Deborah Krieger

Deborah Krieger
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Deborah Krieger is an arts and culture writer with bylines in BUST Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, Artillery Magazine, the Awl, the Mary Sue, and numerous other publications. She is the curatorial assistant at the Delaware Art Museum and was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Vienna, Austria, from 2016-17.

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
87% Nancy (2018) Riseborough, so appealing in Battle of the Sexes and amusingly histrionic in The Death of Stalin, is astonishing in the lead role. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
85% A Boy Called Sailboat (2018) A Boy Called Sailboat is an astonishingly assured debut narrative film, managing to be heartwarming but not overly cloying, visually striking without seeming like a formal exercise, thoughtful but probably not too complicated for kids to understand. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
94% Social Animals (2018) Social Animals focuses exclusively on how American teenagers use Instagram, almost serving as a fact-based mirror of Bo Burnham's gentle, wickedly honest Eighth Grade . - Filthy Dreams EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
62% The New Romantic (2018) The New Romantic (the debut feature of writer-director Carly Stone) is too slight, both in terms of theme and general characterization, to match up to Barden's performance (which will probably not get the attention it deserves). - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
100% The Waldheim Waltz (2018) The Waldheim Waltz functions as both an invaluable look at a protest movement fighting against a right-wing political insurgency, and also a call to action, creating a sense of righteous fury and a desire to prevent another Waldheim affair. - Jewish Currents EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2018
72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) I just wish that the movie had taken a more unconventional approach to the story of this still-unconventional woman. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2018
93% The American Meme (2018) Unpacks and reveals the ecosystem of social media celebrity with incredible thoughtfulness. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
90% Maria By Callas (2018) It's a movie that is perhaps best watched with a biography of Callas open on your lap, or with the Wikipedia entry on her life open in a separate window. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
No Score Yet Brand New Old Love (2018) While Brand New Old Love is ostensibly a romantic comedy about two friends who fulfill their high-school pledge to marry each other by age thirty, it's also an honest, unglamorous exploration of what it means to be an adult in the 2010s. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
96% Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018) Calling the film "postmodern" would be a good way to summarize how unforgivingly the film is dedicated to tearing down the aura of the modernist Great Man of Art and Culture that has come to define so many (male) artists and auteurs. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
48% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) Despite the beauty of the imagery, The Song of Sway Lake is a film that conflates that artsy, impressionistic cinematography with profoundly deep and emotional storytelling, as if one can turn the correlation into a kind of causation. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
71% Paper Year (2018) Jogia and Hewson are entirely believable in capturing and portraying deep affection and adoration for one another, which makes it all the more affecting when their relationship breaks down. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet Hinda and her Sisterrrz (2018) Who wouldn't want to be a part of Avery's coterie of smiling, brightly-dressed army of (often elderly) Jewish ladies standing against Nazis and winning? - Jewish Currents EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
87% Colette (2018) A more conventional biopic would try to tell the whole story of the life of the writer born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, rushing through her exciting and scandalous life until we get Knightley slathered in old-age makeup, Going For That Oscar. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
50% Now You See Me (2013) However, the film sacrifices true depth of characterization of its leads in its quest to be purely entertaining, and the film suffers as a result. We are left rooting for-and against-a series of charming façades. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) Joss Whedon's stab at the material is absolutely worthy, featuring some stellar performances and providing satisfying levels of depth through its direction that the dialogue alone does not convey. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
28% Jobs (2013) This dichotomy between what the film insists is Jobs at his best, and what we the audience see as Jobs at his arguable worst undermines the overall message and what we are supposed to take away from the movie. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
55% The Conspirator (2011) Although the "guilty" verdict is already a foregone conclusion, under the sure, steady direction of Robert Redford[...]the film builds suspense and allows the watcher to hope against hope that somehow the verdict will return as "not guilty". - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
95% The LEGO Movie (2014) Clearly having fun with the low expectations garnered by the idea of a full-length film devoted to schilling for a toy, the film's directors have nonetheless created a solidly enjoyable and often hilarious 100 minutes of entertainment. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
100% Thin (2006) What I found interesting while watching the film is that no attention is paid to aspects of aspects of society, especially in the United States, that could very well have played a part in these women and girl developing such severe eating disorders. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
42% Divergent (2014) Divergent is one of the few film adaptations that improves upon its source material. That's not to say that Divergent is a great film, but it's definitely a solid, often thrilling adaptation of a weakly written book. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
85% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Needless to say-much to my surprise-I found myself truly enjoying Star Trek Beyond, despite its faults, even more than the original 2009 reboot. - I on the Arts EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
3/10 85% The Wife (2018) Yet despite the confoundingly warm reception and exaggerated Oscar buzz for Close's performance as an archetype that many women can undoubtedly relate to, The Wife fails on nearly every level as a movie. - PopMatters EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
91% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women belongs to the four women at its core. - Bitch Flicks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
66% Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018) Despite an honest, tender lead performance from Shannon Purser, too many elements of Sierra Burgess leave such an unpleasant taste in the mouth. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2018
55% The Bookshop (2018) And so I have to wonder: in a world with basically unlimited entertainment options, with multiple projects in every conceivable genre, who is The Bookshop even for? - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
96% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) The energetic, game cast and smart writing that makes To All the Boys I've Loved Before one of the best romantic comedies in years, and the strongest outing in the genre released by Netflix thus far. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
65% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2018) What Mott's A Midsummer Night's Dream does best is flesh out certain elements of the story in purely visual terms, using the specificity of the medium of film to do what can't really be done on stage. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
No Score Yet The Bloom of Yesterday (Die Blumen von gestern) (2016) Adèle Haenel's performance as Zazie is a tour de force... Zazie is complex and, at times, opaque enough that following her rather than Toto would have provided an overall richer experience. - The Forward EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
94% Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) (2018) While the performances in Custody are all strong, relative newcomer Thomas Gioria runs away with the movie. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
80% Love, Cecil (2018) There are hints of brilliance in how the documentary is constructed... It's unfortunate that the way Love, Cecil is paced, then, means that it's easy for your mind to wander. - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
57% Hotel Artemis (2018) Hotel Artemis is incredibly assured and aware of what it wants to do. The atmosphere of suspense and intrigue it creates... is vivid and rich in detail, - Moviejawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
85% Loving Vincent (2017) Loving Vincent is no mere aesthetic experience; instead, it is a poignant journey into the lives that Vincent Van Gogh touched... - Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
85% The Square (2017) The Square uses both comedic and dramatic elements to illustrate the ways we, and our various creations and institutions, fail one another. - Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
95% Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) This documentary of actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr is engaging and poignant, expanding the view (and our understanding) of the famously beautiful Hollywood star. - The Forward EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
71% Humor Me (2018) Ultimately, the lightness and sincerity brought to Humor Me makes it worth catching. - The Forward EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet The Testament (2017) The success of the The Testament rests on Ori's performance as Yoel, and in many cases, it works splendidly. - The Forward EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
No Score Yet Cloudy Sunday (Ouzeri Tsitsanis) (2015) A powerful, melancholy text that has important implications for contemporary struggles. - The Forward EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2018
97% 1971 (2015) The film is entertaining; there are many small moments of humor to be found in the tense situations, and audiences are satisfied to see the FBI's activities exposed for what they were. - The Stake (Minnesota) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
86% Steve Jobs (2015) You will be delighted by the first act, as I was, and then have to sigh gently as you are let down by the weaknesses of the following two segments of the film. - The Stake (Minnesota) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
88% The Lobster (2016) Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed as well as co-wrote the script with Efthymis Filippou, wisely has chosen to really make the film hit home in a way that seems all too possible by setting it in a world virtually indistinguishable... from the one we live in. - The Stake (Minnesota) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2018
32% Zoe (2018) Details are drowned in the tortured love story, which does McGregor, a normally incredibly appealing and captivating actor, precisely zero favors. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
92% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Offerman is strong in his role, and Kiersey Clemons is a star in the making, if not already. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
100% Seeing Allred (2018) The most striking parts of the movie depict Allred's impeccable, downright admirable composure in every combative situation in which she finds herself-and, as Seeing Allred makes clear, there have been many. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
100% My Happy Family (Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi) (2017) Ia Shughliashvili's performance as Manana is wonderfully understated - the kind of performance that doesn't feel like active performing at all. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
62% Maya Dardel (2017) Perhaps it's not the most exciting or invigorating film, but as a thesis statement, it's certainly worthwhile. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2018
96% The Florida Project (2017) The Florida Project is ultimately a beautiful, rough portrait of childhood set against the backdrop of the remains of the dreams of adults, which, like so many Florida oranges, have become overripe and rotten. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
86% Professor Marston & The Wonder Women (2017) If anything, Professor Marston demonstrates the need for more portrayals of a diverse range of relationships and romances, because then the stories we tell will be as unconventional and original as each relationship we tell them about. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2017
97% Columbus (2017) Aside from Wes Anderson movies (most notably The Grand Budapest Hotel), I'd never seen a movie that took such care in composing each and every shot... - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2017
No Score Yet Almost Adults (2016) Almost Adults is a clear labor of love and prompts some genuine laugh-out-loud moments, even if the momentum disappears in the second half of the narrative. - Bust Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017