Betsy Sherman

Betsy Sherman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

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

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 47%

The A-Team (2010)

"The fun big-screen reboot takes the quartet of fugitive vigilantes-for-hire into the digital era, and it succeeds because director Joe Carnahan doesn't let technology overpower personality." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 16, 2010
2.5/4 20%

Birdemic: Shock And Terror (2008)

"Leading lady Whitney Moore gets no points for charisma, but there's compensation in co-star Alan Bagh, who's like a numb John Krasinski." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jun 1, 2010
3.5/4 47%

MacGruber (2010)

"From one of Saturday Night Live's lamest recurring sketches comes one of its funniest spinoffs." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 26, 2010
3/4 78%

OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010)

"Dujardin has flawless comic timing as the hero who may stumble but -- with the arch of an eyebrow and a flash of a grin -- always rises to the defense of the République." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted May 19, 2010
2.5/4 68%

The Runaways (2010)

"Floria Sigismondi's mixed-bag debut feature, though offering nightmarish sequences in which the teens are clearly in over their heads, merely skims the surface." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 7, 2010
3/4 82%

Lbs. (2010)

"With obesity now a pop-culture as well as a medical issue, Lbs. offers insight -- as well as laughs and heartstring tugging -- into the struggles of a food addict." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 7, 2010
1.5/4 53%

Mystery Team (2009)

"This ensemble-written movie is a weak effort, despite its appealing premise." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 27, 2010
2/4 82%

A Town Called Panic (Panique au village) (2009)

"Absurdity is supposed to carry the day in this fantastical satire of rural life, but the film's material is too mild and its bag of tricks (flurries of motion and noise followed by pauses of stillness and silence) too repetitive." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Jan 20, 2010
3/4 75%

$9.99 (2008)

"Director Tatia Rosenthal's inspiration was to populate the proceedings with animated 3-D figures; her cerebral, darkly funny film is a feat of stop-motion rumination." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 16, 2009
3.5/4 92%

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

"Raimi embraces hoary clichés like Gypsy curses and gateways to Hades in this cautionary tale for financial professionals." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Dec 15, 2009
3/4 70%

Chelsea on the Rocks (2009)

"A visually poetic, if erratically edited, portrait illustrating how "the energy of this hotel is bigger than the people in it."" ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Oct 14, 2009
3/4 94%

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

"As recounted in Mark Hartley's entertaining documentary, twisted imaginations went wild after the post-'60s liberation from censorship and the introduction of tax breaks." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 21, 2009
3.5/4 93%

Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

"The Goldbergs has been dismissed as schmaltz. Kempner convinces that it deserves better, as does its groundbreaking creator." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Aug 7, 2009
1.5/4 27%

Seven Pounds (2008)

"Will Smith's previous film with director Gabriele Muccino, The Pursuit of Happyness, was a tale well told. Their new one is a gimmicky tale annoyingly told." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
0.5/4 4%

Witless Protection (2008)

" It's sad to watch Yaphet Kotto, as the shady fed, clothesline the stereotypical Muslim motel owner who's already been threatened by Larry with a trip to Gitmo." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 89%

World's Greatest Dad (2009)

"Williams gets laughs from his character's slow implosion: even when things go well for Lance, the potential for humiliation is written all over his face." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
3/4 96%

Triad Election (Hak se wui yi wo wai kwai) (2007)

" Director To doesn't sacrifice substance to style. The over-the-top violent flourishes, more psychological than paint-the-screen-red literal, will burrow under your skin." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
1/4 11%

An American Carol (2008)

"Using sledgehammer gags in the service of a dissent-bashing tale, Zucker aims for the flag-waving brio of Warner Bros. cartoons during World War II, but he succeeds only in ruining Farley's big break." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
1/4 5%

Miss March (2009)

"The boys directed and co-scripted, so there's no one else to blame." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009
1/4 10%

Bride Wars (2009)

"There are no pleasant surprises in this partly-Boston-shot Gary Winick film." ‐ Boston Phoenix
Posted Apr 22, 2009

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)

"The Jim Henson folks, who earlier this year gave us Muppets from Space, come up with another winner." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Urban Legend (1998)

"A proud product of the Scream cookie-cutter!" ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Bachelor (1999)

"Probably the best that can be said about The Bachelor is that it gave a lot of work to female extras." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Muppets From Space (1999)

"The movie has a clever premise that will appeal to all ages!" ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999

The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

"Theron is hardly ready to carry a movie." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999

Pokemon the First Movie - Mewtwo vs. Mew (1999)

"The Japanese animation is beautiful, and the script adaptation for the English-speaking audience is well-paced, clever, and absorbing enough to keep parents from squirming." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999
1/4 5%

Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

"[This] sequel is devoid of personality and has an annoying gratuitous sentimental streak." ‐ Boston Globe
Posted Dec 31, 1999
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