For 962 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Missing Picture
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
962 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a soaring achievement, without ever leaving the ground.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    With elegant, clockwork construction, Smith has transplanted his novel of greed, betrayal and getting what you deserve to the screen, where it is told by director Sam Raimi with a spareness befitting the whiteness of its snowed-in setting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As quintessential a story of American ambition as Welles' own "Citizen Kane."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Paltrow and Fiennes are so good and the script, referencing not only "Romeo and Juliet" but "Twelfth Night," is so consistently intelligent that seduction is inevitable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    That rare cinematic experience-a movie so close to pure perfection that it seems a shame to spoil it by even reading a review beforehand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sure, the animation work is great, but it's the actors and their subtle, complex vocal performances that make us care about these fairy-tale characters. Shrek 2 is all about fantasy, but its characters are rousingly, affectingly real -- not to mention real, real funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It knocks you off your feet and leaves you shaken.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sean Penn makes a striking screen presence in This Must Be the Place, a smart, funny and original road movie by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo").
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Many thematic ingredients come together in Farhadi’s rich stew of a story: jealousy, resentment, betrayal, forgiveness, healing. The filmmaker stirs them, with the touch of a master, into a dish that both stimulates and nourishes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Van Dormael has crafted a saga that, even at two-plus hours, is endlessly, enormously watchable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Joe
    Nicolas Cage delivers what may his best, most nuanced performance yet in the gritty, hypnotic and deeply moving Joe.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As haunting as it is haunted, The Missing Picture leaves viewers’ heads rattling with ghosts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its charms, and they are both subtle and many, emanate like perfume.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Spielmann doesn't move his camera much, but he doesn't have to. The uniformly crackerjack cast keeps things electric, yet always believable, even when behaving in ways that are shocking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Will keep you awake, jittery and perched on the edge of your seat for pretty much the entire flight.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Their characters' desire (Scott Thomas and Zylberstein) -- no, need -- to repair their fragile bond feels as achingly real as the mother lode of hidden pain that gets exposed by the work of these two great actresses.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Mostly, though, it's a film about that hollow feeling that hits you when the tears have all dried up and your face hurts way too much to even crack a smile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Troubling and powerful film, lingering on screen well into the final credits and in the minds of its audience long after the house lights have come on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is through the genius of Frears, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and this talented cast that Liam lets no one off the hook, least of all the audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wise, funny, sweet, sexy and kind.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral – a tale full of sound and visual fury, signifying, if not exactly nothing, then something not so readily articulated in words.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Although the cast is uniformly strong, the real revelation here is "The X-Files' " Anderson, who plays Lily with subtle gradations of emotional depth unexpected from someone who has made a career out of deadpan.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    A gift for those already in the fold, for those who get the joke and just want to savor it with other like-minded fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The plot is far from intricate, but Waking Ned Devine more than makes up for its narrative simplicity with a uniformly engaging cast of Hibernian oddballs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The nail-biting quality of Shackleton's true story outdoes any dramatic fiction on the market.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Old-fashioned moviemaking at its best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Jack is just one of a dozen enormously appealing personalities in Out of Sight.