Betsy Sherman

Betsy Sherman
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
84% Her Smell (2019) The performances are fine all around with Moss, of course, the standout. There's a deliciousness to the wholesome name Becky applied to such a gonzo persona. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
97% Tehran Taboo (2018) The movie's intertwining stories are engrossing, with Pari the standout character. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
98% The Last Laugh (2017) What upends The Last Laugh is that the scenes with Firestone, which take up a good percentage of the screen time, follow the template of scores, if not hundreds, of Holocaust-survivor documentaries. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
100% Safe in Hell (1931) A shout-out is deserved as well for two of the finest African-American performers working in Hollywood in the 1930s, Nina Mae McKinney and Clarence Muse. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
69% North Country (2005) North Country gives superb dramatic life to a fictionalized version of the first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit in the U.S. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
76% Match Point (2005) Woody Allen's freshest and most potent film in years manages to be much more than an erotic thriller. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
89% Caché (2005) Michael Haneke's sharp and timely thriller explores how the shadows of a man's past can come back to haunt him with a vengeance. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
80% CSA: The Confederate States of America (2005) [CSA is] an extraordinary new mock-u-mentary. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
50% Manderlay (2006) Although Manderlay is an interesting film, it is not a very important film. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
67% Stolen (2006) Stolen is an exceptionally gorgeous documentary, with polished visuals and pithy editing. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
70% Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) [Mrs. Palfrey] is a stroll off the beaten path. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet Clean (2006) In Clean, Maggie Cheung is a towering presence. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
15% Hannibal Rising (2007) [Hannibal Rising] is a handsome and involving macabre drama, with a pathos that tempers the horror-movie shocks. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
83% This Is the End (2013) This is The End is my kind of Rat Pack movie. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
89% The Iran Job (2013) The Iran Job is an engrossing documentary that cannily integrates basketball and a look at Iranian street life in the months leading up to and including the Green Movement protests. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
100% Le Pont du Nord (2013) This entertaining and provocative work by the now 85-year-old director fits into his oeuvre as a complement to his best known movie among American art-film fans. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
95% Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) (Strangers) (The Lonely Woman) (1954) Despite all the irritating behavior exhibited by both spouses in Journey to Italy, Roberto Rossellini's film is ultimately a work of great compassion. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
65% The Heat (2013) The Heat plays with clichés from a long line of mismatched buddy cop comedies, and it's as good as any in the genre's pantheon. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet Your Day Is My Night (2013) Spending time with this interdependent community makes one recognize new meanings in small actions. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
41% Only God Forgives (2013) Sensationalistic as it may be, with its repetitiveness and slow pacing, Only God Forgives feels embalmed. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
54% Lovelace (2013) The notorious performer's story is told in the provocatively written, well-acted biopic Lovelace. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
28% The Family (2013) While it has its highlights, The Family limits our frame of reference to other movies, rather than anything resembling real life. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet The Legend of Cool Disco Dan (2013) Through the life story of this shy and troubled, but also resilient, young man, the filmmakers successfully shed light on "chocolate" D.C. at the end of the 20th century. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
91% The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté) (1981) The Woman Next Door (1981) unites the sublime Gérard Depardieu with big-screen newcomer Fanny Ardant in a combustible drama about the consequences of passion. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
92% American Hustle (2013) American Hustle has its flaws, major and minor, but it's very entertaining and contains some great performances, especially by the female cast members. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
66% Bad Words (2014) Although rather shallow in its characterizations, Bad Words makes up for this deficiency in its rollicking, R-rated demolition of a familiar character-building institution: the spelling bee. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) Cinematic links are made among graying sideburns, autumn leaves, decaying edifices and the grown-up pleasure of a jazz score. Sadly, the film is a leaky vessel. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
83% The Double (2014) The movie intelligently reimagines the Dostoyevsky novella while retaining the emotional turmoil at its core. It's a brilliantly executed pitch-black comedy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
64% Million Dollar Arm (2014) Given its its male-weepy genre, the "inspirational sports movie based on a true story," Million Dollar Arm is surprisingly enjoyable. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
77% Teenage (2014) The documentary's enjoyable to watch, and refreshingly not tongue-in-cheek. There's a toughness at its core that gives it great value. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
84% Abuse of Weakness (2014) Abuse of Weakness is a fascinating, nicely restrained look at what in retrospect was a parasitic relationship. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
100% Age of Panic (La Bataille de Solférino) (2013) Here is where Age of Panic goes where few movies have gone before: the crowd scenes are real. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
97% No No: A Dockumentary (2014) No No: A Dockumentary presents a textured portrait, but there's something odd about it. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
77% Rosewater (2014) Rosewater, scripted and directed by Jon Stewart, is a work of skill as well as passion - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
89% Mommy (2015) Xavier Dolan's film gets under the skin, and stays there. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet 61 Bullets (2014) The absence of a "smoking gun" doesn't make the film any less fascinating. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
96% Welcome To Leith (2015) Welcome to Leith shows what Can Happen Here, though instead of the old warning "watch the skies," those who can stomach it will have to keep their eyes on hate-speech websites. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% H. (2014) H. relies on clever editing manipulations and pithy reaction shots rather than on flashy special effects. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
49% Adult Beginners (2015) Adult Beginners is watchable as extra credit for students of the genre; otherwise, it's not compulsory. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Happily, Blythe Danner is the central figure in an immensely pleasurable indie film that blends the integrity of an art film with the cozy accessibility of the mainstream. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
84% Call Me Lucky (2015) A labor of love that's more than merely that, Call Me Lucky is one of the few great movies to come out so far this year. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
100% Stray Dog (2015) Stray Dog shows us again and again, through its protagonist's words and actions, that you can't judge a book by its cover, or its red neck. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
88% The Lady In The Van (2015) The Lady in the Van is quite enjoyable, but has a significant flaw. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
83% Kate Plays Christine (2016) Blurring the line between narrative and non-fiction, Robert Greene's Kate Plays Christine is a magnetic tale of investigation. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
No Score Yet Boone (2016) One of the most gorgeous films in recent memory. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
90% A Bigger Splash (2016) A Bigger Splash has a pleasing richness wherein the sensual elements bind the individual characters to each other, and to nature. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
78% Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016) Popstar's silliness is monumental, and wonderful. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
92% Demon (2016) Demon is a powerful movie that, once seen, can't be easily shaken off. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
85% Sylvio (2017) The absurdist comedy Sylvio suffers from chronic low energy. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017
92% Spettacolo (2017) As sobering as all this sounds, the movie is not a downer. There's so much to admire in the players' creativity and courage to speak their minds. - Arts Fuse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2017