Betsy Sharkey
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For 633 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 4.3 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 633
633 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    If you can get past the gross invasion of privacy issues that would exist if this were real life and not just a frothy confection, what you have is some bittersweet fun peppered by bursts of sharp patter, the best between the boys.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    At best, the jokey bits are occasionally funny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The movie version of karaoke. It sings the same tune as the 2007 British underground hit, but it's a little, and at times a lot, off-key.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The movie has a few bursts of energy and invention — a cleverly executed jailbreak is one. But the story drifts and the pacing drags, failing to gather much steam until the final moments.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    New players, a new story line, a new director and nearly three decades of improved technology including all the whiz-bang-wow the latest 3-D has to offer. Unfortunately, there's not nearly enough new life.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    That sense of extreme, excess, over-the-top everything is there from start to finish. And isn't that what Bay fans count on even at cut-rate prices?
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The veteran Marshall has proved a quick study, serving up the pastiche with panache so the stars mostly shine, the story snippets mostly amuse and you'll barely notice all the empty spots where a plot used to be.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    With Snow Flower, the filmmaker is forever torn between two childhoods, two adulthoods, two distinct political and social eras, and two complex relationships, unable to make both equally relevant.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Though the film is peppered with one-liners tailor-made for Spacey to sling with stinging effect, it doesn't so much leave you laughing as just weary, and wishing this weren't a true story at all.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Any comic relief it affords comes with such an undertow of repressed emotions and displaced anger that it all starts to feel more depressing than dramatic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Sheridan seems as conflicted as the Cahills about their virtues and failings. The underlying themes -- love, loyalty, decency, duty, honor, betrayal -- that screenwriter David Benioff will use to both bind and break this family seem to bedevil him more than inspire him this time out.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Breathtaking moments give way to boring ones; searing emotions vie with the exceedingly bland.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    This is Shakespeare lite, which ultimately makes for Shakespeare slightly trite.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Good stuff comes when bad stuff happens; that's when some of the movie animation prowess kicks into high gear. But too many of the "solutions" the guys concoct are so impossibly complex or just downright ridiculous — puppetry comes to mind — that like the continents, it's a little too easy to drift away.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The city's skyline is blown to bits. Burning, broken, blackened bits. So if that's what you're in the mood for, that is what the film delivers, endlessly, but in that cheesy-campy way that can make a bad movie good fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Sometimes the facts can get in the way of the drama, and that's the central problem here. That sense of needing to be true to the record is reflected in an overwhelmed screenplay.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Gorgeously shot, smartly conceived, cleverly cast, badly executed - the lush medieval beauty here is at best only skin deep.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    FD 5 did not raise even a single goose bump - which for a movie that bills itself as horror is not a good thing. The camp factor, however, is high and makes the 95 minutes pretty much fly by.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    A frustrating mix of smart flash and smirking impudence.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Romance, or the desire to find someone special, isn't a bad thing — if it's not the only thing. But as it stands in DUFF, the denouement at prom has cliché written all over it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    The pun is a gun for Penguins' writers. Not a sharpshooter rifle, but a machine gun that unloads a nonstop quip barrage, mowing down the real promise of this 3-D animation action comedy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Paul Weitz has dialed things down considerably for Being Flynn, writing and directing with an earnest sensitivity that at times suits, at times undermines, the complexities of the story at hand.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    What makes this intriguing, yet woefully uneven film so relatable is that there is nothing about Ned's experience that seems extreme.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    Here that soul-baring, soul-searching is the centerpiece of the film. Unfortunately, not much else about Lola Versus matches that standard.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Betsy Sharkey
    This is a disappointing turn coming from Phillips, particularly since "The Hangover" was such a fresh, bracing brew of black comic fun.

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