Betsy Sharkey
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For 592 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Way, Way Back
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 592
592 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The man was not, by most accounts, pedestrian. In trying to follow so closely in his footsteps, the film, however, is.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    By boiling too much down to black and white, Camp X-Ray's ability to say something significant is diluted.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Instead of a cautionary tale, they've looked at Flynn's life through rose-colored glasses.
    • 45 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.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Here's the surprise of the new incarnation of The Wolfman, starring Benicio Del Toro -- there isn't one. No bite either, or humor, or camp.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    So a pioneering feminist in the hands of a feminist filmmaker should have been a perfect match. But like her subject, the filmmaker gets lost in the clouds.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    The prospect that this role would officially shift Bettany to a bigger stage, taking him from the character roles that have become his specialty to leading man status, dies a sort of Darwinian death from bad plotting.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Instead of invitations, they should be sending out apologies for Our Family Wedding, a cake-and-kisses comedy that has disaster written all over it and not for the right reasons.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Try as they might, Nicole and Milo, as they are called in the movie, don't steam. Wispy vapors is about as good as it gets.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    The satire is sagging, the irony's atrophied and the funny is flabby.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Good slapstick is actually an art -- unfortunately not one practiced here -- and bad slapstick is just tedious.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Rather than some deeper understanding of the human condition, what we get from Multiple Sarcasms is a lot of heavy breathing.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    The new Adam Sandler comedy has all the charm of a home movie that does not star your own family, which means it's overly sentimental, filled with you-had-to-be-there moments, bad jokes and even worse camera angles.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    For now, Efron remains an unrealized dream and Charlie St. Cloud an unrealized movie, though judging from the "ooohhs" and "awwwws" from the audience, for his core tween-girl fans, that's more than enough.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    About 33 minutes in, I couldn't help but think, if they do another close-up of your watch as it tick, tick, ticks toward another three, I will scream. But honestly, any screaming should be directed at Paul Haggis, who both wrote and directed this mess.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Really, truly, very scary … At least until about 30 minutes in, when you start to be distracted by the lack of logic in the storytelling and the fact that the nasty little gremlins responsible for all the bumps in the night can be offed pretty easily.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    In the face of The Tempest, the stormy tragicomedy of rage, romance and redemption that is among Shakespeare's last and greatest works, Julie Taymor, a filmmaking savant of extraordinary vision and voice, suddenly and surprisingly folds.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Sadly, an obsession with raunchy one-liners trips everything up, turning a clever conceit into something closer to a sleazy, cheesy affair.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    After scoring big in 1998 with "Mary" - the zipper issue, the "hair gel" mix-up, the roving troubadours - their (Farrelly brothers) raw inventive edge has never been quite as sharp. Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, continues that creative slide into everyday crude.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Despite the pretty overload and the smoldering blue-eyed handsome of Egglesfield, the heart-pounding, palm-sweating, heavy-breathing chemical reactions that should be causing major blackouts in Manhattan, where this story unfolds, are nowhere to be found.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    The film doesn't have nearly the bite - ferocious or delicious - that any self-respecting vampire movie really should. It's as if all the life has drained away.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    A tedious two-plus hours. There were such possibilities in the origins idea.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Overall Take Me Home Tonight represents a lateral move at best for its 24-hour party people, a step back at worst, and not worth your time either way.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    Instead of breathing life into cartoonist Berkeley Breathed's cheeky kids morality tale, the movie - with all its 3-D motion capture animation flash - flatlines.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Betsy Sharkey
    As good as Worthington, Chastain, Moretz and Morgan can be as they try to untangle the morass and the menace - and get caught up in it - they just can't quite pull it off. The real killer, sadly, is the script.

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