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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Longing (2018) The film's viewpoint is frank and a little eccentric, and each scene is designed to lead to a narrative surprise. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2018
95% Himizu (2013) Himizu is still not an easy film to like, but the topicality of its message about national pain and rebuilding could attract some offshore sales following its Venice and Toronto debuts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Fourth Direction (Chauthi Koot) (2016) One gets the feeling that the script may have been through too many project development workshops, which have left it toothless and emasculated and a bit puzzling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
No Score Yet Suleiman Mountain (2017) Stishova makes an impressive directing debut with this unusual story, which involves a man on the fringes of society driving around the country in a camper with two wives and a long-lost son.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
50% Crosscurrent (Chang jiang tu) (2016) Crosscurrent seems to address a youthful audience searching for its path in life. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
No Score Yet The Road Not Taken (2017) In its best moments, this off-beat road movie has a sly, dry humor and an ability to shift between different registers, allowing the predominant comedy to end on a melancholy but satisfying note of self-sacrifice.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
No Score Yet Ala Changso (2018) Sonthar Gyal makes sensitive use of Tibet's great scenic beauty which D.P. Wang Weihua turns into a magical landscape of rolling green hills and snowy peaks, donkeys and tractors, and ancient customs that seem deathless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
No Score Yet Bikini Moon (2018) The film also explores the nature of truth and our perceptions of reality, capturing a feeling of cinema verite in its seemingly casual structure, gaps in the narrative, temporal leaps and rough sound and image.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
100% Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018) The storyline doesn't explore motherhood much farther than this, but the emotional resonance is powerfully evocative.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
50% Sulemani Keeda (2014) The film is still funny on its own and is worth a look for programmers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
No Score Yet Birds in Mire (Poulia Sto Valto) (2018) Without frills or staged drama, Zhang Wanlin captures a pregnant, transitional moment in Chinese society and life-styles. Editing bits and pieces of scenes together like a collage, he gives this quiet story a modern feeling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
No Score Yet Hanagatami (2017) Nearly three hours of dense story-telling roll by while a sprawling and vividly drawn cast of characters explore young love and the meaning of life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
No Score Yet Rou qing shi: Girls Always Happy (2018) It's a fine showcase for the actresses, who are convincingly complex human beings - kooky, spiteful, tender and loving.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
No Score Yet Lost, Found (2018) Two extraordinary actresses bring emotional depth to a story of universal horror: the abduction of a small child.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
70% Animal World (2018) Drawing equally from the altered-reality universes of comic books and video games, Animal World is an exciting if disjointed mash of ideas and emotions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Grand Lady of Iran (Khadije saghafi) (2018) A tiny, tantalizing glimpse into the Khomeini household.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 30, 2018
91% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) Part let's-get-it-together band saga and part road movie, the story arc is awfully familiar, but that doesn't stop it being a rollicking romp.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
No Score Yet Guy (2018) A sparkling, ironic salute to age and passing time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
69% Dogman (2018) A teeth-chattering culmination of Matteo Garrone's darkest themes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
No Score Yet Euphoria (2018) To really work onscreen, the subject of two brothers discovering each other in extremis would require a lot more honesty and simplicity than the film attempts.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet Manto (2018) Captures the spirit of the great Urdu poet and writer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
100% Three Faces (2018) Charming Iranian cinema at its purest.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Who better than Kore-eda, a director who whispers instead of shouts, is able to capture contradictions and issues though such a subtle, unforced style of storytelling?‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet Shéhérezade (2018) Gritty romantic realism in the French tradition.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
No Score Yet The The Great Mystical Circus (2016) The disjointed storytelling and barely-there characters make it hard to enjoy these tall tales or the small, nasty role played by a dastardly Vincent Cassel.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 13, 2018
100% The Spy Gone North (2018) A timely, confusing, fascinating, long-winded true story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
No Score Yet Samouni Road (2018) The final effect is devastating and yet oddly distanced, leaving the viewer with sorrow, indignation but also space for reflection on the cruelty and injustice of Israel's tactics in its war against Palestine.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
No Score Yet Sly (Marmouz) (2018) A delightful takedown of the disgraced populist leader of Iran.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
No Score Yet Hat Trick (2018) A taut four-character drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
No Score Yet Reza (2018) A delightfully modern, offbeat rom-com from Iran.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 6, 2018
No Score Yet Sheeple (2018) Well-deserving of exposure to international audiences who, however, will have to adjust their ideas about soft-spoken Iranian drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) (2018) The Iranian filmmaker's most personal and touching film to date.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
No Score Yet Them 2 (Loro 2) (2018) A well-paced satire with a sober ending, it is entertaining throughout but ultimately feels a bit toothless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
89% Titli (2014) All the technical work is top quality. Namrata Rao's editing keeps the rhythm flowing, while sound effects and music are used to great effect to pump up the mood.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
No Score Yet Them 1 (Loro 1) (2018) An amusing, abrasive take on a facile target.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
No Score Yet A Prominent Patient (Masaryk) (2016) One would think there was ample material for a fascinating pre-war thriller, or at least a new historical take on the period, but the screenplay is missing a lot of pieces and the humdrum staging looks numbingly like jazzed-up Euro TV fare.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
83% Mary Kom (2014) It's a tribute to Chopra's own grit as an actress that she overcomes trashy set-ups land, punch after punch, fills the screen with real emotion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
No Score Yet Orduckly (Ordakli) (2018) A grimly poignant look at childhood.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
No Score Yet Dressage (2018) An absorbing moral tale pits one girl against society.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
No Score Yet Garbage (2018) To non-Indians, many of the scenes will simply read as high-octane genre fare, but there is a serious target here.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
80% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2018) It is saved by its underlying theme of forgiveness and reconciliation between long-estranged family members, for whom the cruel memory of the Japanese invasion and occupation of Singapore during World War 2 is still alive.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
80% Mug (Twarz) (2018) This study in weathering adversity and adjusting to what life hands you makes some worthy points about human and institutional callousness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
43% Touch Me Not (2018) A relentlessly immersive tour de force.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
88% Museum (Museo) (2018) A cinematically exciting meeting point of the grandiose, the suspenseful and the pathetic.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
No Score Yet Yocho 'Foreboding' (2017) One can understand young Japanese audiences relating to Kurosawa's casual mixing of retro, tongue-in-cheek sci fi with a bit of coy sociology about how the traditional concepts of family and love are in the process of disappearing in contemporary society.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
60% Pig (The Pig) (2018) Although it seems almost buried in the colorful shenanigans, Pig's political message is there, and this is what the film will be chiefly remembered for.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
No Score Yet Jibril (2018) The thrills and illusions of love are first celebrated, then painfully exposed, in Jibril, Henrika Kull's thought-provoking tale centered around a dynamic, life-embracing Arab woman living in Germany.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
No Score Yet Virus Tropical (2017) This light reflection on growing up in a close-knit family of three sisters has a sensibility earmarked for teenagers, and should particularly connect to girls.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
89% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Anyone who has ever taken an acting class and witnessed the psychodramas brewed there will relate to this bubbling kettle of raw, unleashed emotions stirred up in shifting power grabs.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018
80% Dovlatov (2018) An evocative portrait of a stagnant era.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018