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Deborah Young

Deborah Young
Deborah Young's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Comment Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Starless Dreams (Royahaye dame sobh) (2017) Mehrdad Oskouei's reputation as one of Iran's finest documentary filmmakers grows film by film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2017
83% The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016) Irresistibly laugh-out-loud and feel-good. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 27, 2016
No Score Yet Museum (Myûjiamu) (2016) Compared to some of the trashy Japanese slasher fare that passes as entertainment, Museum stands hair on edge without resorting to tons of fake blood or gruesomely realistic offenses to the body. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 7, 2016
95% Seasons (Les saisons) (2016) The film's strong point is the unquestionable beauty of the imagery, filmed over a four-year period in the national parks and animal reserves of Poland, Romania, Norway, Holland and Scotland. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 18, 2016
No Score Yet Land of the Little People (2016) Using just the right, understated dose of symbolism, the film takes on an especially frightening quality like in a fairy tale whose monster is invisible and invincible. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 4, 2016
97% Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2016) First-rate Japanese anime is a taste that anyone can acquire in the time it takes to watch a film like this, and it should confirm Shinkai's reputation to genre-lovers around the world, who know his poetry-inspired The Garden of Words. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 2, 2016
80% Bilal: A New Breed of Hero (2016) Bilal is a grand-scale, fast-paced animated adaptation that is both empowering and inspiring in its call for social justice and equality. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Ambience also plays a major role, and Akiko Ashizawa's lighting keeps a cloud of gloom hanging over every shot. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2016
100% Wednesday, May 9 (Chaharshanbeh, 19 Ordibehesht) (2015) The humanism of the finest Iranian cinema shines through the clouds of sadness in Wednesday, May 9. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2016
92% Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience (2016) After all the comparisons have been made, this is a magnificent documentary that is going to set the benchmark for history-of-the-universe films in the years to come. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 28, 2016
96% I Am Not Your Negro (2017) A stirring, stinging memorial. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 20, 2016
No Score Yet Tommaso (2016) Smacks of Nanni Moretti territory but doesn't go far enough in its self-analysis and frankly, isn't very funny or incisive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2016
64% LBJ (2016) Absorbing if conventional. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2016
81% Denial (2016) A compelling, true courtroom drama touches on the lingering pain of the Holocaust. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
89% A United Kingdom (2017) A rousing true love story brings African history to life. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2016
88% I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016) Like the fighter she plays, Fan Bingbing holds her own against a big all-male cast who are all against her, and shows off her gifts as a comedienne in a surprisingly low-key role. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2016
62% Voyage of Time: Life's Journey (2016) A uniquely vivid work. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016
No Score Yet Piuma (2016) Johnson's screenplay is smooth, fast-paced and persuasive. The protagonists are particularly well-cast. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2016
69% The Wedding Plan (2016) An independent female protag energizes a charming return to the world of Israel's Orthodox Hasidic Jews. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 5, 2016
No Score Yet Auf Safari (2016) Safari is a relatively simple, straightforward and presumably unstaged documentary, but it leaves the audience deeply shaken. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016
83% The Bleeder (2016) Unpretentious but gently affecting ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016
89% The Childhood of a Leader (2016) This first feature by 27-year-old American director Brady Corbet combines a fine Euro cast, grandiose art direction and a thundering score by Scott Walker, but the result is an embarrassing hodgepodge that's very hard to follow. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 18, 2016
43% Cold War 2 (2016) A tepid rehash of inter-police wars complicated by obscure behind-the-scenes political machinations. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2016
40% Salt and Fire (2016) Too much salt, too little pepper in a silly eco fantasy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 14, 2016
15% Caught in the Web (2013) In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 8, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing is long and involving, permeated by a tense, sickening sense of foreboding, yet finally registers on a slightly lower key than the director's acclaimed genre films The Chaser and The Yellow Sea. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016
87% The President (2016) Many scenes seem designed to illustrate platitudes, at the expense of the narrative. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016
No Score Yet Inversion (Varoonegi) (2016) The smog that envelopes the teeming metropolis of Tehran, graying out tall buildings and infecting people's lungs, becomes an ominous sign of the times in veteran director Behnam Behzadi's penetrating drama Inversion. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2016
100% Risk (2016) An insightful portrait. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016
100% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2016) A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) Colorful, corny, unstructured and occasionally magical. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016
No Score Yet Fiore (2016) The luminous presence of newcomer Daphne Scoccia holds the film together, though her teen rebel from an underprivileged background looks pretty traditional as far as characters go. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2016
100% Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016) The story could have turned into one huge cliché, and there are genre elements that are numbingly familiar, was it not for the exceptionally scary performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of the villainous, demented serial killer Ramanna. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2016) While the first hour slyly builds up the illusions of a man and his wife using the stranger as a catalyst for their weaknesses, in the second half their guilt and lies come home to roost with a shock. It's hard not to leave the film shaken. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
14% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2016) This smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) All the best things about Asian cinema, rolled into one. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
100% Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016) Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey that can be almost as painful to follow vicariously from a theater seat as it must have been on the pilgrims. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016
43% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Bellocchio stages a gentle, eminently watchable return to some of the key themes that have haunted his 50 years of filmmaking, particularly the scarring left by a dysfunctional family and maternal love gone awry. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2016
75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) The dialogue is affectedly scarce, too scarce to sustain and deepen the story psychologically. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 19, 2016
85% Francofonia (2016) The subject of Francofonia is art as the spoils of war... Making the barest hint about the destruction of historic artworks in Syria at the hands of ISIS, Sokurov gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The SFX are convincingly terrifying and involving. The cast is headlined by two of Norway's leading actors, who give the characters unusual depth for a genre film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 29, 2016
No Score Yet A Strange Course Of Events (2016) A Strange Course of Events... is anything but strange and eventful. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2016
93% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 22, 2016
82% A Quiet Passion (2017) The film can't escape an underlying static quality that extinguishes the flame before it can get burning. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 15, 2016
80% Mr. Six (Lao Pao Er) (2015) Where Guan excels is in straight dramatization, like the moving, beautifully acted reconciliation in a restaurant between gruff father and impatient son. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2015
40% The Games Maker (2014) A fine new addition to the library of imaginative children's film fantasy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) Bjorkman leaves behind the image of a uniquely strong, independent woman whose relaxed modernity was way ahead of its time. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 11, 2015
83% In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015) Make of it what you will, this off-the-wall film essay entertains hugely while it makes the audience squirm in their seats. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet Killa (2014) It's the simplest story imaginable but the director's grasp of child psychology grippingly depicts the boy's anxiety and feeling of being different, while his sensitive cinematic language sets these in the wider context of a coming of age story. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 19, 2015
28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) The starry cast convinces amid much melodrama. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 16, 2015