Deborah Young

Deborah Young
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T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Alifu, the Prince/ss (2017) Barely a scene is developed fully enough to make a dramatic point, and the jumpy cutting quickly gets on the nerves. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
77% Essential Killing (2010) Vincent Gallo, who says not a single word in the film, invests the main character with deep-seated desperation in a performance that will win kudos. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
90% Guilty (Talvar) (2015) Tech work is high-quality and atmospheric throughout. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2020
No Score Yet Los conductos (2020) A challenging look at social disintegration gets under the skin. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
No Score Yet Blizzard of Souls (The Rifleman) (Dveselu putenis) (2019) Dreibergs, known up to now for his sports documentaries, directs with a great deal of male force and gusto. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2020
100% Anne at 13,000 ft (2020) This delicate character study is constructed with engrossing naturalism in a film that cares less about telling a story than following nuances of mood. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
No Score Yet The Shepherdess and the Seven Songs (Laila aur satt geet) (2020) A resonant, haunting story about Kashmir. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2020
No Score Yet Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers (2020) Schlocky good fun earned with high production values. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2020
20% Berlin Alexanderplatz (2020) A heavy-handed re-imagining. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% There Is No Evil (Sheytan vojud nadarad) (2020) One fine episode is worth the price of admission. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Days (Rizi) (2020) A minimalist brain massage. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
100% Charlatan (2020) A rich psychological puzzle about a compromised political survivor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
38% The Roads Not Taken (2020) A strong cast keeps the familiar father-daughter dynamics afloat. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2020
100% Last and First Men (2020) A visionary work about the final days of humankind that stretches the audience's ability to imagine not only an immense time frame reaching over billions of years, but huge steps in human evolution. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
No Score Yet Bad Tales (Favolacce) (2020) An explosion of droll talent in one wild, impressionistic ride. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
100% Kill It and Leave This Town (Zabij to i wyjedz z tego miasta) (2020) Although the story is not easy to follow, the anger behind it is so virulent that it sweeps the narrative along on a wave of rage and repulsion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
70% Siberia (2020) Provocative as always and largely perplexing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
No Score Yet Black Milk (Schwarze Milch) (2020) Warm and intriguing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2020
73% Time to Hunt (2020) A tour-de-force exercise in non-stop tension. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
63% Hidden Away (Volevo nascondermi) (2020) It may well be the definitive biopic of Antonio Ligabue, Italy's celebrated Naïve painter and sculptor, whose unfortunate story comes roaring to life. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
61% Minamata (2020) Director Andrew Levitas and his co-screenwriters dramatize a riveting story using a mass of groan-worthy genre clichés that ill-serve the truth they are trying to recreate. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
71% Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020) Through the mature, sensitive eyes of three writers, who are affectionately connected to these everyday people, we see the profound and generally positive changes that have been wrought in the country since the 1940's. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
73% The Intruder (El prófugo) (2020) The spirit of the film is one of mischievous fun, and the story's refusal to take itself seriously wins a regular laugh. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
90% Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness (2020) A clever, suspenseful exposé of Sharia law. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
No Score Yet Baghdad in My Shadow (2019) Cultural politics ignite in a jumpy art house thriller. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
No Score Yet Between Heaven and Earth (2019) Young actors Mouna Hawa (as Salma) and Firas Nassar (as Tamer) are confident and sure-footed in depicting their ever-evolving relationship, which keeps the audience on their side - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2020
80% The Mountains Are a Dream That Call to Me (2020) This first feature by New York-based filmmaker Cheung-Lau is certainly evocative, but it's difficult to say of what. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
No Score Yet Vivos (2020) A more disciplined screenplay and running time could certainly have made the material more compelling and less repetitive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
100% The New Year Parade (2009) It blends in with the use of handheld camera and extremely naturalistic dialog culled from hours of taping the non-pro cast. The labor pays off in a strong sense of realism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2020
100% Bellbird (2019) Bellbird has something special to offer. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2020
No Score Yet Homecoming (2019) An allegorical marriage story from Indonesia leaves too much unsaid. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
No Score Yet La Dea Fortuna (2019) A scattershot story with warm, redeeming moments. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
100% Better Days (2019) Though not very subtle in presenting its thesis, the story is generally suspenseful and well-told by young HK actor and director Tsang. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2019
75% Pinocchio (2019) Matteo Garrone's new Pinocchio brings genuine emotion to one of the most ambitious film adaptations to date of Carlo Collodi's 1883 kid classic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2019
No Score Yet Willow (2019) Love, trust and the longing for maternity make an involving triptych. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
No Score Yet Finding Farideh (2019) A gentle, straightforward story filled with emotion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2019
92% Buoyancy (2019) A harrowing edge-of-your-seat adventure tale with social punch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019
No Score Yet I'm Livin' It (2019) Kwok draws a convincing end to Bowen's woes, getting the tone just right. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
No Score Yet A Sun (Yang Guang Pu Zhao) (2019) An engrossing stunner. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2019
No Score Yet Killed My Wife (Anaereul Jukyessda) (2019) The classic prove-my-innocence whodunit with realistic impulses. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Tezuka's Barbara (2019) An exceedingly bizarre love story that is too distanced to be moving, but still has its visual and other pleasures. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Labyrinth of Cinema (2019) The full force of Obayashi's preference for the experimental makes itself felt. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
No Score Yet Last Headhunters of the Nagas (2019) What distinguishes the doc from similarly titled Discovery and National Geographic ethnographic studies is its general effacement of the filmmaker from the film. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet A Beloved Wife (2019) There's something courageous about this comic analysis of a young couple who make each other's life miserable, not least the fact that it's based on the writer-director's autobiographical novel. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2019
No Score Yet Roam Rome Mein (2019) A crowd-pleasing fantasy with a feminist punch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet The 47 Ronin in Debt (Kessan! Chushingura) (2019) Though samurai comedies are rare, they are also hard to pull off, and the present Edo period film by Yoshihiro Nakamura is no exception. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet Tora-san, Wish You Were Here (2019) Given all its historical baggage, Tora-san, Wish You Were Here is surprisingly pleasurable to watch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
No Score Yet Invitation (Nimtoh) (2019) A quiet, original take on life in rural India. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
No Score Yet The Wayfarers (Raahgir) (2019) A slow starter turns into something deeply moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
100% Eeb Allay Ooo! (2019) An original social farce where men become the monkeys. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019