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

Betsy Sharkey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Django Unchained
Lowest review score: 0 Nothing Left to Fear
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 634
634 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Don't let the title of this indie gem fool you, Small Time has humor and heart big time.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Here, the 36-year-old filmmaker is playing around with drama and comedy. And if you're in the mood for a splash of dark drama, a bit of humor, very dry, on the rocks, with a twist, this will come close to satisfying.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    In sitcom savant Phil Rosenthal's world, truth is at least as strange as fiction and usually it's funnier, which works to his advantage in the very entertaining cultural exchange that is Exporting Raymond.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It's amazing what a little story and a little substance add to a movie. It might not be a giant leap for mankind, but it is a small step for one old man.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though there are many delicious little moments tucked inside, the action heads in so many directions it can be dizzying to keep up.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    While Fading Gigolo periodically threatens to come apart at the seams, it is Turturro's most disciplined and delightful work yet.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Perhaps not since "The Godfather: Part II" have we seen a sequel come along that more than matches the mastery of the film that came before it -- all the pathos, the brio, the epic sweep. . . . the cheese balls.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Haywire doesn't measure up to the best of the director's work - like, say, his Oscar-winning drug drama, "Traffic." But watching Carano kick, spin, flip, choke, crack and crush the fiercest of foes - mostly men about twice her size - is thoroughly entertaining, highly amusing and frankly somewhat awe-inspiring.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Simon Killer...is Campos' bleakest project, which honestly makes me fearful for the future. Still, he is a provocative one to watch — willing to push the aesthetic boundaries as well as the story to extremes even when the risks don't always pay off.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The appealing new kid-on-the-teen-angst block, reverberates with much of the same dark combustible mix of action and romance that's been fueling the "Twilight" vampire mega-franchise for a while now.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    For all its sharpness, the movie has a very sweet streak.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Quartet is very much a performance piece, which plays to Hoffman's strength - as an actor he knows when to allow this excellent ensemble breathing room and when to tighten the belt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Life in a Day has an earthy and at times euphoric appeal. Helping on that front is the editing artistry of Walker (and an expansive team), the man in charge of all that splicing and dicing keeps things moving at an entertaining clip.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The Angels' Share leaves a warm glow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    In Enzo Avitabile Music Life, Demme has not given us an expansive film, and there are spots you wish he'd dug deeper. But there is such a well of emotion that the music alone is almost enough.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    A breakup worth going through.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Joe Berlinger's densely detailed new documentary about the legendary Boston mobster is disturbing on so many levels it's hard not to wonder why Bulger was the only one on trial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Having seen the show on stage, I wondered if Birbiglia could morph the ideas into an equally funny movie. He hasn't quite, but he's come pretty close.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Back in the director's chair for only the second time, the filmmaker, like his main character, is a little unsteady on his feet. But thanks to his stars, the film - like the book - is a smartly observed study of a troubled teen's first year in high school.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    For the most part, The East is a dizzying cat and mouse game with all sorts of moral implications.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    It's a strong directing debut for Barber, who uses the poignant power of Harry's experience to take a universal cut at decaying communities and the poverty of soul as well as pocket.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Aniston and Bateman keep things both light and dark when they should, and Robinson's Sebastian steals everyone's heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    What sustains the film through the rockier times are its challenging themes, offering real issues for the young protagonists to wrestle with, rather than whether anyone will be carded trying to buy beer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Jackson's latest go at Tolkien's treasured "Hobbit" story gets closer to that rich alchemy of fantasy, adventure, imagination and emotion that made his "Lord of the Rings" trilogy such a triumph.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    From the beginning, the filmmakers promise an affectionate look at the man, and in that they deliver.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, Paul comes as such sweet relief.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    At times, Happy, Happy is cutting comedy at its brutal best; at times, it slips on the black ice. Still, the love of life is exuberant, the pain exquisite.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Delivery Man, a heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    The cast Rush has assembled around Ferrell helps as well. There are tiny gems contributed by Laura Dern as the long-lost high school crush Nick looks up, and Stephen Root as a prickly neighbor with some unusual proclivities.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Betsy Sharkey
    Though the movie wears its agenda on its sleeve, the music and the cast, many of them members of the real Les Muses, as Marion-Rivard was for a time, are simply so charming that it makes Gabrielle hard to resist.

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