Betsy Sharkey
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For 627 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Love Is Strange
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 627
627 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    When the movie should touch the heart, it just misses. When moments should produce gales of laughter, it struggles for a smile. When panic and fear should set the heart racing, it doesn't.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The movie is not exactly a laugh riot. But its comedy is amiable enough — and surprisingly clean.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Make no mistake, it is lovely to look at this celebrity bedazzled bit of L.A. crime history for a while. But the movie ultimately leaves you feeling as empty as the lives it means to portray.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The animation is snappy in the way it handles an extremely eclectic-looking bunch of monsters. The 3-D effects are nifty but, as with so much about "MU," not necessary.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Red 2 is much more of a mixed bag than it should have been.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The To Do List is neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Thanks for Sharing is a bit like the recovery scene it digs into — filled with intoxicating highs and dispiriting lows.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The struggles in the movie are with the moments when life and liberty are on the line. The ones that should put you on the edge of your seat are more likely to have you glancing at your watch.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    This is Shakespeare lite, which ultimately makes for Shakespeare slightly trite.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    A hyper-realistic-looking, character-driven story of survival with talking dinosaurs that can't decide whether to inform or entertain. The film and its featured creatures do a little of both but modestly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Although the movie isn't a complete disaster, it's not your father's RoboCop either.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    MacFarlane is a very funny dude, and there are times A Million Ways to Die is indeed funny. But too often the movie feels half-baked.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Instead of a cautionary tale, they've looked at Flynn's life through rose-colored glasses.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    On the surface, Anderson seems to have all the necessary pieces for a surreal psycho pop. But the fear factor eludes him, leaving Stonehearst Asylum more insipid than insane.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The sequel sometimes feels like a series of gags ginned up by a gaggle of writers who are not always on the same page.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Make no mistake, despite some well-earned laughs, "Horrible Bosses 2" is not what qualifies as a good movie or even a particularly good R-rated comedy. But there is more to laugh at in "2" than the first, so let's go with less horrible, shall we?

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