Deborah Young

Deborah Young
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
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
No Score Yet 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
40% 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
30% 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
67% 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
85% Soni (2018) Proves the ideal vehicle to explore a wide variety of issues related to gender battles in contemporary Indian society, even while following many of the genre tropes that make police dramas so universally beloved. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
No Score Yet Buddha.mov (2017) Racy, revealing, and hilariously deadpan. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet Ma.Ama (2018) Too often important opportunities... to deepen the cast of characters is overlooked, undercutting what little drama there is in the story. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2018
No Score Yet Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence (Namdev Bhau) (2018) Small and unpretentious, but observant and ultimately moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet Bhonsle (2018) A beautifully detailed portrait of a quiet hero. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
No Score Yet Magic Nights (Notti magiche) (2018) It is often incredibly on target in singling out the absurd characters, life styles and ideas (and ideals) of those years that now seem weirdly funny. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2018
40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) It is edgy and action-packed, and Alvarez' direction keeps the tension high through a slew of ever-more-improbable threats to Lisbeth and her allies. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
No Score Yet Ether (Eter) (2018) There aren't many directors left who can impudently inject high culture into the soul of their films the way Krzysztof Zanussi can, and still deliver a gripping historical drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
No Score Yet Remember? (Ricordi?) (2018) An ambitious tour-de-force about love, time and memory. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
No Score Yet The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Chelovek, kotoryy udivil vsekh) (2018) This is one smart film about gender whose theme is capable of reaching well beyond the Rainbow Community. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
93% Village Rockstars (2017) All the kids are natural actors, but Bhanita Das is a standout in every scene. As the work-worn mother, Basanti Das embodies the refreshing lack of sentimentality that gives the film its modern attitude. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet Divine Wind (2018) A daring but unsatisfying attempt to explore the terrorist mind. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
No Score Yet Orange Days (2018) An impeccably made drama that fails to ignite. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
82% Husband Material (Manmarziyaan) (2018) A rollicking if predictable rom com, where all the expected notes are hit up to the guaranteed happy ending. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
No Score Yet Night/EXT. (2018) It's a strange mix of drama and comedy that leaves the viewer puzzled about how to respond. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
No Score Yet The Vice of Hope (Il vizio della speranza) (2018) Above-average Italian social drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
No Score Yet Unremember (Deslembro) (2018) Delicate storytelling struggles with big themes of memory and identity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
100% Baby (Bao bei er) (2018) A fast-paced emotional chiller that makes the audience consider the value of human life and the importance of championing it against a patriarchal society and indifferent health system. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
50% Vita & Virginia (2018) Button has hit on a topic that will draw in both literary and LGBTQ audiences, but it lacks the electricity to go the extra mile theatrically. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
64% The Truth About Killer Robots (2018) Addresses a topic of worldwide concern with... lively curiosity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet Bulbul Can Sing (2018) An affectionate, insightful, honest look at an ordinary young woman growing up in a male-dominated society. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
No Score Yet 1938 Different (1938 Diversi) (2018) 1938 Different (1938 Diversi) may have nothing new to add to the historical record, but it portrays the mindless war-mongering and persecution of that period with clarity and conviction. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
71% The Public (2019) The dialogue often has a stilted, unnatural ring to it, and it is a tribute to the cast that they manage to bring out the essence of the film, its political heart, so strongly. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
No Score Yet Dachra (2018) The characters are irritating, the look is cheap and the plot is reheated from other movies, but it has to be admitted that Dachra delivers its unsavory thrills. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
31% Red Joan (2019) A taut old-school thriller with a modern heroine. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
78% Loro (2019) A richly inventive, ferocious feast of satire and vulgarity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) There is much food for thought in the film, shot with the director's characteristic passion, flair, wicked sense of humor and willingness to push the envelope. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
No Score Yet A Tramway in Jerusalem (2018) These well-acted short pieces make their points in a variety of tones and Gitai is at the top of his game in the comic sketches. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018