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

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Frozen
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    I'm So Excited! will not stand as one of Almodóvar's defining works. But for some completely frivolous, naughty nonsense, it may be just the ticket.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Byzantium's appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Even with slightly heavier issues, like its predecessor, Despicable Me 2 is light on its feet, visually inventive and very fast with the repartee. It requires actors who can pull off the many peppery lines at warp speed and in that the film is lucky with its voice cast.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Whether the San Pedro does its magic is of course the big question. Regardless, Silva works his, delivering not exactly the Holy Grail of road movies, but a very mellow summer high.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    A series of strong emotional crosscurrents tied to the notion of winning and losing are in the hands of a very eclectic and capable cast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    As intriguing as Prince Avalanche can be in its contemplations, and as glad as I am to see Green cozying up to his more elemental and esoteric side, the film ultimately plays like an unfinished thought. It's a good thought, mind you, but like the road, it seems to go nowhere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Like the family, the film occasionally comes apart at the seams. But Childers and Garner are absolutely mesmerizing as Iris and Rose.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The writer-director digs deeply and with a marked sensitivity, capturing the desperate, heartbroken humanity of the time and the place. But it is also a movie of frustrating stumbles — blunders that diminish what might have been a brilliant film.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    In its own strange way, All Is Bright pulls you in even as it frustrates. This is far from a picture-perfect Christmas story, mind you, but there is a spirit in its celebration of disappointment that is quite special.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It is an imperfect film about this imperfect world. But if "Mister & Pete" doesn't make you rethink the social safety net that fails these kids, and so many others like them, book some time with a cardiologist.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It's amazing what a little story and a little substance add to a movie. It might not be a giant leap for mankind, but it is a small step for one old man.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    In Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Demme has not given us an expansive film, and there are spots you wish he'd dug deeper. But there is such a well of emotion that the music alone is almost enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Delivery Man, a heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Oldboy suggests a filmmaker doing almost as much soul-searching as the main character. There is a brashness in the risks taken, the very imperfections revealing an artist finding new inspiration. For Lee, this weird, brutal film seems to have freed him.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Jackson's latest go at Tolkien's treasured "Hobbit" story gets closer to that rich alchemy of fantasy, adventure, imagination and emotion that made his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy such a triumph.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The film finds its footing as the weekend progresses and the temperature and tension — outside and in — rise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It is clear in every frame that the filmmakers and actors really appreciate that loyalty. It doesn't make for a particularly ambitious film, but it is a satisfying one as it moves easy, breezy over familiar terrain.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though there are many delicious little moments tucked inside, the action heads in so many directions it can be dizzying to keep up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    As inventive as the action sequences are, there are too many of them and they tend to go on far too long — the movie is just shy of two-and-a-half hours. Still, Evans' filmmaking has undergone some impressive fine-tuning for The Raid 2. It is something to see — if you have the stomach for it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Joe
    Though Joe occasionally slips and falters, the filmmakers and actors get all the hard-luck details right.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, Small Time has humor and heart big time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    While Fading Gigolo periodically threatens to come apart at the seams, it is Turturro's most disciplined and delightful work yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Blue Ruin is an uneven film, and there are slip-ups along the way, but the tension that settles in slowly like a low-grade fever keeps you with it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though it never plays like a polemic, the film has so much it wants to say the emotional power that might have made it a classic is undercut.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    What sustains the film through the rockier times are its challenging themes, offering real issues for the young protagonists to wrestle with, rather than whether anyone will be carded trying to buy beer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though the movie wears its agenda on its sleeve, the music and the cast, many of them members of the real Les Muses, as Marion-Rivard was for a time, are simply so charming that it makes Gabrielle hard to resist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was the only one on trial.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The séances are great fun, and the cast is charmingly eclectic. But as to whether "Moonlight" is magical — it is, but ever, ever so slightly.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    When the grown-up going gets tough, the one thing you know is that the Altmans won't abandon one another. Which makes "This Is Where I Leave You" not earthshaking by any stretch, but somehow reassuring.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The pieces don't always fit together as neatly as you might wish, but if you let it, The Good Lie's heartwarming soul will win you over.

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