Betsy Bozdech

Betsy Bozdech
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a lifelong movie lover who's been fortunate enough to be able to make writing about cinema part of my professional life. Ever since I made the leap into entertainment writing in 2000 (thanks to a job at Reel.com), I've been reviewing movies and DVDs for the likes of Hollywood.com and DVDJournal.com -- more than 350 movies altogether, at last count -- and I'll keep doing it as long as they'll let me.
Favorites:
Network, The Princess Bride, The Shawshank Redemption, Strictly Ballroom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Meet the Parents, Little Miss Sunshine, Arsenic and Old Lace, Singin' in the Rain, Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Location: Alameda, CA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet Out of Omaha (2019) Excellent coming-of-age docu; cursing, drinking, smoking. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Anne of Green Gables - The Sequel (Anne of Avonlea) (1987) Loyal fans of the books may not like some of the liberties that filmmaker Kevin Sullivan has taken with the plot, but ultimately the movie stays true to the spirit of both Anne and the novels, and there's a lot to enjoy here. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
4/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) Charming comedy celebrates family ties and The Boss. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3/5 33% Wonder Park (2019) Imaginative but intense adventure deals with worry and fear. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
4/5 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Lego friends back for more adventure, action in fun sequel. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
23% Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) A compellingly human film. - AWFJ Women on Film EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
3/5 62% Every Day (2018) Book-based teen romance has messages of empathy, diversity. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
4/5 85% Wonder (2017) Earnest, emotional book adaptation has strong messages. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2017
4/5 85% Battle of the Sexes (2017) Moving dramedy serves up sexism, sexuality; lots of smoking. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
3/5 7% The Emoji Movie (2017) Positive messages, but colorful adventure is mostly "meh." - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
4/5 92% Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Diverse, entertaining reboot has some language, violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
4/5 98% The Big Sick (2017) Thoughtful romantic dramedy has swearing, drinking, sex. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 88% Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Captain Underpants) (2017) Book-based adventure is fun ... if you like potty humor. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
3/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Animated comedy about sibling rivalry has peril, body humor. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2017
4/5 91% I Am Jane Doe (2017) Wrenching doc about underage sex trafficking, legal battles. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 89% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Clever, creative, action-packed adventure/toy ad. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 76% Trolls (2016) Fun, colorful adventure has some peril, lots of great music. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 73% The Secret Life of Pets (2016) Adventure is clever and engaging, despite animals in peril. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
4/5 87% The Peanuts Movie (2015) Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2015
3/5 73% Suffragette (2015) Eye-opening drama about equality raises big questions. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
4/5 93% A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015) Outstanding role model urges kids to stand up to bullies. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2015
3/5 52% Live From New York! (2015) Docu underlines Saturday Night Live's cultural impact. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2015
5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) Beautiful, original story about handling big feelings. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 81% Batkid Begins (2015) Tremendously heartwarming, positive docu for all ages. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
4/5 77% The Boxtrolls (2014) Imaginative adventure has lots of peril, nasty villain. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/5 44% I.Q. (1994) Breezy, quirky romcom is predictable but sweet. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2013
4/5 89% Roxanne (1987) Charming '80s romantic comedy has innuendo, swearing. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 80% The Snowman (1982) Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 87% Life of Pi (2012) Beautiful, emotional, intense story of faith and friendship. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2012
4/5 70% Sexy Baby (2012) Provocative docu questions media's impact on girls' image. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2012
4/5 80% Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) Quirky mix of laughs, romance, strong violence. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2012
3/5 82% Innerspace (1987) '80s sci-fi adventure comedy has some drinking, swearing. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2012
4/5 85% Bully (2012) Powerful documentary addresses critically important issue for kids. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2012
4/5 95% The Artist (2011) Loving tribute to silent films has a few tense moments. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2011
3/5 80% Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Comic book adventure mixes patriotism, explosive action. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2011
3/5 70% Ramona and Beezus (2010) Beloved book girl comes to life in sweet, kid-friendly tale. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2010
3/5 45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Fun, fast-paced sequel is more upbeat than the original. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2009
4/5 66% The History Boys (2006) The History Boys is much less about lighting and composition than it is about Bennett's sharp, insightful script. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2008
3/5 53% City of Ember (2008) Fast-paced fantasy has lots of tense moments. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2008
4/5 82% Tsotsi (Thug) (2006) Gavin Hood's Oscar-nominated tale about a young South African gangster who gets an unexpected chance at redemption is literally a world apart from anything produced by Hollywood. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2008
3/4 70% American Teen (2008) Candid, intimate, and often heart-wrenching, Nanette Burstein's documentary captures the confusion and agony of living through high school. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2008
4/5 51% Nim's Island (2008) Book-based tropical adventure is good family fun. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2008
2.5/4 46% My Blueberry Nights (2007) Wong Kar Wai's dreamy film boasts strong performances but ultimately feels more like a wistful character study than a heartfelt romance. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2008
2.5/4 55% Flawless (2008) For a movie about a diamond heist, Michael Radford's talky, 1960s-set Flawless lacks sparkle--despite strong period detail, earnest messages, and committed performances. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2008
2/4 54% Married Life (2008) Stuck somewhere between a dark comedy and a thriller, director Ira Sachs' Married Life doesn't really work as either, leaving its strong cast adrift. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2008
3/5 78% Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) A charming mix of screwball comedy and poignant romance, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is lighthearted period fun. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2008
3/5 71% Definitely, Maybe (2008) Teen-friendly romcom about love's ups and downs. - Common Sense Media EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2008
3/4 96% 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) Starkly, brutally honest, Cristian Mungiu's well-acted abortion drama paints a bleak picture of Romanian life in the late '80s. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
2.5/4 65% How She Move (2008) Thanks to earnest performances and flat-out amazing dancing, the fairly predictable inner-city drama of How She Move feels surprisingly fresh. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2008
3/4 65% The Kite Runner (2007) Faithful to the bestselling novel on which it's based, The Kite Runner is a thoughtful, often heart-wrenching story about betrayal and redemption. - Hollywood.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2007