Betsy Sharkey

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For 634 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Blue Is the Warmest Color
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    What helps offset the predictable in this very predictable movie is a series of show-stopping numbers, so props to the folks who oversaw music and choreography. But the true saving grace is a few of the central players.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    To fully appreciate the extreme lowness of Your Highness, it's best to accept that this sometimes witless and sometimes winning comedy has absolutely no socially redeeming value.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The Sparks-styled romance has almost become its own movie genre - predictable, pure of heart, sentimental and never straying from the boy-meets-girl basics, or the surface, for that matter - and in that The Lucky One delivers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If anything, the manic energy and aggressive sarcasm of Wain's "Role Models" (2008), which also starred Rudd, has become much more refined in Wanderlust, (well, as refined as something this raw can be).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Should you find yourself in the mood for Big Musical Numbers by the score rather than a film, there's a lot to like about Burlesque.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    In every move, Depp makes you believe this was a passion project for the actor, one he dedicates to Thompson.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    While the action is brisk, the film never feels in a hurry. Walken and Pacino amble through their paces. Arkin ups the adrenaline any time he's around, and he is not around quite enough.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The new thriller from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook is a bizarrely perverse, beautifully rendered mystery that you may or may not care to solve.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    There is enough ridiculous fun in the Tracy Morgan- Bruce Willis pairing as two of Brooklyn's "finest" to get many of you past the squirm-inducing stuff.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The bookish group at the heart of this talky film is having such a grand time trading tart exchanges their mood proves infectious. The sparring helps offset some of the contrivances that make Liberal Arts less buttoned up than it should be - so an A for effort and a C for execution.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Ironically this big, lumbering movie could have used more, not less. More Godzilla without question, and more emotional content for its very good cast too.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The animation style mirrors the original, which is simple in an appealing way. It is particularly effective in the action sequences, which make the most of animation's ability to create a playful reality. But the multi-layered historical references designed to be adroitly wry are a trickier gambit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The problem with The Runaways is that they went with the wrong girl.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    It's just that there isn't enough story - the book shouldn't be required reading for the film to make sense.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    A kung fu kick of a film that hits more than it misses.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, Rio 2 is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters. But not too much music.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Peirce has done a remaking rather than a reimagining.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    There are moving moments as Cornish channels the slow self-enlightenment necessary for Ashley's character arc. And the actress is particularly good in the scenes with the promising young Hernandez.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    A joyous, raucous, righteous film but also a frustrating and disappointing one.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The film is clever in using a child to tease out the misunderstandings that arise between those on opposite sides, even when the river of emotions that should course through The Little Traitor sometimes runs dry.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Some of the phallic jokes work, others are really lame. Fortunately there are many other funny bits that have nothing to do with body parts that keep the laughs coming.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    With so many sight gags and nearly every living comic in the world making an appearance at some point, the entire operation, like Ron's ego, feels a bit bloated.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    A few shades brighter than its predecessor, and the action bits certainly closer to the full-throttle "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" mode director Guy Ritchie didn't quite capture the first time.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The banter between Brian and Arielle is easy and often amusing. But despite all the tangled sheets and entwined bodies during assignations at the St. Regis hotel, the relationship never moves beyond the look of puppy love.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The-impossible-to-upstage stars are the penguins, a combination of real Gentoos specially trained for the film and some computer-generated counterparts. The special effects gurus blend the two seamlessly, making it easy to believe there was no digital wizardry involved, which is perhaps the niftiest trick of all.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    You can see the years of effort, the polish and precision that went into creating The Boxtrolls... But somehow it still doesn't add up to enough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    For all of its punishing pathos, the movie does not have the clean lines and elegance of another cut at crime in this city, "L.A. Confidential" (based on an Ellroy novel). As the day of reckoning approaches, the film spins out of control, careening between convoluted subplots, with the emotional pitch of the piece swinging too wildly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    What saves the film is that it is also packed to the gills with the classic slapstick sweetness that makes SpongeBob — in or out of water, on big screen or small — hard not to laugh at and love at least a little. Giggle, giggle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    I don't know that we actually need Agent OSS 117, but the world is a slightly better place with him around. And the film itself is a harmless trifle -- make that truffle, chocolate of course.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    What is missing is something new - clarity, insight, outrage. Instead, its understatement is ultimately its undoing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If anything, watching the film is like attending an old-style Southern tent revival - you want to believe in the fight against all that fire and brimstone. Heck, you want to join the righteous brigade. But when the lights go up and the fever dies down, it feels more like you've witnessed a show than a real showdown with the devil.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Johnny Depp, back again as the swashbuckling miscreant who favors guy-liner and gold, somehow manages to keep this ship of fools afloat. But just barely.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Like the relationship she has chosen to dissect, the film is promising, disappointing, touching or frustrating, depending on the moment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    It's when the film detours into Irving's personal attachment to the birds, including photos of her as a child on the beach, that Pelican Dreams gets seriously off track. Fortunately, pelicans are interesting creatures and the time spent with the lens focused on them is payoff enough.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The heart of this film is on the road with Bateman and McCarthy. If not for their brilliance, Identity Thief would be running on empty.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Where "Paris" was the ingénue, fresh-faced and surprising, "New York" needed to come in with the confidence of a more practiced hand, and it never quite manages that. Better to think of it as a day trip rather than an actual film, just a brief, mostly delightful excursion into the city.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Sometimes it seems as if Iñárritu is literally carving out his actor's heart, so tangible does Bardem make Uxbal's fears. Iñárritu has so much that he wants to say - too much, in fact, and the film's central weakness - that he has created an emotional tsunami for both the actors and the audience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    This portrait of a woman on the verge — of success, of suppression, of submission, of rebellion — is never fully realized.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The division between the personal and scientific stories is not a clean one. It gives the film an uneven rhythm as it at times lurches between the two women's very separate lives.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If this low-budget indie is any indication, the younger Levinson's creative sensibilities appear to be darker than his dad's, the voice clearly his own.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The Occasionally Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be a better way to think of the not-always-spectacular but sometimes satisfying Spider-Man sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Belle is greatly buoyed by Mbatha-Raw's performance. She infuses Dido with a confident and intelligent grace that keeps you engaged long after the tangled story has let both the actress and audience down.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    It's not your typical animated fare, but since the filmmakers can't quite decide whether its tale should be serious or silly, "Cat" trips and stumbles unsteadily between a bit of both.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Has the sweep of a classic John Ford movie, the sentiment of Frank Capra and a spirited steed named Joey who will steal your heart. The film itself is more difficult to love.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The dialogue remains spotty and sappy, the effects still haven't caught up to modern-day standards, but "Twilight's" popularity is such that even when it falls short, it doesn't seem to matter.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The writer-director becomes so intent on hammering home the parallels between economic decay, political disappointments and petty criminals, there is nothing soft, or subtle, about it. He should trust his audience more.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    What you may not expect is quite how satisfying much of the film is, with Duhamel turning out to be a very good sparring partner for Heigl.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    An ode to romance of the most starry-eyed sort, a sugary paean to quixotic clichés and a film destined to be a guilty pleasure for some (me included, sigh) and the painful price of a relationship for others (so steel yourselves).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The film catches her long after she's left the public eye, and rather than an examination, or an assessment, of her politics, it instead offers up an affecting if not always satisfying portrait of the strong-willed leader humbled by age.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    For all of the substantive issues underpinning the documentary, it still feels a slight film for Berlinger, and very unlike the documentary veteran's best work, found in his dogged following of the West Memphis Three case.
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    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Music in Babe's and Ricky's is righteous and raucous and easy to come by, but the story of Mama Laura is more elusive. And that is the frustration.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Zilberman's minimalistic approach fits the idea of the film better than it fits the actual film. It leaves this melancholy mood piece with some beautiful moments, but unlike Beethoven's work, A Late Quartet ultimately feels unfinished.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    In trying to create a balanced portrait of the conflicts and the ordinary people affected by them, director Michael Berry, who co-wrote the screenplay with Luis Moulinet III, chips away at the authenticity and intensity that an issue-driven film like this sorely needs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If you're going to saturate a film with so much violence, at least it's nice to see an action hero - or antihero - actually feeling the pain.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    There is a lot to savor in Rise of the Guardians, but sometimes too much of a good thing can be exhausting.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    As it happens, this recycled reclamation of underdogs saga is neither as bad as it sounds nor quite as good as it could be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    For the most part, the florid flourishes are so lightly played by Owen and Binoche, screenwriter Gerald Di Pego's melodrama can almost be forgiven.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Between Law's performance and Shepard's script, which brims with explicit and expressive dialogue, the movie is remarkable for its ability to exhaust, irritate and also entertain.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    So super complicated (implausible?) that in the wrong hands it would be laughable. Instead, this very gritty bit of greased action does a decent job of shaking the sluggish out of January.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If you can get past the rough patches - a slightly sluggish start and a coda that feels like one punch line too many - there is some sinister fun to be had in watching Kinnear skating toward disaster on ice that is very thin indeed.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Tower Heist might not be a classic (it's not), but at least for a little while it will make you laugh instead of cry about the current state of affairs, which is more than you can say about a lot of things.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Not "An Affair to Remember," mind you, but a welcome change from the Nicholas Sparks brand of mush that has overtaken the hearts-and-flowers corner of movieland.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Young's almost mystical musicianship is what saves it.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Brutal, bloody beyond belief, and has no socially redeeming value. So it is with a certain amount of guilt that I say it's kind of a wicked blast to watch, especially if you're in the mood for some righteous revenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The seriously out-of-control hard R dude is writer-director Nicholas Stoller, who apparently has major trust issues with his odd-couple stars, women and the audience. Did I forget anybody?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Even with all their huffing and puffing, this very salty, often funny affair is never quite as satisfying as it should be.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    For a movie about planes, a lot happens on the ground — those refueling stops can take forever. But the animators take advantage of the power of flight, packing the action sequences with daredevil runs. But it's a race, and a kind of sameness occasionally sets in.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    If you're a "Terminator" fan, though, "Salvation" is mostly worth it. The machines are mindless, yes, but there are enough pyrotechnics and heavy artillery to feel like Armageddon squared. And when the story starts to crumble around Bale, Worthington is there to pick up the pieces.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    Perhaps Switch's greatest strength is in giving us enough information to try to come up with better questions of our own.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    With so many twists, the movie feels like it's trying too hard. Some moments are cleverly constructed; and others seem as if the filmmakers have left themselves no plausible escape.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    rRegrettably falls prey to its grand and grisly ambitions - it's neither grand nor grisly enough to seriously satisfy Poe-ish cravings for murder, mystery and literary allusions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    An intelligent family film, a rarity, and while not quite Crowe at his absolute best, it carries his humanistic imprint and benefits from a strong acting ensemble that keep emotions in check.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    It's a challenging film, but maybe not as challenging as it should be.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    All the Wilderness seems tailor-made to play to the actor's strengths — Johnson's script is as lean as Smit-McPhee, both proving adept at doing more with less.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    A strange, but strangely entertaining combo of drag racing machismo, slapstick silliness, raunchy riffs, politically incorrect rants and sweet nothings.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    By turns hysterical, heretical, guilty, innocent, silly, sophisticated, teasing and tedious.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The spectacularly brutal fighting is the film's main calling card, and in that "Rise of an Empire" doesn't disappoint. Still, in the battle for best guilty pleasure, I'd give it to the Spartans of "300," by a head.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Betsy Sharkey
    The finale is not an all-out disappointment. It should satisfy the franchise's fans, and it does wrap up any loose ends you might be wondering about.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The sequel sometimes feels like a series of gags ginned up by a gaggle of writers who are not always on the same page.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    In truth, the film fizzles as much as it fumes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    What's missing are the kind of moments that actually matter, the ones that are so gripping that you want desperately for time to stop - to savor them, to feel the fear, the passion, the regret. Ah, well … maybe next time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    It's clear from first frame to last that the filmmakers decided to go broad, very broad, with a story that swings between hysterical, hyper-sexual, bizarre, surprisingly tender and just plain awful. This is one mixed bag of a movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    A hyper-realistic-looking, character-driven story of survival with talking dinosaurs that can't decide whether to inform or entertain. The film and its featured creatures do a little of both but modestly.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Gimme Shelter, a ripped-from-real-life story of a pregnant teen's journey toward hope, is filled with very good intentions, very bad dialogue and a surprisingly affecting turn by its star Vanessa Hudgens.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Too many of the characters are either good or bad, and that loss of nuance is missed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    An emotional runaway of a film that carries neither the insight nor the uplift to make the weight of its dark journey worth it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    There's no real depth or texture to the characters of any sort, sentimental or otherwise, and I say that as someone who can be brought to tears by a Hallmark commercial.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The struggles in the movie are with the moments when life and liberty are on the line. The ones that should put you on the edge of your seat are more likely to have you glancing at your watch.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Two things to keep in mind when considering Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer as the great John B: It was brilliant as a one-man stage show; it was never a good candidate for film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The animation is snappy in the way it handles an extremely eclectic-looking bunch of monsters. The 3-D effects are nifty but, as with so much about "MU," not necessary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The Purge: Anarchy is a good deal bloodier, but also — gulp — a good deal better than its predecessor. Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The script, written by director John Slattery and Alex Metcalf, drifts too quickly into blue-collar cliches, leaving its interesting collection of characters only half-drawn at best.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Fortunately Stewart seems to thrive in water over her head, and when she pulls Gandolfini in with her the movie gels. It makes you wish the filmmaker had left them in the deep end longer.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The film is helped by Costner's self-deprecating, aw-shucks charm. The actor is game whether he's being asked to fight off truculent teens or treacherous terrorists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    On the face of it, tackling the warring sides of science and the spirit seemed a good fit for the writer-director, who continues to be drawn to existential themes. There are occasional flashes of the exceptional, but the film's dodgy story can't sustain them.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Smart isn't all it's cracked up to be and soon the movie is unraveling faster than all of Eddie's grand schemes.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    At some point you hope the actor (Butler) will find a movie that will give him the right material to make hearts truly beat faster. Until then, it appears we'll have to settle for films with more flaws than his characters.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    At first Tabu is intriguing. But the enigma gets wearing as the director's attention is divided between the homage to the silent film era and the film's underlying exploration of the regret of old age.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    What the movie could use is a little more faith — in the power of its message and the art of filmmaking. Instead, Heaven is sincere to a fault, and the closer it gets to heaven, the more it wavers.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Cirque is a harmless bit of fluff with a very cool look, but there's just never enough bite.

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