Betsy Sharkey

Betsy Sharkey

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Los Angeles Times film critic.
Publications:
Chicago Tribune , Los Angeles Times
Total Reviews:
585

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 585
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 69% 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 90% 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
2.5/5 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " "Kill Your Darlings" ... feels like it is trying too hard. Far too conventional underneath all the trappings, you wish it would howl." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 16, 2013
3.5/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) " There is just enough of Shepard's lyrical prose and Dark's depth and humor to whet the appetite. You walk out wanting to read at least a few of them beginning to end." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
4/5 90% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013) " "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
2.5/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 10, 2013
3/5 45% All Is Bright (2013) " In its own strange way, "All Is Bright" pulls you in even as it frustrates." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
2/5 9% Runner Runner (2013) " Even with Affleck doing his Rat Pack best, by the end of "Runner Runner," the chill is gone." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
3/5 49% Parkland (2013) " "Parkland" succeeds as it fails. For whatever its flaws, it is unforgettable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
1/5 9% Nothing Left to Fear (2013) " "Nothing Left to Fear" is true to its title. Director Anthony Leonardi III and writer Jonathan Mills have let not one scary moment on screen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Oct 3, 2013
4/5 81% Don Jon (2013) " Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 27, 2013
4/5 85% We Are What We Are (2013) " Mickle never seems in a hurry, so there is time to take note of the detail. "We Are" is rich in that regard." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 45% Morning (2013) " Leland Orser makes a raw, soul-searching feature debut as writer, director and star in "Morning." He plays the devastated father opposite his real-life wife, Jeanne Tripplehorn." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
3.5/5 70% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) " Honestly, anyone who can pull off a running joke about leeks that does not make you gag, and is in fact a silly delight, deserves props." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " The grainy texture of the imagery is darkly arresting. Isaiah Washington is charismatic and fearsome, channeling a toxic mix of compassion and rage." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 26, 2013
4/5 93% Mother Of George (2013) " An unexpected gem about true love, infertility and a meddling mother-in-law." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
2/5 49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " "Thanks for Sharing" ultimately feels empty. It doesn't share enough." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 82% Prisoners (2013) " Hugh Jackman gives the performance of his career as a father seeking two kidnapped girls in Denis Villeneuve's taut thriller." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 19, 2013
4/5 86% What If (The F Word) (2014) " It has the same kind of young smart set speak that you hear all the time in Lena Dunham's Girls." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 18, 2013
2.5/5 31% Adore (2013) " It's a challenging film, but maybe not as challenging as it should be." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Sep 5, 2013
4/5 96% Cutie And The Boxer (2013) " Working as director and cinematographer, Heinzerling earned the couple's trust before turning his camera on their days and nights. But once that camera was running, there was no blinking, no turning away." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
2/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " Did Harrison Ford hope the shorn look would give his high-tech mogul Jock Goddard some edge? He certainly needed something to." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3.5/5 79% Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013) " A wistful and wayward drama about an outlaw couple who will get under your skin and work on your heart if you're not careful." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3.5/5 92% In a World... (2013) " "In a World..." is completely endearing. I can't wait to see what Bell will do next." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 83% Prince Avalanche (2013) " The film ultimately plays like an unfinished thought. It's a good thought, mind you, but like the road, it seems to go nowhere." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/5 26% Planes (2013) " As with "Cars," the world of "Planes" feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " "We're the Millers" is full of moments that feel as forced as the marriage of convenience - and contrivance - in the movie." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 6, 2013
4/5 94% Drug War (2013) " To has a great mastery of timing; he knows just how long to let a look linger before cutting away, how little he can reveal without losing us." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
4/5 86% Computer Chess (2013) " You need no particular knowledge or affection for the game of kings to appreciate the whimsy of "Computer Chess."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
5/5 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " [A] culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Aug 1, 2013
2.5/5 52% The To Do List (2013) " Neither supergood nor superbad, but passable doesn't exactly raise the bar." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
4/5 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " For all of "Blue Jasmine's" darkness, the movie is among the filmmaker's most emotionally affecting." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 25, 2013
2/5 42% Red 2 (2013) " If everyone delivered their lines with the rat-a-tat-tat precision of Malkovich, Mirren and Hopkins, the studio might have had a better movie on its hands." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
1/5 40% Only God Forgives (2013) " God only knows what Nicolas Winding Refn had in mind when he made "Only God Forgives."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 18, 2013
3.5/5 67% Turbo (2013) " Honestly, they pretty much had me at "racing snails."" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 17, 2013
4/5 93% The Hunt (2013) " It is a devastating film to watch, a heedful one, and a tragic reminder that no matter how well a life has been conducted, the mere whiff of such scandalous behavior is condemnation enough." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 12, 2013
3.5/5 86% In the Fog (2013) " Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
3.5/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " Scenic, short and slight, the film manages to avoid the tendency to make these sort of big-screen excursions more tedious than actual road trips." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 11, 2013
5/5 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Authenticity gives the movie its witty, heartwarming, hopeful, sentimental, searing and relatable edge. It is merciless in probing the tender spots of times like these, and tough-guy sweet in patching up the wounds." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 4, 2013
3.5/5 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " "Despicable Me 2" is light on its feet, visually inventive and very fast with the repartee. It requires actors who can pull off the many peppery lines at warp speed and in that the film is lucky with its voice cast." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jul 3, 2013
4/5 47% I'm So Excited! (2013) " I can't remember when, if ever, Pedro Almodóvar has had as much flamboyant fun as he does in the high-flying comedy "I'm So Excited!"" — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/5 62% Byzantium (2013) " "Byzantium's" appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
3.5/5 65% The Heat (2013) " Bullock specializes in awkward and uptight, McCarthy in aggressive and unfiltered. "The Heat" makes the most of those differences." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 27, 2013
4/5 98% Call Me Kuchu (2013) " Both Senyonjo and Kato light up the screen." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
3.5/5 91% Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (2013) " As provocative as the art is - whether G-rated or R - the artist is even more interesting. Still sketching, still engaged, and, as the film closes, still searching for the outer reaches of enough." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/5 78% Monsters University (2013) " Mostly memorable for being fine but forgettable." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 20, 2013
2.5/5 60% The Bling Ring (2013) " Make no mistake, it is lovely to look at this celebrity bedazzled bit of L.A. crime history for a while. But the movie ultimately leaves you feeling as empty as the lives it means to portray." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 13, 2013
4/5 83% This Is the End (2013) " Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's script is scathing, while their directing debut is a revelation." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 95% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " The movie by the writing/directing pair is almost as captivating as their subject." — Los Angeles Times
Posted Jun 7, 2013
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