Betsy Pickle

Betsy Pickle is a freelance film critic and journalist. She was the film critic at the Knoxville News Sentinel from May 1985 to November 2008. A Knoxville native, she graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in communications. In 1992, Betsy co-founded the Southeastern Film Critics Association, a group that has grown to more than 40 members in nine states. She served as SEFCA's president 2001-2004. She is a past member of the advisory council of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and has served as a judge at the Nashville Film Festival, the Asheville Film Festival and the late and lamented Valleyfest Film Festival. Her reviews and features have appeared in newspapers from Atlanta to Anchorage and Stuart, Fla., to Sacramento, Calif.


Articles by Betsy Pickle


Top Ten 2012 – Betsy Pickle

1. Silver Linings Playbook

2. Django Unchained

3. This Is 40

4. Argo

5. Life of Pi

6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

7. In the Family

8. Lincoln

9. The Sessions

10. The Grey

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AWFJ Women On Film – Patricia Neal, 1926-2010 – Betsy Pickle comments (Exclusive)

Academy Award winner Patricia Neal, who died Sunday at her Martha’s Vineyard home, may seem to have been one of the last of her kind, but she actually was one of a kind.

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AWFJ Women On Film – Betsy Pickle’s Top Ten of 2009

1. That Evening Sun

2. Up in the Air

3. (500) Days of Summer

4. Avatar

5. The Messenger

6. Inglourious Basterds

7. In the Loop

8. Bright Star

9. An Education

10. Julie & Julia

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AWFJ Women On Film – “2012″ – Betsy Pickle reviews

In “2012,” there’s got to be a morning after, if for no other reason than formulaic disaster epics have to have some measure of hope at the end.

And make no mistake: “2012″ is a formulaic disaster epic — to the 10th power. As in, with its characters dodging the non-stop dangers of massive earthquakes, lava fireballs, tumbling architectural landmarks and behemoth tidal waves, it seems as much like a prototype for a theme-park virtual thrill ride as it does a movie. Holy shifting tectonic plates, Batman!

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AWFJ Women On Film – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Betsy Pickle reviews

Time supposedly flies when you’re having fun, which is probably why “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” makes you feel as though you’ve been trapped in the theater for days, being assaulted by toys posing as gigantic metal machines.

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Women On Film – “Pink Panther 2″ – Betsy Pickle reviews

Green is the new pink. At any rate, it’s the color evoked by “The Pink Panther 2.” Anyone who watches this dismal attempt at comedy is sure to feel sick afterward, if not during.

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Women On Film – “New In Town” – Betsy Pickle reviews

Pizza and beer aren’t the only traditions rolled out annually on Super Bowl weekend. One that’s even staler is the inevitable release of a so-called chick flick. Studios figure there’ll be femmes seeking respite from gridiron mania who’ll head to movie theaters in search of something less brutal and tedious. The trouble is, what women find at the local multiplex usually turns out to be, ahem, brutally tedious.

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“Moving Midway” – Betsy Pickle reviews

When film critic Godfrey Cheshire set out to make a documentary about the uprooting of his ancestral family plantation outside of Raleigh, N.C., he knew he wanted his film to be more than a literal chronicle of a large-scale house-moving endeavor. Read more>>

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“The House Bunny” – Betsy Pickle reviews

After a summer of gross-out comedies heavy on male bonding, “The House Bunny” is a welcome sight. Sure, it’s not a film that most feminists will embrace, but it provides a bit of relief from the unrelenting barrage of guy-centric entertainment. Whether audiences see “The House Bunny” as equal time or an equal-opportunity offender, at least it has more than two women in the cast. And to have Anna Faris heading that cast, well, that’s a win in itself. Read more>>

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“Mamma Mia!” – Betsy Pickle reviews

The comedy and romance should appeal even to non-ABBA fans. Only those with the hardest of hearts will be able to resist “Mamma Mia!” Read more>>

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“How She Move” – Betsy Pickle reviews

“How She Move” does something that few other step-dancing/street-dancing/win-the-big-show hip-hop movies have managed to do. It surrounds its flashy moves with interesting, well-developed characters and a realistic story that should resonate with teens and adults alike. Read more>>

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“Untraceable” – Betsy Pickle reviews

The thriller “Untraceable” doesn’t quite know who its villain is: the everyday technology that people assume is there to help; a society so numb to torture and degradation that it welcomes them as spectator sports; or the unbalanced youth who revels in watching his sadistic games become the latest sensation on the Internet. Read more>>

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