Betsy Sharkey

Betsy Sharkey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
Los Angeles Times film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
633

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 633
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " It is the rapport between Kinnear and the boy that really holds the film together. They make the father-son relationship believable in a way that grounds "Heaven" and gives it some of its best moments." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 16, 2014
48% Rio 2 (2014) " Wonderfully animated and well-voiced, "Rio 2" is nevertheless too much. Too much plot, too many issues, too many characters." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
86% Joe (2014) " Though "Joe" occasionally slips and falters, the filmmakers and actors get all the hard-luck details right. Besides, it's nice to see its star out of the cage for a change." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 10, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
88% Alan Partridge (2014) " "Alan Partridge" plays to all of Coogan's strengths and all of the character's foibles." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Almost every line is delivered with such overwrought bombast, just inches at times from the camera, you may feel a need to dodge the spittle." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Apr 3, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " As you might guess, this is not a film for everyone's taste. But for fans of the martial arts genre, Evans has created a scintillating, if sometimes imperfect, new chapter." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " As a filmmaker, Luna is still finding his voice. For all he effectively puts on screen in "Cesar Chavez," Luna never gets past his respect for the accomplishments to give us a true measure of the man." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 27, 2014
79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " The only thing better than one Kermit is two. And the only thing better than two Kermits is one with a Russian accent." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 21, 2014
22% Need For Speed (2014) " In trying for the vicarious varoom of the street-racing video game that inspired it, and no doubt dreaming of "Fast" success, "Speed" clocks in at a long two-plus hours and falls painfully short." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
78% Veronica Mars (2014) " Ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
65% Bad Words (2014) " Sarcastic, sanctimonious, salacious, sly, slight and surprisingly sweet, the black comedy of "Bad Words," starring and directed by Jason Bateman, is high-minded, foul-mouthed good nonsense." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 13, 2014
79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " For all the ways the film reflects its earlier TV incarnation, the shadings have been softened. "Mr. Peabody" could use a bit more bite." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " The spectacularly brutal fighting is the film's main calling card, and in that "Rise of an Empire" doesn't disappoint." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Mar 6, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-tempered uproar unleashed, and a delightful movie is the result." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 28, 2014
10% The Bag Man (2014) " There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man." Where to begin?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 27, 2014
91% Omar (2014) " It is difficult to figure out which is the film's more pressing theme - the power of love to change the course of a life, or the political and social realities of living in occupied territory." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The result is a little like baby bear's porridge, neither all bad nor all good, though not quite right yet either." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 20, 2014
54% Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014) " For all of Paulson's intelligent calm in front of the camera, he is telling an American horror story of massive proportions." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " Wilde has one of those faces cameras love, thus her other career as a model. There are suggestions in "Endless" that she might have acting talent too. But the director rarely asks." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 13, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " The re-imagined crime, action, sci-fi thriller isn't going for the biting satire of Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original, or its extreme violence. The sci-fi side hasn't evolved much. And the thrill? Well, most of the thrill is gone." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 12, 2014
25% Welcome to the Jungle (2014) " No matter what the title says, there is no welcome waiting for you." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
95% Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom) (2014) " The excellent new drama In Bloom, Georgia's Oscar entry in the foreign-language category, has the heartbreak and hope of a country slipped inside a coming-of age-story of two 14-year-old girls." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " "The Lego Movie" is a massive collision of subversive humor, hyper-kinetic energy, mind-jangling design, spinning colors and about 15 million Legos, no exaggeration." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Feb 6, 2014
94% Stranger by the Lake (2014) " French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie's tantalizingly erotic fable of love, passion and death." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " What "Awkward" is actually about, albeit unintentionally, is how passing off misogyny for comedy has gotten so terribly passĂ©, as insulting to the guys as to the young women." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
56% At Middleton (2014) " Garcia and Farmiga have such an easy, natural chemistry that their on-screen sparkle helps mitigate the film's weaknesses. At others times, it serves to underscore what might have been. It's a feckless conundrum." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 30, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " Chilean director Sebastian Lelio's near-perfect film about the very imperfect world of a divorced woman of a certain age." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
22% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Filled with very good intentions, very bad dialogue and a surprisingly affecting turn by its star Vanessa Hudgens." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 23, 2014
18% Ride Along (2014) " Cube is solid as the impenetrable brick wall that Hart's comic barrage bounces off. Their odd-couple shtick delivers laughs. But more often than not "Ride Along" chokes on its own fumes." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jan 16, 2014
33% Labor Day (2014) " If you can get past the past, which I recommend, what is left is a lovely, intimate film about longing and love." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 27, 2013
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " What makes "Lone Survivor" work as well as it does are the human exchanges. Whether friend or foe, the moments feel all too real." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Man, does this movie have a savage bite." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 26, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " While I'm glad "Anchorman" is back - we need a little levity in this year of heavy films - I do wish it were better." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 17, 2013
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Peter Jackson's newest installment of the Tolkien trilogy is set afire by the scorching roar of a dragon." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
89% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " A fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 12, 2013
90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " The most hopeful - and the best - of this solid and unsettling series." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 5, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " "Out of the Furnace" is rich in talent used wisely. Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard help to create a sinewy portrait of a dying way of life." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2013
96% These Birds Walk (2013) " These Birds Walk serves as a reminder of the resilience of children and how little it takes to keep hope alive." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 2, 2013
48% Black Nativity (2013) " "Black Nativity" struggles mightily." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " There is a brashness in the risks taken, the very imperfections revealing an artist finding new inspiration. For Lee, this weird, brutal film seems to have freed him." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2013
89% Frozen (2013) " With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, Frozen is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Let's just say, whatever your mood going in, you will likely feel a good deal better coming out." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
91% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " When Gondry says he had to do this film with Chomsky, you believe him." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 21, 2013
50% The Ghosts In Our Machine (2013) " "Ghosts" is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population - what they owe us, what we owe them." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 14, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " [McConaughey and Leto] elevate the movie beyond ordinary biography or overplayed tragedy, and give Oscar-worthy performances in the process." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 31, 2013
3.5/5 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " The film has a story complete with a beginning, middle and end. It has some acting and emotion. And most shocking of all - it has empathy." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
3/5 64% Enzo Avitabile Music Life (2013) " 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." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The truth of its emotionally raw, romantic drama is eternal and universal." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 24, 2013
4/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " "All Is Lost," which is only Chandor's second film, reveals itself as remarkably skillful, surprisingly insightful and deeply moving." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
2/5 49% Carrie (2013) " "Carrie" should have delivered more with the material in the filmmaker's feminist hands." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2013
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