Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,103 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Shrek 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,103 movie reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's both straight-faced spy film and sly spy spoof. That's a difficult balancing act, but director James Mangold gets it exactly right.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sometimes a movie makes a point that's been made before, but makes it so beautifully and so quietly that it feels like you're discovering it for the first time. Hideaway does that, with the obliqueness of an off-hand comment. The glancing touch makes it all the more hard-hitting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    In addition to all the rollicking, ribald humor, Tamara Drewe also has a couple of flashes of darkly comic violence. In a literary sense, it's poetic justice, really. Punishment meted out for bad behavior.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The final, deeply satisfying conclusion to the trilogy of Swedish thrillers based on Stieg Larsson's bestselling novels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    A lean and hungry thing. With the sparest of storytelling, the French filmmaker ("35 Shots of Rum") devours her audience, swallowing us up in a yarn that is as enigmatic as it is engrossing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    After all, it isn't every kid's movie that wrestles with the subject of faith in a higher power, or sin, or the afterlife. And it isn't every kid's film that can do it so entertainingly. Sure, that's heavy stuff if you're looking for it. But it doesn't spoil the great, great fun to be had in Narnia - or the magical spell it casts - if you're not.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Rolls straight over silly, smashing through stupid without stopping and then barreling into a kind of insane comic brilliance without so much as a speed bump to slow it down.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The most compelling thing about Winter in Wartime, the Netherlands' official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars, is not the story. And the story is pretty darn compelling.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Like the best ad man, he makes his point by making us laugh.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters. The ill-mannered, unkempt, foulmouthed and hot-tempered title character of Hesher is just such a walking contradiction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a muscular, physical movie, pieced together from arresting imagery and revelatory gestures, large and small.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The real value of poetry - of the contest itself - is not revealed until the closing credits, when we see the impressive list of colleges that the movie's four subjects have gone on to.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It isn't as sad a movie as "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," another behind-the-mask documentary. It's funnier. But it's just as illuminating.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    What is their passion for? Not newspapers, or even a single newspaper, per se, but for journalism itself, the practice of which is nowhere stronger than at the Times. That, at least, is how Page One argues it. It's a compelling argument.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    A movingly told tale of tragedy and its consequences, not just for the players in the original tragedy but also for those touched by their actions, in an ever-widening circle of aftershocks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Hedgehog is a treat: a movie that's smart, grown-up, wry and deeply moving. Best of all, this is accomplished with the lightest of cinematic strokes. It sneaks up on you, without grandstanding, melodrama or outright jokes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie is called Love Crime. But its hidden message has more to do with business than with passion. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Especially one in a power suit, who knows how to work a room.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's uncompromisingly steamy, in a way that seems designed to make people who are uncomfortable with a physical relationship between two men even more uncomfortable.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    For a kids' movie, the humor, at times, strays a bit too far into grown-up territory.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    A worthy addition to the Christmas movie canon. It's funny and good-looking, with an impeccable voice cast of U.K. actors. It's also unexpectedly fresh, despite the familiar-sounding premise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film suggests that it doesn't really matter whether Harris ever gets back in uniform. He's forever carrying around a piece of unexploded ordnance in his head.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Boy
    A funny and touching coming-of-age story.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    An invigorating blast of cinematic adrenaline.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    As happens with many time-travel films, this one ultimately paints itself into a bit of a narrative corner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The only artwork by Ai that Klayman's film dwells on at any length -- aside from the iconic "bird's nest" stadium he helped design for the Beijing Olympics, and then denounced as tasteless -- is "Sunflower Seeds." Created for a 2010 exhibition at London's Tate Modern, the installation featured 100 million hand-painted ceramic sunflower seeds spread out on the floor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    By the time it glides -- not lumbers -- to the closing credits, it's also amazingly moving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    10 Years doesn't completely avoid the road-not-taken theme. It does, however, neatly navigate around many of the potholes, finding a novel and nuanced approach to addressing the ways that our mistakes make us better, wiser and more human.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the story of changing chefs and changing seasons. It looks at food as not just something that nourishes our bodies, but as something that enriches our lives and our relationships.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    For the most part, it works brilliantly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's great fun.

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