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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Rango
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Though the indie falls short of its grandest ambitions, it is inventive in constructing its conceits. As to Moss and Duplass? It's hard not to love them — for better or worse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    [Bong Joon-ho] combines a great cast, a gripping idea and a gorgeously grimy retro aesthetic to keep this eerie examination of the train wreck of humanity racing along.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Even with some flaws and flailing, Dallas Buyers Club is a rough, raw, ragged and exhilarating ride.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Berg, who wrote and directed, is more interested in how men deal with battle than the ideals or the politics that put them there. What the movie achieves, with a gruesome energy and a remarkable reality, is a firefight.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    If that all sounds like a lot of good, clean fun, a word of warning. In what seems to have become the genre's raison d'etre, the dialogue is so blue at times that you'll probably feel the heat of the blushing cheeks on either side of you, especially whenever Reilly's fast-talking savant of smut shows up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Stewart does exactly what Valentine describes as Jo-Ann's great gift — she becomes the character, completing disappearing inside Valentine. It makes the interplay between Binoche, a master of that sort of disappearing act as well, and Stewart mesmerizing to watch.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It's Kind of a Funny Story is kind of a perfect coming-of-age comedy, with its bittersweet fun set loose in the adult psych ward of a Brooklyn hospital where this clever case of teenage depression, identity and self-esteem is examined.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    There are so many ways in which Nowhere Boy, an emotionally raw and yet raucous, rockin' riff on John Lennon's turbulent teenage years, is such an entertaining piece of nostalgia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The big action pieces, particularly the final face-off, are masterful both for their cleverness in bringing down the house and the detail jammed into every frame. Even composers Hans Zimmer, who's scored a zillion movies, and John Powell seem to be having more fun than usual.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Tense and violent, it grabs you from the first moments and rarely loosens its hold until the last body drops.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The writer-director is up to his old tricks, creating an onion of an experience -- a movie within a movie within a movie, irony in each layer, poignancy that stings and whimsy that bites.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Like the best war movies do, director Peter Ho-Sun Chan has woven together an intimate story of men against a backdrop of history writ large.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Fast-moving, epic-on-a-shoestring tale of one Roman soldier's fight that is by turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The kills themselves are both bountiful and bloody, the movie references are brilliant and bloody, the funny is very frequent and very frequently bloody, but to say any more would ruin the boo.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    So many things are done right that even with the bombast, "Into Darkness" is the best of this summer's biggies thus far. It's a great deal of brash fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The film is quite serious about pushing its players and its audiences through the mental, as well as emotional, meat grinder. Many times along the way, you fear you know where things are going. But Kent is clever in choosing unexpected spots to pull the rug out from under you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    You can feel how personal a film In Bloom is and how promising a first feature this is for one of the country's new wave artists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The film belongs to Foster. The actor always makes the most of what is handed him, though he's usually required to find his footings around the margins, as he did as the crazed cowboy in "3:10 to Yuma" or the crazed druggie in "Alpha Dog."
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Mara is the captivating center of the film, all the emotions of the men and the child hinge on her moods. She continues to be one of those actresses able to shape-shift into different places, times and characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The director is increasingly adept at getting her actors to bask in emotions without any pretensions. It makes for easy watching. Seigel's breezy script makes the dialogue easy listening.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Whatever the film's flaws, and like its protagonist, there are times when things get a bit out of control, watching Giamatti use Barney to wrestle with success, failure, friendship, love and increasingly with time is exhilarating.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    What happens when a seemingly righteous operation goes wrong and anxiety threatens to overtake ideals? It is the question Night Moves asks and answers in chilling ways.

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