Deborah Young

Deborah Young
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Trees Under the Sun (2019) A man's life as product of nature and society. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
No Score Yet Pacarrete (2019) It is a film that bears watching to the end, if nothing else for Cartaxo's extraordinary ability to be fascinating and liberating, whatever her state of mind. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet The Return (Fu Xiang Xin) (2019) The unique relationship between Jiang and Jen is at the heart of the film, and the two fine actors add realism to it, yet one waits in vain for their emotions to touch the audience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Beautiful Voyage (2019) It will take a dedicated fan of romance novels to succumb to the schmaltz of Beautiful Voyage, a step back for director Zhang Jiarui. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
No Score Yet Sunset Over Mulholland Drive (2019) Taken on its own limited terms the film is a passably pleasant affair, primarily of interest as a chance to spend some quality time with folks that anyone would love to have as a grandparent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
40% Tlamess (2019) Existential thoughts from kindergarten. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2019
No Score Yet The Passion of Anna Magnani (2019) A tantalizing taste of Italy's greatest actress. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
No Score Yet Dying to Survive (2018) Wen and his co-writers Han Jianv and Zhong Wei... use humor to sweeten the pill of tragedy, and so enroll much bigger audiences than with a straight melodrama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
No Score Yet Let It Be Law (Que Sea Ley) (2019) Beyond the choir, its cinema verité filming looks out-of-date and dulls the edge of its message considerably. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
17% Summer of Changsha (Liu yu tian) (2019) The poetic screenplay is reinforced by Dong Yingda's melancholy score with its poignant repeated motif and Jeffrey Chu's romantic lighting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
92% The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) A wily mix of genres and spoof-edged amusements keep it playful and intermittently thrilling, even though this South Korean actioner sometimes feels like it's losing its grip on a very good setup. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
100% The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des Ours en Sicile) (2019) A colorful fairy tale for children that won't keep them up at night. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
93% It Must Be Heaven (2019) Filmmaker and actor Elia Suleiman uses his own face and body to express the soul of Palestine in his films, and nowhere more so than in his droll new comedy, It Must Be Heaven. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
79% The Traitor (2019) One of the most revealing portraits of the Cosa Nostra on film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
83% Lillian (2019) An enigmatic road movie - never was a term more descriptive - that is at once a portrait of female spirit and determination and a reflection on the loneliness at the heart of America today. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
80% Adam (2019) Poignant and involving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
No Score Yet You Deserve a Love (Tu Mérites Un Amour) (2019) The camera's ironic eye on... dissatisfying mini-relationships is sometimes touching, sometimes funny, sometimes a little irritating. But overall, the takeaway is warmly human. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
No Score Yet The Cordillera of Dreams (La Cordillera de los Sueños) (2019) A mournfully intelligent, poetic documentary that once more seeks to link the vastness, grandeur and indifference of nature with the human horrors that Chileans have lived through. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Warden (2019) Mohammadzadeh gives the one-note storyline a commanding presence and a pinch of dandyish irony. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet The King of Paparazzi - The True Story (2019) This fast-moving doc and its astonishing hero should titillate period aficionados. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
No Score Yet Saturday Afternoon (Shonibar bikel) (2019) As breathless as the narrative is, Farooki's direction has an easy confidence that, amid all the camera pyrotechnics, keeps the drama in focus. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
78% Aamis (Ravening) (2019) Hazarika's screenplay generates some real psychological chills. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
No Score Yet The Unseen (2019) Graphic artist and documaker Behzad Nalbandi spent five years preparing and editing the film, a remarkably intimate portrait of five unfortunate women living in a shelter in Tehran that gets under the skin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
No Score Yet Tsunami (Sounami) (2019) The fierce competition that goes along with big league sports may be a given, but rarely has it been shown on screen as so realistically vicious and bloody as in the Iranian taekwondo drama Tsunami. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
No Score Yet When the Moon Was Full (2019) Cross-pollinating political drama, historical events, a love story and a horror movie into one edge-of-seat narrative, Narges Abyar confirms herself as one of Iran's most exciting new directing talents in When the Moon Was Full. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
No Score Yet Swear (The Oath) (Ghasam) (2019) Bizarrely intriguing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet 6.5 Toman Per Meter (Metri shish-o-nim) (2019) Just 6.5 is more than a thrilling watch. It is a sobering reflection on the inability of the law to stem the tide of drug addiction through round-ups, arrests and executions. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet Widow of Silence (2019) It packs an unsettling message of empowerment very rare in the social injustice genre. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2019
No Score Yet My Second Year in College (Sal-e Dovvom-e Danehkadeh-ye Man) (2019) Subtle shooting and a well-chosen cast that includes Ali Mosaffa are big pluses, even if the main story about a girl in a coma (will she or won't she wake up?) recalls a medical TV show. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
No Score Yet Demons (2019) Although a hallucinatory journey into the psychic well is not for everyone, those willing to dip into experimental cinema will probably hang on to the dazzling, mythical ending. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
No Score Yet A Colony (Une Colonie) (2018) A convincing young cast breathes life into an anxious age. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
No Score Yet MS Slavic 7 (2019) It's the kind of off-beat indie that will intrigue college students and younger festival-goers, who will identify with actress Deragh Campbell's single-minded, unflappable but rather emotionless heroine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
No Score Yet Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) (2019) It's a kinky, messy film that overreaches itself badly, but if nothing else, the casting is perfect. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
100% So Long, My Son (Di jiu tian chang) (2019) The story is an intimate one, yet it embraces a large cast of characters who reflect the immense changes that have swept China over the last fifty years. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
40% Idol (2019) With so much narrative uncertainty, there's no one to root for or to care about, making the confused climax an exercise in frustration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
No Score Yet The Shadow Play (2019) There's more to the art of the thriller than exciting cutting and dizzying camerawork, as evidenced in the misguided police actioner The Shadow Play. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
50% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) This tale of teenage gangs is badly in need of stronger visuals and pacing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
80% A Tale of Three Sisters (2019) Emin Alper's A Tale of Three Sisters is a unique work that deftly blends Chekhov and the Brothers Grimm. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
100% Gully Boy (2019) Zoya Akhtar directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
36% The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh) (2019) On some level Fritz's story is compulsive viewing, only you wish you weren't there. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
71% Out Stealing Horses (Ut og stjæle hester) (2019) A hugely accomplished meditation on life, guilt and responsibility. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Öndög (2019) The ultimate Chinese-Mongolian art film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet System Crasher (Systemsprenger) (2019) [A] well-made psychological drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
No Score Yet Santiago, Italia (2018) A minor addition to the work of a cult filmmaker. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
No Score Yet The Eighth Commissioner (2018) The story is light and enjoyable and its setting is a sparkling, timeless paradise. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
100% Hotel Salvation (2017) An Indian comedy full of emotional depth and understated paradox. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
94% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan looks at his country through the prism of a grim coming-of-age tale stripped of lyricism and joy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
No Score Yet Rajma Chawal (2018) A colorful, enjoyable rom com hybrid for teens. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
No Score Yet Light in the Room (Ottamuri Velicham) (2018) There is a certain imbalance in the narrative that leaves an unpleasant taste. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
No Score Yet The Flight (Urojahaj) (2018) Matching classical Indian philosophy and ambience with a European feeling for individualism and magical realism, it is a pleasant enough watch, but its target audience is a bit vague. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018