Deborah Young

Deborah Young
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T-Meter Title | Year
100% Belle: Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime (2021) Ludvig Forssell and Yuta Bando's music binds the scenes together, swelling in a series of emotional crescendos that are Hosoda's trademark. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
73% Casablanca Beats (2021) Ayouch gets it right in Casablanca Beats, communicating the creative excitement of hip-hop from the Moroccan ghetto, where a dedicated former rapper teaches it with cool, focused passion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
100% In Front of Your Face (2021) Typical of Hong's work, the laid-back anti-storytelling lets daily life flow slowly by without incident, until a revelatory twist in the last act gives the film its meaning. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2021
100% A Hero (2021) A very fine film about honesty, honor and the price of freedom. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
30% Three Floors (Tre piani) (2021) One feels the lack of an underlying original idea that makes the director's work so quirky and identifiable, and that also goes for the missing element of ironic-iconic humor that has been slowly disappearing from his films. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
No Score Yet Botox (2020) The film works best as an off-key mood piece whose moments of violence are sweetened with the wry humor and sophisticated p.o.v. of Mazaheri and Sepinood Najian's screenplay. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
No Score Yet The Father Who Moves Mountains (Tata mută munții) (2021) An adventure film with its heart in the modern tradition of Romanian film drama, it should appeal to a larger audience than pure art house fans. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
No Score Yet Wuhan! Wuhan! (2020) Without sensationalism, Wuhan Wuhan makes its quiet mark through its natural approach to a culture where people appear not to rebel against the strict government lockdown. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
80% Cliff Walkers (2021) [A] visually entrancing parade of attractive actors in a pleasingly fluid spy-counterspy dance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
71% Liar's Dice (2013) Not always convincing, the tale sails along on the coattails of two fine actors, Geetanjali Thapa and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who hold things together through various shifts in tone. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
87% Bhaji On the Beach (1995) At times the hypocritical old ladies are a little too easy a target for Chadha's irony, but their Technicolor fantasies about Indian romance, or about the loose morals of the younger women, strike a note of high hilarity. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
87% Ballad of a White Cow (2021) A slightly contrived, but still affecting, drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
100% Fabian: Going to the Dogs (2021) Graf has spent most of his long career as a director of TV series and movies, and much of the staging lacks great originality. But this is made up for, in part, by the striking way the story of Jakob and his friends is told... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
67% Natural Light (2021) A long, slow march toward atrocity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
82% Memory Box (2021) A warm, dense tale about women. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
100% Hive (2021) Hive builds a strong storyline around the self-reliance and determination of an uneducated country woman, played with glammed-down but riveting cool by a granite-faced Yllka Gashi. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
89% President (2021) President exudes a passion for politics that corrals viewers into the relatively uncharted political territory of Africa. Yet it is an environment that will feel oddly familiar to election junkies... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
96% Jallikattu (2019) Amorphous violence explodes in a darkly unsettling tale. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
100% Lost Course (2021) Engrossing, revealing and bittersweet. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
81% Funny Boy (2020) Vividly drawn characters portrayed by a lively, likable cast in a seductive tropical atmosphere make this a welcome return of Toronto-based Mehta to filming her native Indian subcontinent. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2020
57% The Real Thing (2021) Tsuji and his circle never let us forget their origins in comics and TV, always a bit on the side of stereotypes and stock characters, who are practically impossible to care about in any real sense. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
No Score Yet No Choice (Majbourim) (2020) An engrossing, well-made and well-acted human rights drama cum legal procedural set in the world of Tehran's homeless population. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
No Score Yet Titi (2020) Fresh moments amid the conventions. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
No Score Yet Fan Girl (2020) A bold look at fandom rings true. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2020
No Score Yet The Painting of Evil (2020) An original exploration into the roots of artistic inspiration, the drama is surprisingly engrossing, despite its abstract premise. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
No Score Yet Along the Sea (Umibe no Kanojotachi) (2020) An austere and affecting glimpse into the migrant experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
No Score Yet Home (2020) A small situational drama makes contact through the acting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
90% True Mothers (Asa ga kuru) (2020) Sensitive throughout, heart-wrenching only in part. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2020
No Score Yet My Name is Francesco Totti (Mi Chiamo Francesco Totti) (2020) The subject is such a natural charmer and his athletic feats so reliable that the film is a relaxing watch, even for those who don't flash the team's yellow and red colors. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
94% A Sun (2019) An engrossing stunner. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
70% In Between Dying (2020) It's beautiful to look at, but the story of a young man on the run who encounters death at every turn of the winding road doesn't really make much sense even in metaphorical terms. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
100% Le Sorelle Macaluso (2020) From 7 to 70, the ensemble cast is convincing even in the moments of high drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
82% And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt) (2020) Viewers... are likely to find the ideological confusion contagious and the romance pretty trite. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
100% Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma) (2020) An absorbing, exotic, well-paced thriller with moments of disconcerting realism and horror. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
No Score Yet Laila in Haifa (2020) Chasing down clues to the characters' cultural identities may not be the point of the film, but it does supply some welcome relief from trying to make sense of the dialogue, which tends to be written as a sequence of passionately delivered non-sequiturs. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
82% Notturno (2021) Like all the director's films, it's a mood piece that still retains a strong element of social and political criticism. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
94% Never Gonna Snow Again (2021) With each new film, the ranking Polish filmmaker Szumowska seems to be breaking new ground with off-beat stories that challenge the audience to find a door into them. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
57% Padrenostro (2020) A little bit like finding an eyewitness to history and then describing everything he feels but not much about the event itself, it leaves the viewer with a sense that something very important has been left out. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
95% Dear Comrades! (2021) An important reminder of a Soviet horror swept under the rug. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
95% Sun Children (Khorshid) (2021) Majid Majidi has made some of the most visually stunning and emotionally stirring films in world cinema about the plight of under-privileged, exploited and abused young people, and Sun Children (Khorshid) is one of his very best. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
No Score Yet Sportin' Life (2020) An impressionistic self-portrait treads between art and death. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
40% Miss Marx (2020) A film that seems like tidbits from a promising life that ultimately leads nowhere. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
34% Mainstream (2021) It's a messy, childish scrawl of a film, but it is high on energy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% The Duke (2021) Clever from the title on down. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
72% Night in Paradise (2020) Night in Paradise contains a lot of good plotting, several amusing characters and a decent array of exciting action scenes and bloodshed. But it is indulgently long, even within scenes... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) A terrifically harrowing historical film that's impossible to forget. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
92% Final Account (2021) A sobering round-up of voices from the Third Reich. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
67% Lacci (2020) Quality Italian drama of yesteryear. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
98% Sweat (2020) In her first leading role, Kolesnik is as irresistible as an energy bar, exploring the Insta-queen's shallow depths with cunning sincerity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
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