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 Trucker
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The movie is intimate in its telling, sweeping in its issues and stumbles only occasionally.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    There's a confusion that you can sense as well, with the film pulled between its light and dark sides just as the owls struggle with forces of good and evil. That hesitation keeps "Guardians" from reaching the deep, emotionally rich center that confers greatness in the animation world.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    This kinder, gentler Allen is still clever, still amusing, and the film itself is a confection tempting enough to consider a taste. Yet there is that empty-calorie letdown after it's over. Maybe it's time to book another trip to Spain.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    There is a great deal of silliness about Allan's journey from start to finish and no real message other than to never stop taking life as it comes. But there is also a great deal of fun in watching a 100-year-old man climb out a window and disappear.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Ted
    The comic targets run the gamut - race, religion, relationships, reality, etc. While nothing is sacred, the sacrilege comes with just enough sweetness to offset the salt.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    This funny, sick twist of social satire is certainly locked and loaded, even if its aim is sometimes off.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Pensively shot, painfully and poetically told.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though some of the jabs "Me" takes at reality TV are clever, the film, like Alice, tends to fracture at key moments. What makes it worth watching is Wiig.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It's not "On Golden Pond" by any stretch, but it is nice to have Fonda back in the fractious family way.
    • 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.

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