Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,071 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

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Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 This Must Be the Place
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,071 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Elemental speaks to the importance of protecting the natural elements: water, air, earth. It’s a beautifully filmed piece, even when it’s showing us white clouds of pollutants billowing out of a smokestack.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Look of Love also is filled with acres and acres of naked flesh, but it’s the storytelling that keeps you engaged.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The joke seems to be that in 2013, it’s hard to teach an old bloodsucker new tricks. Still, Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    One thing the film does do, if only inadvertently, is offer insight as to how we have gotten to this state of affairs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film’s counterintuitive success is largely due to Derbez, who demonstrates why he is beloved, both south and north of the border.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie is about so much more than politics. Growing up, growing disillusioned, gaining wisdom — these are the themes of Levitt’s slight but eminently watchable film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Levine brings a lot of visual style to “Mandy,” in addition to coaxing subdued, believable performances from his young cast.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Starbuck was a funny and warm-hearted trifle. So is Delivery Man.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Armstrong Lie is thorough, fair and thoughtful. It may not, however, close the book on the scandal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    In general, Lee directs with less visual verve than Park. Anchored by Brolin, who brings an almost simian physicality to his portrayal, this Oldboy feels simultaneously less showy, less nightmarish and less epic than the original.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite Page’s excellent voiceover, “Bettie Page” suffers from embarrassingly choppy editing and a parade of stock film clips used to illustrate episodes recounted by its subject.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film feels claustrophobic at times, and stagy. It helps that the supporting cast is uniformly good.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Gimme Shelter has a lighter touch than you might think. Yet there are times when its attempts at wringing drama out of real life are more strenuous than is strictly necessary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Compared to the “Fast and Furious” films, Hours is a chamber piece, but Walker wrings real pathos out of his instrument.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Collet-Serra, who directed Neeson in “Unknown,” has a knack for keeping things lively and moving forward. There are moments of humor, gripping action and real terror.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Adler nicely harnesses the mounting volatility of this situation, which builds to an intense if tragic conclusion.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Though writer-director Richard Shepard (“The Matador”) knows how to spin a yarn about the vicissitudes of fate, Dom’s adventures make for a pretty thin garment in which to cloth such an outsize antihero.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is less deeply affecting than merely admirable. It’s a good, slick and well-intentioned film that wants so hard to be an important one that the slight feeling of letdown it leaves is magnified.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    There’s a far more interesting movie taking place alongside this more than slightly silly one.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The story’s message may not be the most original one in the world — put down your device and make eye contact — but it’s fun to watch it unfold in a world that, while far from realistic, feels real enough.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Fortunately, the monsters are actually kind of a kick. And isn’t that why you go to see a movie like this anyway?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Double retains all of Dostoevsky’s central themes. Madness, alienation and the loss of identity swirl around the film’s edges like film-noir fog. At the same time, the filmmakers inject a much-needed dose of dark humor into the tale.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The real problem with A Million Ways to Die in the West is one of editing. There are a million jokes in it, but only 500,000 of them are funny.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    “Restrepo” felt like the story of how boys become men. Korengal feels like the story of how strangers become family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The absence of legal details makes the movie something of a cheat. It offers few insights about the case from the official side, let alone about the machinations of Ai’s legal team.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Segel and Diaz are gifted and game comedians, with a lot of audience appeal. But Lowe clearly upstages them, consummating their Sex Tape — and making you want to roll over and have a cigarette — while there’s still one reel to go.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film ends with an ambiguous, yet powerful conclusion. It doesn’t answer the question it raises, yet the way it’s asked keeps it echoing in your head. Except that Cahill can’t seem to leave well enough alone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The sense, in the first half of the film, that love and contentment are attainable dreams slowly gives way to the more existential notion that happiness is really just a fairy tale.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The final destination of A Five Star Life is well worth the wait, but the service is so slow that some viewers may check out early.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Pay 2 Play makes no new revelations... The difference with this movie is that it actually means to inspire hope.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wetlands has only a sketchy plot, based largely on Helen’s dreams, fantasies and childhood memories. It isn’t terribly clear where the movie — or its hedonistic heroine — is going, but getting there is one wild ride.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Take Me to the River includes just enough history of the civil rights era to lend it gravitas. The color-blind recording practices of studios like Stax were an anomaly at the time and are well worth noting. But it’s the music people will want to hearken to.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite the film’s heavy-handed effort at vindication, Renner manages to deliver a performance that is complex and satisfyingly contradictory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s engaging and watchable, even as it marches toward a seemingly suicidal climax. Yet the complex dynamic between Wardaddy and his men is far more fascinating.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    A lovingly laid-back documentary about the charms, liquid and otherwise, of the traditional Irish watering hole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie is an intellectual puzzle, the outcome of which is never in doubt. Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Jackson’s storytelling at this point is so driven by green-screen trickery and digital legerdemain that he seems to have forgotten about human emotion.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Cares not a whit for such arbitrary concepts as justice, crime or punishment. It understands the relativism of right and wrong and takes a kind of perverse pleasure in reminding us that there are some things we'll never know.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite the unforced humor and honesty in the performances of its young and talented cast, The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Although Monkeybone will undoubtedly make you laugh at its slapstick highjinks, the irony is that for a movie that's ultimately about soul, that's the one commodity that's in precious short supply up on the screen.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A generally well-made tale of humor and hard luck.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Charming but slight comedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    There's actually a lot going on in this little movie, and first-time feature director Stephen Daldry, turning his talents from the theater, handles all of it deftly.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A jaundiced view of litigation, however authentic, is not necessarily the stuff of great drama, even of the legal-thriller variety, which by definition is confined to a claustrophobic courtroom.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Where Town and Country gets really good and weird – and I do mean good – is only after about an hour into it in deepest, darkest Idaho.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    One half of a very funny movie, and half a funny movie is better than none.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The kind of stunning and contentious work of art that will leave a lot of folks speechless.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Overwhelmingly predictable despite its cute surprise ending, Tortilla Soup is a filling but unoriginal dish.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A mediocre production that nevertheless will strike a deep and resonant chord with viewers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sappy but sweet B-ball Cinderella story that succeeds thanks largely to the outsize charm of its 4-foot-8-inch, corn-rowed protagonist.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is also, despite the all-too-rare focus on the Filipino American community, a creakily familiar take on an age-old family dynamic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Fitfully amusing and ultimately kind of heartwarming in a twisted sort of way
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a pretty compelling yarn, not to mention full of pretty pictures, and yet it could be so much more than that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Charming but slight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    While not exactly a cop-out, Virgin may leave some viewers who crave traditional closure with the same hollow ache described by the narrator as follows: "What lingered after them was not life but the most trivial list of mundane facts."
    • 30 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A considerable cut above the crop of recent features by other 'SNL' alums.
    • Washington Post
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The smart but slight film implodes under the weight of its own "excessive linguistic pressure."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    That script – co-written by Terry Hayes and director Brian Helgeland – is almost too noir for its own good at times, but Gibson somehow manages to pull its implausibility off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Blade's stomach-turning special effects, bone-crunching martial arts and cynical humor will more than satisfy any action-film addict's need for a fix of eye-popping escapist adrenaline.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a lot more tightly focused than the first outing, and for fans of the demented comedy of Elliott and Cross, or the thespian chops of Woods (a last-minute replacement for an ailing Marlon Brando), it's worth putting up with humor that's the filmic equivalent of a big, spit-soaked raspberry.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A tad preachy and more than a little bit sanctimonious.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is this sense of real life blurring with make-believe that Allen's film is really playing with, like a kitten toying with a scared mouse. Back and forth he bats the subject, moving between reality, illusion and the imitation of reality with a deft touch that may bruise but never kills.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A well-crafted story with a unique voice. But its literary gifts are outweighed by its pictorial prosaicness. Dimming the screen in every shot is the unmistakable shadow of the page.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    What modest pleasure the film affords is largely thanks to the charisma of its genial stars.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Meet Joe Black is Hopkins's movie and, despite the film's unnecessary length, his quiet and dignified performance almost carries the ball across the finish line.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's no worse than any number of other cookie-cutter slasher flicks geared for the slightly post-pubescent market.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    In trying to compose a poetic love letter to a time of liberation and freedom, Haynes has merely conjured up memories of druggy excess, egotism and tight trousers. The only mementos worth saving from the experience are available on the soundtrack.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    If these repugnant people were really your friends and neighbors, your time would be more profitably spent reading the real estate listings than the movie reviews. But for 1 1/2 hours in a darkened theater, the derailment of their unhealthy emotions makes for one compulsively watchable train wreck.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite this tale's surface sheen and propulsive momentum, it never transports one very far.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    There are a number of surprises in the idiosyncratic film, and one of its pleasures is the oblique and unchronological way in which Ward peels away the layers of the story, flashing backward and forward in time and jumping between Earth and the Beyond, separating his scenes with blindingly blank, white-out screens.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film as a whole, while possessing a kind of vicious beauty, feels as cold and as embalmed as a corpse.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the Weather Channel on steroids.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Make no mistake. This is partisan filmmaking at its most gleefully unapologetic. Unless they're also masochists, Bill Clinton haters and Ken Starr fans will know better than to buy a ticket.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    As a rule, the drawn and computer-animated imagery is top notch and seamlessly integrated, but the central characters' tawny complexions and the often chiaroscuro lighting sometimes obscure all but the whites of their eyes and their pearl-perfect teeth.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Presents an America that is as much about the pathological display of imperial power -- a showmanship of arrogance and violence -- as policy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's effectively frightening. It's just not the kind of frightening that stays with you very long, unless of course someone decides to make the same movie . . . yet again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Feels like a hazy high that takes too long to shake.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A blackhearted little film. What's being marketed as a frothy French confection about jealousy (specifically the jealousy of a regular guy married to a famous movie star) also just so happens to be a portrait of a marriage going down the toilet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    In the end Monsieur N. could use a little less cloak-and-dagger and more of what made "The Emperor's New Clothes" work, i.e., heart.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Satisfies and disturbs in just about equal measure.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    If Guess Who were either a whole lot funnier, or a whole lot less funny, it would be a far better film.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The pleasure is entirely like eating cake made from cake mix. It's not like you don't know how it's going to turn out, or how it tasted the last time you ate it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Plays like a piece of mediocre music, gorgeously rendered.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    There's something that never quite works about the film.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie is pretty unabashed about the all-but-corny sentiment: Each of us has something to give.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Yes, Knowing is creepy, at least for the first two-thirds or so, in a moderately satisfying, if predictable, way.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    This slight but insinuating documentary by Abbas Kiarostami...will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Based on "Romeo and Juliet" the way a martini is "based" on vermouth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Those who are only mildly curious, I fear, will be put to sleep or bewildered by the artsy and often pointless visuals.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Rollicks and rolls, thanks mainly to Roth's over-the-top depravity and Xiong's swingin', "Crouching Tiger"-style choreography.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Derivative dumpling of a romantic comedy about Irish sexuality.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    At times, it's downright nasty; and that's when I like it best.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Guaranteed-to-bum-you-out conclusion.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wants to be about life, death and the red liquid that flows beneath our skin. It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film actually gets to tackle some larger questions than one normally finds in the average fireball drama.
    • Washington Post
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    There is still a self-consciousness and a forced quality to much of the humor that this TPT redux just can't shake.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Bizarre yet popular.

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