Betsy Sharkey

Betsy Sharkey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Betsy Sharkey's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times

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Showing 51 - 100 of 715
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
90% Wild (2014) "Though there are occasional stumbles along the 1,100-mile hike, the peaks in "Wild" make the journey more than worth it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Dec 3, 2014
98% The Babadook (2014) ""The Babadook" is a smart, darkly drawn modern-day horror movie of monsters, memories and mothers. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 26, 2014
72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "The story, like everything else, tries to do too much. It's an origins story, a mission impossible, a coming-of-age saga, a revenge story. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2014
35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "Make no mistake, despite some well-earned laughs, "Horrible Bosses 2" is not what qualifies as a good movie or even a particularly good R-rated comedy. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 25, 2014
96% National Gallery (2014) "It is such a gift that Frederick Wiseman, who is edging toward 85, continues to let his curiosity and his craft fill his days and our theaters. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "In almost every decision the director makes, there is a calculated risk, more heartening each time she takes it. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
100% The Invisible Front (2014) "An absorbing new documentary that delves into the Lithuanian resistance against Soviet aggression and occupation circa 1944. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 20, 2014
82% The Homesman (2014) ""The Homesman" may sound like a title conferred on a man, and George Briggs may be driving the wagon. But it is Mary Bee's persistence and prayers that carry the women, and the film, flawed as it sometimes is, home. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "What felt fresh in Peter and Bobby Farrelly's original "Dumb and Dumber," with the Carrey-Daniels dense duo channeling the Stooges and Jerry Lewis and something else entirely, feels strangely old-fashioned two decades later. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 13, 2014
89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Pow, pow, kaboom, cuddle. ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
95% Pelican Dreams (2014) "Whatever you think you know about pelicans, "Pelican Dreams" will surprise you. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
30% Elsa & Fred (2014) "Though the issues are heavy, the execution is light, enjoyable, but it keeps "Elsa & Fred" closer to "Sleepless in Seattle" than Fellini's deliciously deep Roman affair. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Nov 6, 2014
52% Stonehearst Asylum (2014) "On the surface, Anderson seems to have all the necessary pieces for a surreal psycho pop. But the fear factor eludes him, leaving "Stonehearst Asylum" more insipid than insane. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
69% Laggies (2014) "A lovely lark that provides a lively consideration of the benefits of taking a break from the pressure of keeping up with the twentysomething Joneses. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
73% Camp X-Ray (2014) "It helps if you think of "Camp X-Ray" and the prison face-off between Stewart and Maadi as a cautionary conversation unfolding more like a theater production than a movie. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) "While the intolerance fueling this dark, existential comedy won't be to everyone's liking, the film's cerebral beat-down is a strange and sardonic thing of beauty. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 23, 2014
49% Cake (2015) "For all the pain, grief, sadness and suicide that layers Cake, it is a serious treat to see the actress stretch herself. Hopefully this film won't turn out to be a single slice. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 17, 2014
92% Birdman (2014) "The director's surrealist portrait of modern times and the cult of celebrity is brilliant on so many levels that even the occasional downdraft can't keep "Birdman" from soaring. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2014
94% Whiplash (2014) "A movie you feel as much as you see, and what you see is both exquisite and excruciating. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2014
77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "[Renner] inhabits the character completely, digging into the role with the same won't-let-go fierceness Webb himself displayed when newsworthy information came his way. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
62% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014) "Not so terribly horrible. Not so terribly terrific either. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 9, 2014
81% Lilting (2014) "Despite a strong start, the filmmaker doesn't exactly know where to go with it. Still, there are moments before things get away from him that are captivating to watch and lovely to listen to, lilting. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
88% The Good Lie (2014) "The pieces don't always fit together as neatly as you might wish, but if you let it, "The Good Lie's" heartwarming soul will win you over. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 2, 2014
31% Men, Women & Children (2014) "The question that keeps returning is why a writer-director usually so canny in capturing cultural evolutions would turn so reactionary in taking on a computer-dependent society. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 1, 2014
34% Two Night Stand (2014) "It turns out "Two Night Stand" is a one-act sex comedy badly in need of two more - acts, not nights. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
82% The Two Faces of January (2014) "Even when the plot threatens to crumble, the actors know what to do with the pieces. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "The details are impressive: 190 puppets built, 79 sets constructed, 20,000 handmade props, 200 costumes, 26 locations, 56 cameras, 892 lights, 53,000 face parts.... But somehow it still doesn't add up to enough. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 25, 2014
41% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) "I can't think of a family I'd rather sit shiva with than the Altmans of "This Is Where I Leave You." " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) "The desert trek in "Tracks" is as brutal as it is beautiful; the performance by Mia Wasikowska as raw as the reality. And the camels? If they don't steal your heart it must be stone-hinged. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2014
77% St. Vincent (2014) "Soaked in whiskey, dipped in brine, Bill Murray delivers a salty, acerbic, inebriated comic blast as the unlikeliest saint imaginable in St. Vincent. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 12, 2014
87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "One of the better movies to come along this year. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 11, 2014
52% Frontera (2014) "In trying to create a balanced portrait of the conflicts and the ordinary people affected by them, director Michael Berry... chips away at the authenticity and intensity that an issue-driven film like this sorely needs. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
33% Last Weekend (2014) "All the possibilities of a richly drawn family squabble fade faster than the final days of summer. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2014
29% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) "You can't help wondering where "The Last of Robin Hood" left its moral compass. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
29% Cantinflas (2014) "You're left with that empty feeling of a surface barely scratched, when the legend that was Cantinflas deserves much more. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 28, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) "There is something slightly subversive and satisfyingly spot on when a movie about love and marriage turns on a solitary detail. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
94% Love Is Strange (2014) "Without Molina and Lithgow, the film might feel like little more than a light experiment in social dynamics. But nearly everything about "Love Is Strange" suits it ... " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 22, 2014
43% Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) "The greatest sin of "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" is the way its high style is brought low -- visually stunning, but emotionally vapid, unrelentingly violent, its splendiferous comic book cast mostly squandered. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 21, 2014
86% The Trip To Italy (2014) "You come for the conversation, and in that, "The Trip to Italy" rarely disappoints. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2014
75% Happy Christmas (2014) "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. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
52% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) "As to whether "Moonlight" is magical - it is, but ever, ever so slightly. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 24, 2014
83% The Empty Hours (2014) "Fernandez is astute in the way he fills the empty hours on screen. He sets a slow steady rhythm and embraces lingering shots and long silences to catch the way the days are lazy about unfolding, especially for Sebastian. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
52% I Origins (2014) "There are occasional flashes of the exceptional, but the film's dodgy story can't sustain them. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2014
17% Sex Tape (2014) "Since it's a comedy, much could be forgiven if the film was consistent in generating laughs, but the comedy is as erratic as the couple's sex life. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
56% The Purge: Anarchy (2014) "Make no mistake, a good "Purge" does not equal a good movie, but the post-apocalyptic thriller is slightly more interesting because it takes itself, and its menace, more seriously. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2014
80% Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014) "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. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
98% Boyhood (2014) "An extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film in which not much else occurs. Never has so little meant more. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
80% Land Ho! (2014) "But don't be misled by its simple premise. "Land Ho!" is full of surprises, rich in the way it noses around the rocky terrain of aging in an indifferent world through the engaging performances of its two stars. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 10, 2014
95% Gabrielle (2014) "Casting Marion-Rivard in the title role was a risk that paid off, giving the film its authenticity, also its imperfections, which are easy enough to live with. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
91% Venus in Fur (2014) ""Venus in Fur," a whip-smart dissection of gender politics via some teasing S&M, is arch. So arch in fact that it is surprising it's a Roman Polanski film. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2014
23% Tammy (2014) "There are some laughs and, at least on screen, more than a few tears. But it doesn't come together with the kind of satisfying punch a comedy should deliver. " ‐ Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 1, 2014
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