Betty Jo Tucker

Betty Jo Tucker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Betty Jo Tucker serves as editor/lead film critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews. She also writes film commentary for the Colorado Senior Beacon and is the award-winning author of Confessions of a Movie Addict, Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick, Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, and Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies. Using the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence, Betty Jo and her husband Larry co-wrote It Had To Be Us, a romantic memoir adapted for the screen under the title of CAKE: A Love Story , which earned First Place in the Short Film category at the NSAEN Online International Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime. She hosts a radio show, Movie Addict Headquarters, on BlogTalkRadio. She is also a co-founder of the San Diego Film Critics Society, a member of the Online Film Critics Society and an approved Rotten Tomatoes critic.
Favorites:
Singin' in the Rain, Vertigo, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Moulin Rouge, Kolya, Wizard of Oz, Shall We Dance?, Tortilla Soup, Blazing Saddles, The Mystic Masseur, Don Juan DeMarco, Witness, Not One Less, Night of the Hunter, Little Voice, Gilda, Breakdown, Horseman on the Roof, Manchurian Candidate
Publications: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Location: Colorado
Official Websites: reeltalkreviews.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) Part 3 makes your blood curdle, especially during the gory mall killer attacks. And it also scars your soul. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
89% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Bloody events in Camp Nightwing! The witch's curse goes in full swing. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
84% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Too many scenes too dark to see. Decoding them is misery. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
42% The Ice Road (2021) Almost too much tension to take. Yet what happens keeps us awake. The Ice Road boasts action galore. Plus with Neeson, who asks for more? - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
66% Fatherhood (2021) If you love movies from the heart, you can't beat this one. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) The most exuberant movie musical ever! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) Watching this riveting action thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Finn Little raised my blood pressure and held my interest from start to finish. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Zombies, zombies everywhere! Watch them carefully if you dare. Audacious filming is non-stop. Scenes of horror cause eyes to pop! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
20% The Virtuoso (2021) I recommend The Virtuoso to patient viewers who enjoy less action but more depth of character portrayals - even in hit man sagas. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
26% The Woman in the Window (2021) The Woman in the Window ends up being confusing and nothing like Hitchcock's more compelling Rear Window. However, a strong performance by Amy Adams makes the film worth seeing. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
No Score Yet Into the Beat (2021) Dancing reigns in Into the Beat. Ballet and hip-hop here compete. The dance routines look great and new, but ballet numbers are too few. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
No Score Yet The Runner (2021) Although The Runner may not be easy to watch, it's an exciting cinematic experience. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
66% Eat Wheaties! (2021) A movie with a heart of gold, "Eat Wheaties!" is a tale well told. All actors here are fun to see. The poignant humor got to me. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
21% Thunder Force (2021) Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy share outrageous dining and dancing sequences that almost save ' Thunder Force.' - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2021
92% Another Round (Druk) (2020) Mads Mikkelsen deserves praise for his terrific turn as a boring middle-aged teacher who gets involved in a reckless alcohol experiment. One of his close-ups shows the saddest face I've ever seen on screen. It's heartbreaking. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2021
98% The Father (2021) This compelling drama is definitely NOT a feel-good offering. However, it IS deeply moving and enlightening. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
No Score Yet Bad Impulse (2019) This clever thriller impressed me with its timely theme, suspenseful presentation, and shocking ending. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
69% Moxie (2021) Serious theme with comic turn, 'Moxie' includes a lot to learn. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
78% I Care a Lot (2021) Rosamund Pike plays sharp villain, a role she seems so comfy in. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
94% Nomadland (2021) Frances McDormand makes us care in a role where her soul is bare. For me, 'Nomadland' is poetry in motion. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2021
78% To All The Boys: Always And Forever (2021) Frantic pacing and too much noise tarnish the gold in this last 'Boys.' Yet tender love scenes make us smile and entertain us for a while. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2021
58% Malcolm & Marie (2020) Film critics get criticized here (ouch!) in a tirade that's fun to hear. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) 'Promising Young Woman' takes us on a journey hard to discuss. But Carey Mulligan proves here she might be actress of the year. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
91% The White Tiger (2020) Despite its splendid performances, 'The White Tiger' lost me during the last part of the story. It seemed like a preview for a sequel instead of a satisfactory ending to a major film. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Director and star George Clooney gets most of the close-ups here, and he's definitely ready for them. His expressive facial reactions to each crucial situation are quite impressive. I - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
55% The Prom (2020) Broadway actors take on PTA. But will they win and save the day? No matter how this film turns out, you'll enjoy its musical clout. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) This Netflix offering showcases stunning acting by Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Despite confusing flashbacks in the film, they should be major contenders in this year's awards season. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) 'Jingle Jangle' - a lot to see. Songs and dances, so Christmassy! Toys and gadgets float through the air, designed for fun and with great flair! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
81% Over the Moon (2020) Animation, so eye-catching, makes thIs fine film well worth watching! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
39% Rebecca (2020) Hitchcock's version wins out, I claim. The master still retains his fame. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
No Score Yet The Mothman Legacy (2020) I applaud the way writer/director Seth Breedlove makes sure to cover questions about the origins of this terrifying urban legend and how deep it goes for believers. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
91% Enola Holmes (2020) Delightfully entertaining, 'Enola Holmes' should be the beginning of a fun film franchise. Something good is afoot! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
63% Blackbird (2020) Filmed lovingly plus splendid cast. With sad subject will viewers last? I hope we're strong enough to see a movie of this quality. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
63% The Owners (2020) Not for scaredy cats, no siree. Almost too frightening for me! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
58% Tesla (2020) Artistic scenes in TESLA glow. What do they mean? It's hard to know. Futuristic, Tesla's thinking. He must be up there -- and winking! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
71% All Together Now (2020) When this movie ended, my husband said, 'I want to see a sequel!' I agree. One movie about the great Amber Appleton is not enough. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
61% Project Power (2020) Although the star power of Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt shines in this exciting Netflix offering, it's young Dominique Fishback who sparkles the brightest. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
85% Work It (2020) 'Work It' boasts a passion for dance plus a touch of teenage romance. It ends up as a fun dance flick. Great dancing here the winning trick. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
60% Latte and the Magic Waterstone (2019) Princess Latte, a brave hedgehog with a mission, leaves all agog. Cute characters and lessons here. But tiny tots might shed a tear. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
71% Amulet (2020) This horror flick seems gone awry, but actors give it a grand try! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
19% Fatal Affair (2020) Though repetition dampens the chills, 'Fatal Affair' boasts a few thrills. Too many cuts to ocean waves. Yet acting almost this film saves. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) Charlize Theron, practically unrecognizable here, does an excellent job projecting her character's inner conflict and how that impacts her relationship with a new immortal trying to understand what's happening. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2020
63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Across the screen fun music bursts -- enough to quench many fans thirsts. Hooray for comedies like this! It put me in a state of bliss. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2020
65% The Lovebirds (2020) Along with Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani's terrific chemistry together on screen, their comic timing seems perfect. Here's hoping they appear in more movies together. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) Although this comedy-drama starring one of our SNL favorites failed to evoke much laughter from me or my husband, both of us appreciate the humanity and hope the film offers. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2020
85% Mr. Jones (2020) 'Mr. Jones' may be hard to see. But check out this smart history. Challenging film, oh yes indeed. Probably one we need to heed. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
91% End of Sentence (2020) Humans and Nature combine here to make us shed more than one tear. Still, 'End of Sentence' deserves cheers. It shines a light on hope, not tears. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
77% Judy & Punch (2020) Thanks to director/writer Mirrah Foulkes for this entertaining gift of dark humor combined with female revenge. It's both funny and scary ! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
39% Blood and Money (2020) Tom Berenger endows the main character with a world-weary persona that moved me in every scene of this excellent snowy thriller. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
79% How to Build a Girl (2020) Whimsy and warmth come into play and save this film in their own way. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020