Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,008 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,008 movie reviews
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    As a whole, the film is a perplexing, dark and brooding exercise, which only makes its inappropriately cheery ending feel all the more slight.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a question of tone, which jumps back and forth between airy-fairy romantic comedy and leaden family drama with the alacrity of a manic-depressive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    What's troubling about "My Mother" is not the way the sisters respond to the news, but the way that Paris and Fejerman have opted to make lighthearted comic fodder out of the daughters' responses.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's hard to know which is more annoying: The fact that writer-director Reverge Anselmo makes Dori's schizophrenic look like little more than a cute, sexually available lush or that he makes Mark's Marine act like a jarhead with nothing inside except fireflies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    While the younger Van Peebles certainly looks the part, Baadasssss! never feels like anything more than kids playing dress-up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    If you're mocking holier-than-thou-ness, you can't very well strike a hipper-than-thou tone.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's laughably stupid, only fitfully scary and relatively harmless summer fun – if you're 12 years old, in which case you probably aren't supposed to be going to movies like this anyway.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    On the whole, it feels like a cross between a PBS special hosted by a series of low-rent Deepak Chopras and an infomercial for self-help audio tapes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie drains Cole and Linda Porter of blood and fills them with embalming fluid.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Less a tale of mysterious, tragic love than a three-way Harlequin romance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's creepy, all right. It's just that HOW it goes about creeping you out is sometimes just plain cheesy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It becomes, after a while, little more than a mind-numbing bloodbath.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    An unfunny comedy by Tony Vitale that is enacted not by fleshed-out characters but by hackneyed, two-dimensional stereotypes. There’re so many sexual and ethnic caricatures, it’s hard to know which is most offensive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film, like the cheap double-scotches quaffed down by the central character, leaves a distinctly sour aftertaste that's hard to wash away the morning after.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    There are a couple of good things about the film, chief among which is Land's naturalistic performance. But the overall sense of it, heightened by a folk-guitar score so spare it feels like part of the soundtrack is missing, is not one of poignant minimalism but emptiness.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Collapses under the weight of its own pretension, a victim of misogyny trying to pass itself off as female sexual empowerment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Ghost suffers most from a distinct lack of anything, well, cinematic.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    One hackneyed, inauthentic, predictable scene after another.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Goes nowhere fast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    As Primer progresses, it just gets murkier and the experience of it more drudgelike.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    One singularly unbecoming character, who should, by rights, forever remain a "singleton."
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Rated PG, which must stand for "particularly gullible," it's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" for people who slept through American history class.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It would be one thing if Christmas With the Kranks were a satire on the assaultive, bullying nature of contemporary Christmas celebration in this country, but it's not. It's an ugly glorification of it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film's maudlin focus on the young woman's infirmity and her naive dreams play like the worst kind of Hollywood heart-string plucking.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It has as much of an ax to grind as the humorless and misguided bureaucrats it mocks.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Unfortunately, the more traditionally drawn 2-D human characters are as flat, in every sense of the word, as can be.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    What it suffers from most is the sense of offhand storytelling that lies halfway between creative laziness and cost-cutting sloppiness.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    I started out this journey actually liking children. By the end of the movie, I wasn't so sure.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Lacks "spark."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sure, I laughed. Yes, I cried. But mostly I just wanted to throw up.