our own human condition and the idea of daring to dream. MAGNIFICO! BELLISIMO! MAGICO! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
68% Breathe (2017) BREATHE makes you want to do more than just breathe. It makes you want to live. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
57% LBJ (2017) LBJ is an eye-opening and sensitive look at a man who looked everyone in the eye and fought with conviction and respect to bring a nation together during one of its darkest moments. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
33% Destined (2017) Examining the cause and effect of a moment in time, the path not taken or road less traveled, and/or even the idea of a parallel universe, and above all, free will and choice, Qasim Basir delivers DESTINED, one of the most powerful films of the year . . . - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
63% Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) This is the stuff of which tears, tissues, and awards are made . . . and willy nilly silly old bears. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
82% Molly's Game (2018) What a riveting - and fun - film! A cinematic royal flush! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
79% All the Money in the World (2017) The problem with ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD comes with the editing. Although serviceable, we essentially have three stories, but the connective tissue is missing to make it feel cohesive, with pacing and fluidity failing to ratchet up any tension. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
97% Free Solo (2018) It's impossible not to be riveted and spellbound by the beauty of man versus Mother Nature. . .and himself. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) With the prowess and stealth of a jungle cat, BLACK PANTHER pounces into the Marvel canon with exhilarating, action-packed, edge of your seat excitement and entertainment! - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) With THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, Johannes Roberts delivers an edge-of-your-seat, tension-filled experience. . .Bailee Madison's performance is rich with maturity, depth, and nail-biting intensity. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
61% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Employing the "Screenlife" cinematic language, UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB is in more than capable hands with writer and first-time feature director Stephen Susco as he delivers a truly terrifying moviegoing experience. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
29% Shock and Awe (2018) SHOCK AND AWE is an absolute"Must See"! In this day and age of "fake news" hysteria generated by our political leaders, SHOCK AND AWE is the shot in the arm that legitimate journalists need, not to mention what the public needs to see. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
23% Mile 22 (2018) At the top of the directorial ladder with his patented "combat cinema" stylization, with MILE 22 Peter Berg delivers a film that is entertaining when it comes to action, but unfortunately, falls short with character development and substantive story. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2018
61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is THE cinematic experience of the year! A fully sensory explosion of movies and music and mastery. Rami Malek is transcendent and beyond Oscar-worthy. And if an Oscar were to be given for casting, hand it to Susie Figgis now. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
87% Upgrade (2018) Can we just say it? Whannell WOWS! UPGRADE is a mind-blowing cinematic experience, not only as a high-polish visual stunner with lush production design, but with a story that is conceptually exciting and fascinating. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
73% Christopher Robin (2018) Pure Enchantment! A Magical Delight! Sweeter than "Hunny"! This is the stuff of which memories and magic are made. This is the Force of Winnie the Pooh and CHRISTOPHER ROBIN. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
87% Colette (2018) In the hands of director Wash Westmoreland and Keira Knightley, COLETTE comes to life. She is a vibrant force that goes beyond the cinematic canvas and thanks to a light touch makes Colette's story all the more appealing, welcoming, and resonant. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
100% Davi's Way (2018) Technically polished with beautiful cinematography and brisk editing, DAVI'S WAY spans the course of a year with the planning of "The Event", the backdrop for the story that is really being told; that of Robert Davi, the singer. - Behind The Lens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018