Betsy Sharkey


Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey is an award-winning entertainment journalist and bestselling author. In addition to her critical essays and reviews of about 200 films a year for The Times, Sharkey’s weekly movie reviews appear in newspapers nationally and internationally. She is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the Society for Professional Journalists and Cinema for Peace’s international jury. Her books include collaborations with Oscar-winning actresses Faye Dunaway on “Looking for Gatsby” and Marlee Matlin on “I'll Scream Later.” Sharkey, who holds a degree in journalism and a master’s in communications theory from Texas Christian University, began her career in Texas but now calls California home.

Recent Articles

  • 'Alexander's' day isn't so terrible, film isn't so great
    'Alexander's' day isn't so terrible, film isn't so great

    Like so many family movies of the past, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" rests on the idea of the innocent and the unsuspecting caught in embarrassing, but amusing, situations. I believe it's technically referred to as the shock-and-scream effect.

  • 'Lilting' a lyrical, emotional play on language
    'Lilting' a lyrical, emotional play on language

    "Lilting," starring Cheng Pei-pei and Ben Whishaw, is a lyrical little chamber piece on language, playing with what words mean, what the body says, what is understood and what is not.