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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The To Do List is neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Piranha 3D is trying so hard for the laughs and the allusions amid all the gore, and endless bloodbath of bare naked ladies, that it completely forgets to frighten anyone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The heat that should saturate the film as betrayals mount and boundaries are broken flickers and dies many times over Miss Julie's languid two-plus hours.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Garcia and Farmiga have such an easy, natural chemistry that their on-screen sparkle helps mitigate the film's weaknesses. At others times, it serves to underscore what might have been. It's a feckless conundrum.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Cantinflas the movie tries to capture the magic of this much-loved legend, and it does so in fits and starts.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The story is poignant and compelling, but ultimately the film doesn't have the heft it needs to fill out the big screen.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    At the moment, modestly amusing does not stave off that desire for a really great live-action family film after years of watching the terrain land-grabbed by animation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    In many ways, "Engagement" reflects both the best and worst of Stoller and Segel's creative collaborations.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Nighy is usually a treat to watch navigating life's bad turns, so it's especially frustrating that the filmmaker so often leaves him at loose ends.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The footage itself, particularly of the surf, is spectacular, with veteran cinematographer Bill Pope handling the camerawork. But the drama is soggy, overreaching for the heartfelt and overdoing the inspirational.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    If anything, the film is a reflection of the Web zeitgeist, where observation comes easily but insight is rare. What saves the documentary from becoming a complete frustration is the sheer, stunning prescience of Harris.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Tension is one of Home's biggest issues. There just isn't nearly enough of it. Story is another.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    There are enough clever bits, in that exploding-bodies kind of way, to inject some fun into the party. White and director of photography Scott Kevan, who collaborated on "Stomp the Yard," have some seriously inventive visuals, which at times are smash-cut fabulous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The film falls short of delivering the outrage and uplift that should have come easy for this true-life fight against justice denied. Unfortunately, that makes Conviction more a trial than a triumph.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The franchise remains as much an endurance test as a movie, but at least a better Bay has delivered a leaner, meaner, cleaner 3-D rage against the machines.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    If you're a Sandler film buff, the comedy is classic Sandler and will probably satisfy. Still, the best thing about the movie remains Aniston - she is reason enough to just go with it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The Other Son is a case of good intentions overwhelming the inherent drama - quite simply, political correctness got the best of it. The French director is so focused on covering all the bases, and ensuring a sense of equal empathy - and screen time - for the plight of both families, she leaves the film struggling to get beyond a log-jam of life lessons.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The intricate plotting that distinguished the book overwhelms the movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Waugh has a good feel for the cars and action extremes, while director of photography Shane Hurlbut acquits himself nicely. But the screenplay written by George Gatins is full of potholes.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Country Strong is Feste's second film, and she infuses it with an earnestness that swings between too too much and appealing, the same earnestness that swamped her filmmaker debut last year with "The Greatest."

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