Deborah Young Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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
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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2014
49% Stalingrad (2014) Its astute use of a modern deep-focus, 3D idiom creates the engrossing immediacy of a large-scale disaster film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2014
96% The Last of the Unjust (2014) A powerful reflection on the beginning of Hitler's Final Solution is seen through the intelligent, sardonic eyes of an aged eyewitness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2014
No Score Yet The Mice Room (Odet el feran) (2013) Serious story-telling is about the only thing that unites these short stories.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2014
56% The Best Offer (2014) Geoffrey Rush brings striking depth of character to a classic Old World mystery set against the sophisticated backdrop of Europe's art auctions, with charming input from Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2014
79% Quartet (2013) Dustin Hoffman's directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2013
93% Child's Pose (2014) Sure-footed scripting and a stand-out performance by Luminita Gheorghiu freshen a potentially pat subject.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2013
71% The Motel Life (2013) Sensitive lensing and acting render an unusual story of brotherly love touching in a promising first film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2013
63% Faust (2013) Zeiler, a relatively unknown actor outside of German TV, energetically fills the main role with quick intelligence and unflagging self-confidence, which helps the viewer negotiate the dangerous ground he walks on.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2013
64% Mr. Nobody (2013) This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2013
58% Capital (2013) A serious European financial thriller is something of a novelty, and Costa-Gavras, the militant film master par excellence, shows perfect timing in his ambitious Capital, a film that lingers in the memory in spite of being rather irritating to watch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2013
65% Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013) Enjoyable enough, this colorfully local, nostalgia-tinged tale focuses on the Hong Kong years of an older, gentlemanly kung fu master.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2013
75% Enemy (2014) As hauntingly strange as it is inconclusive and frustrating, Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), is one of the more head-scratching additions to the doppelganger genre. Yet it will certainly have its fans.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
87% Like Father, Like Son (2014) Though it's packed with adorable tykes and more than a few strong scenes, even Kore-eda fans may feel a let-down with a lovely film that makes little emotional connection‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2013
86% At Berkeley (2013) A sometimes fascinating, sometimes not, four-hour visit to the Berkeley campus offers insights into what the great, sprawling public university is today.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) Stephen Frears returns to top form in a touching, at times funny true story of grave injustice and a mother's search for closure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
82% Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2014) Irresistible trashy fun in a cross-genre free-for-all.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2013
99% Wadjda (2013) The first feature ever shot in Saudi Arabia is a winner directed by a woman, Haifaa Al Mansour.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2013
88% The Wind Rises (2014) A film about the beauty of flight and the prelude to war, whose astonishing visuals shout that life is wonderful.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2013
51% The Zero Theorem (2014) Something of a roller coaster and fairly bumpy, the ride is the problem here.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2013
82% Sacro GRA (2013) A humorous, humanistic approach enlivens an inventive documentary feature about people living around Rome's ring road‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2013
56% Inch'Allah (2013) Inert Canadian-French drama attempts to explore the motivation behind a suicide bombing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2013
94% Drug War (2013) Dynamic chase film hits all the right buttons to fascinate edge-of-seat cop op addicts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2013
88% The Gardener (2013) Images and metaphors whimsicially combine in a fine, fast-flowing documentary introducing the Baha'i faith.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2013
90% Omar (2014) A strong storyline about the West Bank and its endless cycle of violence leaves interpretation up to the viewer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
91% The Great Beauty (2013) Referencing without imitating Fellini, Sorrentino offers an amusing update on Italian society at the end of a cycle.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
No Score Yet Bombay Talkies (2013) They are of varying interest, but the overall impression they leave is watching a Bollywood sampler without the song and dance, a committee project with an impressive budget but little heart.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2013
No Score Yet Ugly (2014) A grungy, dark police procedural set in motion by a little girl's kidnapping, Ugly has few discernible auteur touches to set it apart from standard genre fare.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 20, 2013
5% The Color of Time (2014) There is just about enough narrative to hold interest, while the lyrical camerawork, constantly in motion, blurred images and all, offers a single emotion that is impossible to stretch over a feature-length film. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
No Score Yet Tepenin ardi (Beyond the Hill) (2013) Finely wrought and acted psychological drama cleverly plays on the repressed violence and projections of a Turkish family on holiday.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2013
54% The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) The tense dialogue between East and Post post-9/11 is turned into a tense, often gripping duet between a young Muslim professor and American reporter.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2013
15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) With such an in-house cast of extended Coppola family sparklers, one would think things couldn't go too wrong in the comedy department, but they have little chance to oil the wheels of a creaky script written around Sheen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2013
95% War Witch (2013) The sensitively imagined story of a child soldier in Africa makes War Witch a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2013
18% My Best Enemy (2013) Strained attempt at WWII tragi-comedy isn't funny.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2013
95% The Secret World of Arrietty (2012) The fresh and simple story will win its share of young fans, though it lacks the disturbing adult elements might have attracted older audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2013
93% Amour (2012) Consummate acting helps ease a painful watch, as Michael Haneke describes the ultimate test of love in a profoundly honest study of sickness and dying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2012
36% Back to 1942 (2012) There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
81% The Impossible (2012) A tremendously realistic disaster movie has an intense emotional payoff.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2012
31% Bai she chuan shuo (The Sorcerer and the White Snake) (2013) Fantastic visuals and non-stop action make for a spectacular, romantic Chinese CGI feast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2012
71% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) Dan Algrant's lyrical recreation of a father-son relationship seen over time, through memory and music, has a sense of urgent originality that works even apart from its great Tim Buckley score.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2012
No Score Yet 3 (2012) Ward ... flounders around for an effective tone between comedy and drama in his first solo effort.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2012
No Score Yet Sueño y silencio (2012) Rosales continues his exploration of the way unexpected acts of violence brutally alter the course of human lives.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2012
95% Gangs of Wasseypur (2014) A dizzying explosion of an Indian gangster film, whose epic structure and colorful, immoral killers capture the imagination for over five hours.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2012