Michael O'Sullivan

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For 1,214 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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Shrek 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1214 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It manages the trick of being both an unironic sci-fi action-adventure flick and a zippy parody of one. It’s exciting, funny, self-aware, beautiful to watch and even, for a flickering instant or two, almost touching.
    • 74 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Van Dormael has crafted a saga that, even at two-plus hours, is endlessly, enormously watchable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a richly engrossing drama, so long as you understand that it’s aiming for the head, not the gut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    This cinematic Macbeth possesses a terrible beauty, evoking fear, sadness, awe and confusion. Presented with the aesthetic of a dark comic book, it’s also a mournful masterpiece, rendering Shakespeare’s spectacle with all the sorrow and majesty that it deserves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Rich Hill doesn’t just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a soaring achievement, without ever leaving the ground.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    There is a quality of enchantment to When Marnie Was There that can’t be faked, and that the studio behind this animated feature is justifiably famous for.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Ran
    The drama itself packs a powerful -- and timeless -- gut punch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Enchants on every level: story, voice work, drawing and music.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    The tale, from Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro, is told with such tenderness, such intelligence and such aching honesty that it takes on the weight of something far more significant than puppy love. Like its subject, first kisses and best friends, it’s hard to forget.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a masterful example of genre filmmaking’s ability to transcend its limitations, leaving a viewer not just frightened, but also changed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As haunting as it is haunted, The Missing Picture leaves viewers’ heads rattling with ghosts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    More than a testament to the power of cinematic storytelling as food for the human spirit, The Wolfpack also is a portrait of a family that has had to rely on each other to survive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    The shadow of its past informs the latest incarnation of “Rigby,” a deeply moving, beautifully acted and ultimately mournful meditation on the gulfs that open between people, especially when tragedy falls like a cleaver.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It knocks you off your feet and leaves you shaken.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its charms, and they are both subtle and many, emanate like perfume.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As quintessential a story of American ambition as Welles' own "Citizen Kane."
    • 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").
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Although the cast is uniformly fine, Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from the inside out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Where Elizabeth really triumphs over its dusty source material is in transforming all this boring history into a real, rip-roaring adventure tale.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wickedly clever drama.
    • 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.

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