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Betsy Sherman

Betsy Sherman
Betsy Sherman's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% Gimme Danger (2016) Gimme Danger has a crackling texture, with amusing footage from archival sources, previously unseen footage and photographs of the band, and, to illustrate some stories, funky animation by James Kerr. ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 30, 2016
80% Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) Best and Most Beautiful Things contributes a welcome perspective to the debate about what is normal -- and wonders, why should we stop pushing the boundaries? ‐ Arts Fuse
Posted Nov 30, 2016
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) [A] funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy ... ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 21, 2013
3/4 46% A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012) It's an affectionate, imaginative tribute to the artist's idiosyncratic take on life. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 23, 2013
3/4 78% The Grey (2012) Both visceral and thoughtful. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 8, 2013
2.5/4 69% Les Misérables (2012) Hooper bets heavily on his cast, and mostly wins. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 20, 2012
2.5/4 38% The Guilt Trip (2012) Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand make a snappy comic duo in this road movie about a tetchy mother-son relationship. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 20, 2012
3.5/4 41% The Possession (2012) Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill give mesmerizingly out-there performances as a troubled couple trying to hold it together for their young son. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 13, 2012
1/4 11% Alex Cross (2012) With each anguished look, each dramatic pause, Perry gives the impression that he has an invisible third hand patting himself on the back for courageously straying from Madea. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2.5/4 55% Beloved (2012) Honoré's melodramatic excesses are tempered by the subtle performances of his leading ladies. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 11, 2012
3/4 100% Planet of Snail (2012) Both modest and awe-inspiring. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 4, 2012
3/4 86% Robot & Frank (2012) Robot & Frank is the best old-man buddy movie I've seen since Up. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 23, 2012
92% Side by Side (2012) A must-see for AV geeks and cinephiles - even die-hard celluloid fans. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 16, 2012
3/4 78% Ruby Sparks (2012) Ruby Sparks is a frothy, thoughtful take on the Pygmalion/Living Doll genre. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 2, 2012
1.5/4 49% Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) This grim special-effects juggernaut mucks around in the darker regions of the fairy tale. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 8, 2012
2/4 28% Bel Ami (2012) Seems more concerned with getting period details in place than preserving the story's power. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 7, 2012
3/4 51% The Three Stooges (2012) Chris Diamantopoulos leads the cast as an amazing Moe; not only does he capture that cartoonish '30s body language, but he makes his face look like a fist. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 19, 2012
3/4 82% Goon (2012) Scott gives a wonderfully economical performance that anchors this fast-paced outing. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 10, 2012
0.5/4 26% Wrath of the Titans (2012) The artificial world in which the actors move is drab and uninviting, the battles edited with so many quick cuts it's hard to get one's bearings, and the animated monsters are dispatched before we care about them. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 3, 2012
3/4 67% Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) The science - and the politics - may be dodgy, but director Lasse Hallström crafts a witty, richly textured modern fairy tale that's an irresistible lure. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 8, 2012
2.5/4 60% Wanderlust (2012) Rudd does some great riffing (especially his hillbilly dirty talk), but ultimately the sum of Wanderlust's parts is greater than the whole. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 3, 2012
3/4 83% The Look (2011) Rampling's physical gifts, unimpeded by plastic surgery in their march through time, are matched by a keen mind and an unapologetic approach to life and work. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 31, 2012
2.5/4 41% Red Tails (2012) Hemingway and his cast make us care about the team and its members. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 24, 2012
3.5/4 97% The Artist (2011) A buoyant comedy that contains moments of pathos, this silent black-and-white movie recalls Singin' in the Rain but possesses a reverence that's endearingly French. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 20, 2011
3.5/4 73% Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2011) Elmosnino gives a deft and moving performance as the insecure piano player who reinvents himself as Gainsbourg, pop poet and improbable ladies' man, impelled to break taboos not only out of anger, but also to affirm his own existence. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 25, 2011
69% Footloose (2011) Brewer adds a gritty texture and shows ingenuity in the ways he inserts tunes from the original. But the basic material is at best a guilty pleasure. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 12, 2011
1.5/4 0% Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) Swardson just doesn't rise to the occasion, apparently hoping that enormous buck teeth and a Dutch Boy wig will do the acting for him. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 13, 2011
3/4 55% Mr. Nice (2011) Ultimately, Mr. Nice doesn't transcend its genre, but the title character is a bright addition to the cinematic rogues' gallery of charmers for whom the real high isn't the drugs or the cash, but the con. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 7, 2011
3.5/4 72% Sarah's Key (2011) Sarah's Key is a superior "woman in the present becomes obsessed with woman in the past" narrative. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 3, 2011
3/4 70% Friends With Benefits (2011) Kunis and Timberlake really do have chemistry, as well as comic timing. When his tender glances meet her sly conspiratorial smile, it's genuinely fun to watch. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 28, 2011
3/4 21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan (2011) Wang, back in Joy Luck Club territory, serves up melodrama without smothering substance. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 20, 2011
2.5/4 60% Vincent will Meer (Vincent Wants to Sea) (2011) Huettner makes it a romantic as well as romantic comedy by positioning the characters against an awe-inspiring landscape. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 13, 2011
1.5/4 38% Monte Carlo (2011) Features Selena Gomez in two roles, which is awkward because she only has one and a half expressions. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jul 6, 2011
3/4 89% The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2011) Pooley's approach is a bit paint-by-numbers, but her film is upbeat without being calculatedly feel-good. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 29, 2011
3.5/4 96% Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff (2011) Cameraman gives us insight into how and why movies manage to swallow us up for two hours and make us think we understand places, eras, and feelings we've never experienced. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 22, 2011
3/4 80% Pianomania (2011) You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy TheKing of Kong. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 22, 2011
2/4 18% The Art of Getting By (2011) Despite good performances by the leads, the action proceeds in dutiful lockstep, touching predictable dramatic bases to the accompaniment of predictable pop songs. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 18, 2011
3/4 75% These Amazing Shadows (2011) If movies are our kiss-kiss-bang-bang arenas of desire, then this addictive movie-centric documentary from Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton makes the Library of Congress sound like the Playboy Mansion. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 19, 2011
2.5/4 36% Prom (2011) Prom turns what could have been a string of punch lines and lump-in-the-throat passages into an affecting group portrait. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 5, 2011
3/4 100% It (1927) This 1927 feature is a routine story of a salesgirl smitten with the department-store heir, yet Bow gives it a champagne fizz. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/4 68% Rubber (2011) Part slasher-movie spoof, part self-reflexive Theater of the Absurd. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 28, 2011
2/4 25% Hop (2011) The LA antics are woefully familiar, and not helped by Marsden's mugging. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Mar 31, 2011
2.5/4 85% A Somewhat Gentle Man (2011) It's not bad, but only somewhat funny. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Feb 23, 2011
1/4 49% No Strings Attached (2011) It's a good premise, but Reitman and screenwriter Elizabeth Meriwether do little aside from ape Judd Apatow movies. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 27, 2011
2.5/4 75% The Way Back (2011) It benefits from Weir's talent for big-canvas moviemaking, though the result is a commendable drama rather than a great one. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 20, 2011
3/4 90% Ahead of Time (2010) The journalist as advocate and activist has rarely been contained in a more compelling package than Ruth Gruber. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 17, 2010
3/4 82% Four Lions (2010) Four Lions is well acted, and the dialogue is howlingly funny. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Nov 3, 2010
3/4 82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2010) More idiosyncratic and intriguing than the first half of Jean-François Richet's diptych, this one also has terrific action setpieces. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Sep 2, 2010
3/4 81% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort) (2010) Violent and brash, as befits its subject... ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 26, 2010
2/4 60% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010) Berman offers scant evidence that women's voices were heard in Hef's universe. ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 11, 2010