Betsy Sharkey
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For 610 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 Trucker
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 610
610 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The film is deeply moving yet never maudlin in telling this hard-knocks-but-hope-infused story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The film, like the tour, will satisfy the Conan cravings of hardcore fans the most, and prove an enjoyable enough diversion for the rest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It's potent stuff, laced with smart, sensitive humor, and extremely well handled by Wysocki and the excellent ensemble of young actors that become Terri's intimates.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Quietly and movingly out of this world. Director Mike Cahill has woven sci-fi imaginings and quantum physics theories of parallel universes into a provocative meditation on the prospect of rewriting your life history.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Between the writing, acting, directing and the rest, it works. Not crazy, not stupid, and filled with love. Period.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Laughter, which is ladled on thick as gravy, proves to be the secret ingredient - turning what should be a feel-bad movie about those troubled times into a heart-warming surprise.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    All of that combines to make Colombiana into a scandalous blend of action, sex and violence. My apologies in advance for having so much fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    McLaughlin, who has a good eye for the minimal, manages to bring out the haunting beauty of empty places littered with the discards of forgotten lives.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It makes The Descendants a tragedy infused with comedy and calls for a balancing act from filmmaker and star alike, a tightrope they navigate with nary a wobble.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    If you give yourself over to that clash of style and sensibility, something magical happens as the power, the prescience and the precision of Shakespeare's words take hold of modern problems.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    At its soulful heart, Pariah is a stinging street-smart story of an African American teen's struggle to come of age and come out - to the father who still calls her "daddy's little girl" and the mother who quotes the Bible and buys her pink frills.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    This is a far more brutal film than Wheatley's first, 2009's "Down Terrace." Though it had crime at its center as well, it was balanced by a dry irony and far less blood. There is no offset in Kill List, with one scene so relentless in its gore that it makes the notorious elevator scene in "Drive" pale in comparison.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The Swell Season emerges as an incisive cut at fame's effect on the real-life music and romance of Hansard and Irglova. It's an accomplished piece of filmmaking from the trio, who are making their feature-length documentary debut.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Starkly beautiful and exceedingly demanding, The Turin Horse, which Hungarian master Béla Tarr has said will be his last film, is both easy and impossible to define.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Miller and Lord clearly understand the push-and-pull and hyper-competitiveness that make guy friendships both complex and stupid. That it comes to life so fully in 21 Jump Street is what gives the film an endearing, punch-you-in-the-arm-because-I-like-you-man charm.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The ambiguity is refreshing. And despite the complicated emotional story at the center of this film, the Dardennes, who wrote and directed, have opted to handle it all with a minimalist narrative style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    There is a lot of hope in the air in I Wish, but the film never feels sappy. The very appealing score by the Japanese indie-rock group Quruli brings a kind of upbeat energy that matches the clean, open style of director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki, a frequent Kore-eda collaborator.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Somehow it is the waiting - for the fall that you expect is coming, for the marriage you figure will fall apart - that makes Take This Waltz one to make room for on your dance card.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    By far the film's deadliest weapon is McConaughey. The way the actor leans into threats, dropping his voice, wrapping eloquence in sinister tones, is skin-crawling. The muscles in his neck literally seem to tense one by one. And if the eyes are the window to the soul, you really don't want to peer for long into his. It is not an easy performance to watch, but it is unforgettable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    An unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The action is inventive, extensive and exciting, a bang-up job by cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen, one of the town's hot new shooters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki squarely lands that punch, creating a tense and chilling horror story for financially fraught times.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Remarkably, much of that sizzling sensibility was caught on film and has been stylishly stitched together with her personal history in the scrumptious new documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    A visceral story of beat cops that is rare in its sensitivity, rash in its violence and raw in its humor.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    One of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It is a striking and moving study of "what was" versus "what it has become" as the filmmakers try to get at the whys.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    In a country that embraces cinematic violence with such ease but blushingly prefers to keep sex in the shadows or under the sheets, the grown-up approach of The Sessions is rare.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Bernal and Furstenberg exist within this meditative space with all the ease and unease of a couple still trying each other on for size. The forces that push and pull them feel so rooted in reality that if not for the layers of meaning it might seem a complete improvisation.

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