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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
81% Sunset Song (2016) Visually stunning and emotionally engrossing. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 15, 2015
80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) [A] universal and enjoyable story told with lively verve and a lot of imagination. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2015
27% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) nfortunately, the awkwardly titled Every Thing Will Be Fine seems more like a showcase for expressive camerawork pushing the limits of cinematography than anything else. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2015
62% This Changes Everything (2015) All this material has a hard time coming together in a natural crescendo, and no amount of vibrating violin strings can give it the emotional urgency or focus it badly needs in the closing scenes. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) At first glance the tall, gangly Patel is an odd choice to play a short, stout mathematician. Yet he captures his essential passion, dignity, and overweening conviction that his formulas are right. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015
40% Beeba Boys (2015) It feels like Mehta just wanted to have some fun with an unexplored genre. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015
78% Where to Invade Next (2016) Funny and always on-topic without going overboard, it's an engaging film that could broaden Moore's fan base. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2015
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) The film feels empty and intellectualized at the core, where it should feel powerfully emotional. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2015
80% Fly Away Solo (Masaan) (2015) Masaan, the Hindi word for crematorium, is part of the new generation of indie films whose clear intent is to set ablaze a hidebound society's constrictions on personal liberty. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 24, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) Wise beyond its years, like the teenage protag Gelsomina, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) is a wistful but no-tears swan song recounting the disappearance of traditional rural lifestyle in Italy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 23, 2015
64% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) The autobiography of Amos Oz, one of Israel's best-known writers, gives structure to Natalie Portman's sensitive if somewhat unfocused directing bow, A Tale of Love and Darkness. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2015
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) It's not the stuff of Shakespearean drama, and in fact is barely enough to squeeze a few tears out of audiences into sentimental fare. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) (2014) The attractive actors are easy to watch, though their silent, enigmatic performances deliberately withhold information from the viewer until the end. Without social interaction of any kind, they remain abstract, symbolic figures. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 3, 2015
61% Southpaw (2015) Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast - led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal - keeps the story in sharp focus. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 17, 2015
No Score Yet Torneranno I Prati (2014) An anti-war film made with devastating simplicity and painful realism. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 1, 2015
81% The Assassin (2015) Hou Hsiao-Hsien brings a pure, idiosyncratic vision to the martial arts genre. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015
64% Kai Po Che! (2013) A rollicking male-bonding picture about three buddies who open a cricket academy in India's exotic Gujarat, Brothers for Life turns extremely dark and violent in the last half hour, becoming a far more significant film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 17, 2015
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Tale of Tales combines the wildly imaginative world of kings, queens and ogres with the kind of lush production values Italian cinema was once famous for. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) One waits uneasily for the story to turn dark, but instead the film just runs out of energy in its second half. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 4, 2015
81% 1001 Grams (2015) Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 4, 2015
78% Hyena (2015) Trying to hybridize thick-ear genre material with more artistically ambitious fare, the results are too leaden for the Jason Statham crowd but insufficiently distinctive to find a more rarefied niche. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015
87% Mia Madre (2016) Good, strong, understated filmmaking is enlivened by Moretti's characteristic wry blend of drama and humor. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 16, 2015
94% 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
99% 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
66% 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
69% The Dead Lands (2015) The characters are all well-drawn and acting is tough, iconic and credible. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 31, 2015
88% 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
47% 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
96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) 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
79% 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 (2014) 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
80% 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
88% 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
64% Hungry Hearts (2015) Something is missing. Something like credibility. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
62% Jackie & Ryan (2015) 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
46% 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
38% The Face Of An Angel (2015) 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
89% 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
89% 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
24% 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
50% 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