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

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Whiplash
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    All in all, Happy Christmas is a good deal like cartoon Charlie Brown's classic tree — scraggly, plenty of heart and much to enjoy, especially if you prefer your presents homemade.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It is a singular performance and a deeply affecting if imperfect film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Whatever stumbles there may be, they are offset by moments when For Colored Girls soars.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    There are times the action lags, and when the dialogue falls back on pop cultural references it feels contrived and forced but, mostly, like the mythical creatures at the heart of this tale, the movie soars.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    In a World… stands as a very entertaining first crack at what one can only hope will be a long career behind the camera. That is where it seems the actress can truly make her mark.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Bale, Affleck and Harrelson are in their element as men battered by life, delivering exceptional performances that hold nothing back. Bale and Affleck are as nuanced as Harrelson is unhinged. It is among the finest work done by all three.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    An unusually intelligent cut at the relationship game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The most hopeful — and the best — of this solid and unsettling series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    In Skyfall, Mendes has given us a thrilling new chapter in a franchise that by all rights should have been gasping for air - which really makes him the hero of this saga.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It is a devastating film to watch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    This is a smartly told story, and as fresh as any contemporary romance.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    She is by turns blue, bitter, hilarious, unbroken; a Hollywood-style portrait in infinite ambition. In that role, Rivers is unforgettable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Though there are occasional stumbles along the 1,100-mile hike, the peaks in Wild make the journey more than worth it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Herzog has become a master of the understatement — knowing just how long the images can sustain you without a word being said. Vasyukov and his team of cameramen gave him a stunning range to work with, so the filmmaker keeps his own narration to a minimum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Director Andrew Bujalski makes a serious play for his own place in the pantheon of hysterically pretentious pretend.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    We look to documentaries like The Invisible Front — dense with detail, straightforward in laying out the issues — to put history in perspective. And in this case to illuminate a little-known page from it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The result is a documentary that weaves as much comedy as fact into the narrative, making the experience a satisfying entertainment even for the lucky few who have no hair cares at all.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    The archival game footage -- Cantona on the field, the roaring crowds -- infuses the film with that high-spirited sense of hope and heart that only a brilliant play when a game is on the line can deliver. Loach, a brilliant player at his own game, delivers the rest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Bayona achieves a rare sense of balance between the big and the powerful as well as the small and the intimate in the family's survival against impossible odds, no doubt the inspiration for the title.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Peli works at mining the unknown, the unknowable, like a minimalist, using small moments and virtually no special effects exceedingly well.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    It is the almost accidental way Tina and Chris go about going bad that provides Sightseers with its twisted humor and its unexpected charm.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    You might want to tuck Damien Chazelle's name into your memory bank if his filmmaking debut, the terrific jazz improvisation that is Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, is any indication of what his future might hold.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Betsy Sharkey
    Though it might not sound it, watching Kumiko brood is mesmerizing. Kikuchi uses her mournful eyes to take us to dark places, though she's equally adept at surprise and confusion, even joy when it comes along.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The writer-director digs deeply and with a marked sensitivity, capturing the desperate, heartbroken humanity of the time and the place. But it is also a movie of frustrating stumbles — blunders that diminish what might have been a brilliant film.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Between the sheer on-screen beauty and the finely wrought performances of Mulligan and Schoenaerts, Far from the Madding Crowd has its appeal. Yet like unrequited love, one can't help but lament what might have been.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Blue Ruin is an uneven film, and there are slip-ups along the way, but the tension that settles in slowly like a low-grade fever keeps you with it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    William Shakespeare - whoever he was - I think would probably be at least a little amused by Anonymous. For amusing it is - along with bawdy, brazen, politically outrageous, plausible enough and occasionally graced with something close to Shakespearean cleverness in an absurdist sort of way.

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