Betty Jo Tucker

Betty Jo Tucker
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
"All I know is what I see in the movies," Betty Jo insists. She's the editor/lead film critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and writes film commentary for the C0LORADO SENIOR BEACON. She is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and helped found the San Diego Film Critics Society. CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, Betty Jo's humorous life-at-the-movies memoir, is available now at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and borders.com. Her latest book, SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK, which received Honorable Mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival, can also be ordered online from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Betty Jo recently began hosting "Movie Addict Headquarters" on BlogTalkRadio.
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
89% Klaus (2019) At first this film looks mean and dark but finishes with joy and spark. 'Klaus' ends up being a wonderful way to start the holiday season. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2019
No Score Yet Love Is Blind (2019) Unique and lovely, LOVE IS BLIND enchants us as one-of-a-kind. It opens your heart and your eyes. A romance film full of surprise - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
71% The King (2019) Chalamet as the King is fine. His voice and diction simply shine. Plus, Pattinson inhabits the Dauphin role with every nerve in his body. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2019
No Score Yet It Takes a Lunatic (2019) Wynn Handman is the master here, revealed on screen for us to cheer. Such great respect this man has earned. And I'm inspired by what I learned. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
60% High Strung Free Dance (2019) 'High Strung Free Dance' simply bowled me over. It's a must-see movie for all dance fans! Think 'A Chorus Line' meets '42nd Street.' - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2019
83% Judy (2019) The last big scene of 'Judy' probably cinches an Oscar for Zellweger, which would be ironic because the real Judy Garland failed to win one for her amazing performance in 'A Star Is Born.' - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2019
37% In the Tall Grass (2019) The repetition of characters shouting to each other about where they are and too many dark scenes during the last part of the film almost put us to sleep -- but that eerie grassy field sure looks alive! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
60% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) Because of Boyd Holbrook's fine performance as an obsessed police officer, I tried to stay with the complicated story. Unfortunately, this mysterious time-travel crime film is more than complicated. It's downright confusing. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
92% Netizens (2018) It's not easy to watch 'Netizens,' but this revealing documentary ends up as a must-see for everyone interested in justice and fair play. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2019
86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) The humanity and beauty of this remarkable documentary absolutely overwhelmed me. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) To me, the highlights of this great documentary are the clips of Ronstadt belting out 'You're No Good,' 'When Will I Be Loved,' 'Blue Bayou' and 'Desperado.' What a voice! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
No Score Yet Kardec (2019) Although the subject matter lends itself to confusion and the dialogue seems a bit flat, period costumes and interesting settings help us feel a sense of place, and that's important for a movie like this. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019) What a wonderful experience it is to be taken on Pamela B. Green's tenacious journey to uncover the story of the first female director, screenwriter, producer and studio owner! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
26% Otherhood (2019) Short on laughter, the fun seems fake. Pouts and shouting are hard to take. Three lovely stars try acting their best. Yet humor fails the comedy test. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
15% A Score to Settle (2019) Nicolas Cage chose the right amount of restraint in his portrayal of the unhappy, obsessed lead character in "A Score to Settle." But he has one almost over-the-top scene that will stay with you after the credits roll. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2019
31% Secret Obsession (2019) Too bad some scenes of 'Secret Obsession' appear a bit repetitive and hard to believe. Still, I never lost interest in brave Jennifer's plight. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
41% Point Blank (2019) Who cares if the ending of "Point Blank" seems a bit cheesy? It's the exciting journey that counts. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2019
45% Murder Mystery (2019) Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler are no strangers to comedy, so they try their best. But most of their comic banter falls flat. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) Joy of music in each scene glows. The Beatles genius through it flows. 'Yesterday' mines this gold so well, we must fall under its sweet spell. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2019
100% Blood Will Tell (La misma sangre) (2019) Pace moves too slowly with suspense. Still, what's revealed does make some sense. A puzzling film that's hard to view means patience needed to see it through. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
No Score Yet Remember Amnesia (2019) With this fourth film, writer/director Ravi Godse gives us another wonderful movie to enjoy! 'Remember Amnesia' is filled with romance, suspense, comedy, and witty dialogue. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
90% Plus One (2019) This rom-com made me laugh a lot. Fine performers and clever plot. With edginess, humor and heart, it charmed me right from the start. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2019
60% Good Sam (2019) Because actress Tiya Sircar projects such an appealing personality in the lead role, and the plot offers some fascinating twists and turns, this movie delighted me. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
66% Wine Country (2019) If you think watching a group of middle-aged women rolling down a hill is funny, 'Wine Country' is for you. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
56% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) What in the world has casting done? Ted Bundy played by Zak Efron! A decision like that seems bold. And yet it proves to be true gold. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
82% Someone Great (2019) Much of the dialogue seems sketchy and peppered with too many crude comments, but I admire this rom-com's emphasis on diversity and friendship. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) A special experience for move fans! Fantasy, memories, dreams, time-jumping, filmmaking, action, literature, comedy, drama, romance -- all parade across the screen for our viewing pleasure. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2019
69% The Perfect Date (2019) The cute push-pull chemistry between Noah Centineo and Laura Marano sealed the deal for me. Full disclosure: I'm an incurable romantic. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Although not a classic like the original Mary Poppins movie, this charming sequel is entertaining and heart-tugging. I especially enjoyed the colorful musical numbers. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
63% Unicorn Store (2019) This whimsical movie starring Brie Larson and featuring Samuel L. Jackson in a key role surprised me with its unusual casting and heartwarming essence. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
57% The Highwaymen (2019) Too bad 'The Highwaymen' plods along with so many similar scenes. Amusing banter between the co-stars helps but not enough to prevent the urge to nod off a bit. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
37% Out of Blue (2019) This haunting detective story fascinated me because of its dreamlike, neo-noir feeling and the added layer of cosmology as a backdrop to the crime. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
72% Triple Frontier (2019) 'Triple Frontier' should be prime fodder for heist movie fans. There's hardly a dull moment in director J. C. Chandor's film about the unexpected consequences of a jungle robbery. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
86% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) An inspiring true story about a courageous young boy who persisted with his inventive idea that saved many lives in Malawi, Africa. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
43% Paris Is Us (2019) 'Paris Is Us' ranks as the Number One most intense movie about the grieving process I have ever seen. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2019
89% The Breaker Upperers (2018) This New Zealand film had me in stitches most of the time, thanks to its hilarious co-stars Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beck. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
11% Berlin, I Love You (2019) Some stories here are purest gold while others pale yet seem so bold. A mixed bag , for sure. But cheers for that beautiful fantasy dancing in the park and the delightful puppeteer segment! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
63% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) 'Velvet Buzzsaw' offers subtle humor along with exciting thrills and chills, especially when paintings start coming to life. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
80% Elephants (2018) Romantic scenes ring true in 'Elephants,' and the lovers' fiery arguments remind me of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's ferocious interactions in 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
37% Close (2019) An intriguing female-driven thriller with fascinating performances by Noomi Rapace, Sophie Nelisse and Indira Varma. Plus, there's plenty of mystery to pique our interest. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2019
53% The Last Laugh (2019) Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss know the way to entertain us! Watching these two is lots of fun -- with a tear or two when it's done. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) A tale like this is tough to tell. And with two Queens it's hard to gel. Saoirse and Margot act with heart. They will survive to do more art. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
88% Love, Gilda (2018) Who doesn't love Gilda? Tied together with Radner's own words, sometimes read by current comedians and comediennes, this documentary is a well-deserved homage to a terrific entertainer. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
63% Bird Box (2018) Too many questions go unanswered in 'Bird Box.' Perhaps the novel explains things, but the movie leaves us being unsure of why the horrific events are happening. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
66% Vice (2018) Christian Bale managed to project a Dick Cheney aura, but Sam Rockwell really convinced me he was George W. Bush! - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
96% Roma (2018) Filmed in glorious black and white, 'Roma' is another Alfonso Cuarón cinematic masterpiece. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
85% Dumplin' (2018) 'DUMPLIN' delivers an important message and also ends up being a must-see for Dolly Parton fans and for people who love films about beauty pageants. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
80% At Eternity's Gate (2018) Because of Willem Dafoe's revelatory performance and Benoit Delhomme's excellent cinematography, we seem to see things through Vincent Van Gogh's eyes. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
59% The Front Runner (2018) Everything about this riveting drama feels real to me. However, it opens old wounds regarding a political mess that's not something I like to remember. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2018
62% Outlaw King (2018) While 'Outlaw King" includes impressive cinematography and excellent performances, it seems difficult to follow. Also, it's less than exciting, despite all the action and bloodshed on screen. - ReelTalk Movie Reviews EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018