Betsy Sharkey
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For 568 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Cutie and the Boxer
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 568
568 movie reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    There are so many wonderfully unconventional things to like about this tiny independent film, Monaghan's earthy and uncompromising performance chief among them, its depth surprising you at every turn.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Verbinski's greatest triumph is that he allowed the animation to free rather that confine him. There is indeed a new sheriff in town, with Rango destined to become a classic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Firmly rooted in the filmmaker's esoteric, frustrating, provoking, demanding narrative style, the movie is also amazingly romantic - lush, ripe, rich, delicious.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    There are always moral crosscurrents in Lee's most provocative work, but so magical and mystical is this parable, it's as if the filmmaker has found the philosopher's stone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    In "Django," Tarantino is a man unchained, creating his most articulate, intriguing, provoking, appalling, hilarious, exhilarating, scathing and downright entertaining film yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Director Benh Zeitlin and his co-writer Lucy Alibar, a playwright whose "Juicy and Delicious" was the inspiration, have created characters that are wondrously indelible, distinctive of voice and set them inside a story that will unleash a devastating hurricane, and a flood of emotions, before it is done.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Frozen is fabulous.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    All Is Lost, which is only Chandor's second film, reveals itself as remarkably skillful, surprisingly insightful and deeply moving. It's a confident work by an artist who knows himself and trusts his audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Exciting, terrifying, worrisome stuff saturates every second of Prisoners, holding you captive, keeping you guessing until the bitter end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Mud
    One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Authenticity gives the movie its witty, heartwarming, hopeful, sentimental, searing and relatable edge. It is merciless in probing the tender spots of times like these, and tough-guy sweet in patching up the wounds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    A very fast three hours, Wolf is a fascinating, revolting, outlandish, uproarious, exhilarating and exhausting master work on immorality.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Beyond the timelessness of the story itself, the film is beautifully shot and though early in Godard’s career already showcased his ability to capture emotional intensity in the very way he frames the shots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    For all of the eccentricities that come in any telling of an artist's life, Cutie and the Boxer's real magic is in so beautifully telling a familiar story of husbands and wives.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    The telling is beautiful and explicit. The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Watching this film feels like a genesis moment — of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance — with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    The desert trek in Tracks is as brutal as it is beautiful; the performance by Mia Wasikowska as raw as the reality. And the camels? If they don't steal your heart it must be stone-hinged.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    The director's surrealist portrait of modern times and the cult of celebrity is brilliant on so many levels that even the occasional downdraft can't keep Birdman from soaring.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    An extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    One of the better movies to come along this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    In the hands of two of the craft's best, the most ordinary of moments become illuminating, penetrating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    It is one of those scorching films that burns through emotions, uses up actors, wrings out audiences. And the jazz, well, it has its own moments of brutal, breathtaking fusion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition with its smarter than you'd think cops, their tougher than you'd imagine cases to crack and enough nods to the classic genre for an all-night parlor game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    We don't go to Michael Haneke films for comfort, but to gaze through a glass darkly. That vision -- tense, provocative and unnerving -- is on full display in The White Ribbon, which could be considered a culmination of this difficult director's brilliant career.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    For the most part, Ford has done good by the film, infusing a sad story with warmth and humor to spare. While loss is what makes George's experience universal, heart is what gives him such life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    The 17-year-old so completely captures the innocence, cynicism and rage of a child of poverty and divorce on the edge of adulthood that it feels as if you are spying on Mia, so achingly real, so tangible does her world seem here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    Nothing quite prepares you for the rough-cut diamond that is Precious. A rare blend of pure entertainment and dark social commentary, this shockingly raw, surprisingly irreverent and absolutely unforgettable story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    It's tempting to forget that Cage is not Terence. That would be unfair though, and diminish the sheer ferocity of his performance.