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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
15% Caught in the Web (2013) In this fast-moving, densely plotted black dramedy, a faux scandal raised by an ambitious web TV editor comes close to destroying a number of lives, offering a masterful panorama on urban, middle class China.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) The Wailing is long and involving, permeated by a tense, sickening sense of foreboding, yet finally registers on a slightly lower key than the director's acclaimed genre films The Chaser and The Yellow Sea.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
87% The President (2016) Many scenes seem designed to illustrate platitudes, at the expense of the narrative.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 31, 2016
100% Inversion (Varoonegi) (2017) The smog that envelopes the teeming metropolis of Tehran, graying out tall buildings and infecting people's lungs, becomes an ominous sign of the times in veteran director Behnam Behzadi's penetrating drama Inversion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
82% Risk (2017) An insightful portrait.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
96% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) A classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity from Kore-eda Hirokazu.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
100% The Cinema Travellers (2016) Colorful, corny, unstructured and occasionally magical.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
No Score Yet Fiore (2016) The luminous presence of newcomer Daphne Scoccia holds the film together, though her teen rebel from an underprivileged background looks pretty traditional as far as characters go.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2016
83% Raman Raghav 2.0 (2016) The story could have turned into one huge cliché, and there are genre elements that are numbingly familiar, was it not for the exceptionally scary performance of Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of the villainous, demented serial killer Ramanna.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2016
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) While the first hour slyly builds up the illusions of a man and his wife using the stranger as a catalyst for their weaknesses, in the second half their guilt and lies come home to roost with a shock. It's hard not to leave the film shaken.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
31% From the Land of the Moon (Mal de pierres) (2017) This smoothly told tale is more of a character study than a romance, yet should still draw fans of romance fiction who will particularly appreciate Louis Garrel in the role of the dashing lieutenant Andre Sauvage.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) All the best things about Asian cinema, rolled into one.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
100% Paths of the Soul (Kang rinpoche) (2016) Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey that can be almost as painful to follow vicariously from a theater seat as it must have been on the pilgrims.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
43% Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (2016) Bellocchio stages a gentle, eminently watchable return to some of the key themes that have haunted his 50 years of filmmaking, particularly the scarring left by a dysfunctional family and maternal love gone awry.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
75% Sworn Virgin (Vergine giurata) (2016) The dialogue is affectedly scarce, too scarce to sustain and deepen the story psychologically.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
84% Francofonia (2016) The subject of Francofonia is art as the spoils of war... Making the barest hint about the destruction of historic artworks in Syria at the hands of ISIS, Sokurov gently reminds the viewer why all this is terribly relevant today.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
83% The Wave (Bolgen) (2016) The SFX are convincingly terrifying and involving. The cast is headlined by two of Norway's leading actors, who give the characters unusual depth for a genre film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2016
No Score Yet A Strange Course Of Events (2016) A Strange Course of Events... is anything but strange and eventful.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
94% Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016) Where journalism leaves off, Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) begins. It takes a unique documentary filmmaker like Gianfranco Rosi to capture the drama through the periscope of his camera focused on the small Sicilian island of Lampedusa.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2016
92% A Quiet Passion (2017) The film can't escape an underlying static quality that extinguishes the flame before it can get burning.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2016
80% Mr. Six (Lao Pao Er) (2015) Where Guan excels is in straight dramatization, like the moving, beautifully acted reconciliation in a restaurant between gruff father and impatient son.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2015
40% The Games Maker (2014) A fine new addition to the library of imaginative children's film fantasy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2015
100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) (2015) Bjorkman leaves behind the image of a uniquely strong, independent woman whose relaxed modernity was way ahead of its time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2015
83% In the Basement (Im Keller) (2015) Make of it what you will, this off-the-wall film essay entertains hugely while it makes the audience squirm in their seats.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
No Score Yet Killa (2014) It's the simplest story imaginable but the director's grasp of child psychology grippingly depicts the boy's anxiety and feeling of being different, while his sensitive cinematic language sets these in the wider context of a coming of age story.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2015
28% Fathers And Daughters (2016) The starry cast convinces amid much melodrama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
82% Sunset Song (2016) Visually stunning and emotionally engrossing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2015
80% Incompresa (Misunderstood) (2015) [A] universal and enjoyable story told with lively verve and a lot of imagination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2015
29% Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015) nfortunately, the awkwardly titled Every Thing Will Be Fine seems more like a showcase for expressive camerawork pushing the limits of cinematography than anything else.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
60% This Changes Everything (2015) All this material has a hard time coming together in a natural crescendo, and no amount of vibrating violin strings can give it the emotional urgency or focus it badly needs in the closing scenes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) At first glance the tall, gangly Patel is an odd choice to play a short, stout mathematician. Yet he captures his essential passion, dignity, and overweening conviction that his formulas are right.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
40% Beeba Boys (2015) It feels like Mehta just wanted to have some fun with an unexplored genre.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
79% Where to Invade Next (2016) Funny and always on-topic without going overboard, it's an engaging film that could broaden Moore's fan base.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
89% A Bigger Splash (2016) The film feels empty and intellectualized at the core, where it should feel powerfully emotional.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
80% Fly Away Solo (Masaan) (2015) Masaan, the Hindi word for crematorium, is part of the new generation of indie films whose clear intent is to set ablaze a hidebound society's constrictions on personal liberty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2015
95% The Wonders (2015) Wise beyond its years, like the teenage protag Gelsomina, Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) is a wistful but no-tears swan song recounting the disappearance of traditional rural lifestyle in Italy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2015
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness (2016) The autobiography of Amos Oz, one of Israel's best-known writers, gives structure to Natalie Portman's sensitive if somewhat unfocused directing bow, A Tale of Love and Darkness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
84% Sweet Bean (An) (2016) It's not the stuff of Shakespearean drama, and in fact is barely enough to squeeze a few tears out of audiences into sentimental fare.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
No Score Yet Asha Jaoar Majhe (Labour of Love) (2014) The attractive actors are easy to watch, though their silent, enigmatic performances deliberately withhold information from the viewer until the end. Without social interaction of any kind, they remain abstract, symbolic figures.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast - led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal - keeps the story in sharp focus.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
No Score Yet Torneranno I Prati (2014) An anti-war film made with devastating simplicity and painful realism.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
80% The Assassin (2015) Hou Hsiao-Hsien brings a pure, idiosyncratic vision to the martial arts genre.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
64% Kai Po Che! (2013) A rollicking male-bonding picture about three buddies who open a cricket academy in India's exotic Gujarat, Brothers for Life turns extremely dark and violent in the last half hour, becoming a far more significant film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 17, 2015
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016) Tale of Tales combines the wildly imaginative world of kings, queens and ogres with the kind of lush production values Italian cinema was once famous for.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2015
40% L'intrepido (2015) One waits uneasily for the story to turn dark, but instead the film just runs out of energy in its second half.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
81% 1001 Grams (2015) Despite the weighty title, this is an extremely light, delicate art film that rarely makes a false move.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
78% Hyena (2015) Trying to hybridize thick-ear genre material with more artistically ambitious fare, the results are too leaden for the Jason Statham crowd but insufficiently distinctive to find a more rarefied niche.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
86% Mia Madre (2016) Good, strong, understated filmmaking is enlivened by Moretti's characteristic wry blend of drama and humor.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2015
94% Black Souls (2015) Black Souls... chooses the classic route of Greek tragedy, which is a natural match for the hard-faced, tight-lipped characters who spiral into general disaster.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015
99% About Elly (2015) About Elly confirms director Asghar Farhadi as a major talent in Iranian cinema whose ability to chronicle the middle-class malaise of his society is practically unrivaled.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2015