Betsy Sharkey
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For 582 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 582
582 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    An extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    The films have only gotten better by letting the relationship marinate. "Midnight's" more disgruntled edge reflects what creeps up on couples as years pass, regrets stack up, kids factor in, real life intervenes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    The film, which came out in 1970 after a censorship battle with the Franco regime, catches — and releases — all the tension of shifting sexual mores. You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society. [21 Feb. 2013]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    In a time when so many documentary filmmakers take on advocacy roles, National Gallery represents the heart of what Wiseman does best — step back and let the place and its people lead the story.
    • 89 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    The telling is beautiful and explicit. The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The ambiguity is refreshing. And despite the complicated emotional story at the center of this film, the Dardennes, who wrote and directed, have opted to handle it all with a minimalist narrative style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    It is a rare thing to witness the creative process. But in the excellent new documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, filmmaker Ben Shapiro gives us fly-on-the-wall access over a 10-year period to an acclaimed artist as he envisions, designs and executes his surreal commentary on small-town American life in the form of an epic photo installation, "Beneath the Roses."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    Witty, urbane and thoroughly entertaining.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    To has a great mastery of timing; he knows just how long to let a look linger before cutting away, how little he can reveal without losing us. The director keeps you guessing until the very end whether Choi or Zhang, or someone else entirely, will be the last man standing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    A magically understated mash-up, Ernest & Celestine has a comforting storybook effect and proves a refreshing departure in an age of high-tech, hyperkinetic animation set to soaring pop ballads, as entertaining as they can be.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though Ida's life would become a torturous hell spent locked away in an insane asylum, the legacy left by her letters has made for an intense and intriguing, if at times uneven, film with Italian director Marco Bellocchio wringing every drop of emotion out of his actors and his audience before it is over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    What Restrepo does so dramatically, so convincingly, is make the abstract concrete, giving the soldiers on the front lines faces and voices.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    A lyrical poem for some, like watching paint dry for others. I'd argue for embracing the poetic, a rare commodity in American films these days.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    Here the writer-director's tendency toward the allegorical casts a magical spell with Anderson finding a near perfect balance between the humanism and the surreal that imprints all of his work.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    You might want to tuck Damien Chazelle's name into your memory bank if his filmmaking debut, the terrific jazz improvisation that is Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, is any indication of what his future might hold.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It makes The Descendants a tragedy infused with comedy and calls for a balancing act from filmmaker and star alike, a tightrope they navigate with nary a wobble.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    [Bong Joon-ho] combines a great cast, a gripping idea and a gorgeously grimy retro aesthetic to keep this eerie examination of the train wreck of humanity racing along.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Even with some flaws and flailing, Dallas Buyers Club is a rough, raw, ragged and exhilarating ride.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    Between Lelio's ingenuity in staging the film, an extremely clever script co-written with his frequent collaborator, Gonzalo Maza, and the pumping disco that interjects its opinions and assessments of each situation, Gloria is one of the most enjoyable movies to come along in a while.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Betsy Sharkey
    In the hands of two of the craft's best, the most ordinary of moments become illuminating, penetrating.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    Deeply moving and devoid of melodrama, These Birds Walk is as pragmatic as its subjects.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Betsy Sharkey
    In the end, 127 Hours is one man's incredible, unforgettable journey; it took the extraordinary alchemy of Boyle and Franco to also make it ours.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The past is where all the intrigue of the movie lies, and that is where the film is at its most compelling, with the present sometimes wilting in the desert heat.

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