For 997 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 This Must Be the Place
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
997 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    The story is maddeningly oblique and incomplete, despite paying what at times feels like excruciating attention to the minutiae of a dying love affair's final hours.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 20 Michael O'Sullivan
    Miyazaki, like an evil sorcerer, has plucked the heart out of Jones's story and left it there to die.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 37 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is probably of interest only to those viewers who, like Gondry himself apparently, already have an obsession with Chomsky.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Feels like something I know is supposed to be good for me, but that I just couldn't stomach.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 20 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the sort of movie that can make normally well-read and intelligent viewers feel stupid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    Worse yet is the insincerity of the film's central performances. Too cool by half, Glodell, Wiseman and Dawson speak every line as if it had air quotes around it. In fact, the entire movie feels as though it has air quotes around it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 37 Michael O'Sullivan
    There’s some fun to be had, as long as your idea of fun includes being grossed out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 20 Michael O'Sullivan
    Very much like sex. On second thought, make that bad sex. Actually, sexual assault is more like it. It will leave you feeling used, bruised, violated, mistrustful and unclean.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a silly, if simultaneously deadpan and stomach-churning, psychological portrait of one crazy lady.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    If it's art, it's only mildly interesting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    As Primer progresses, it just gets murkier and the experience of it more drudgelike.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Ghost suffers most from a distinct lack of anything, well, cinematic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    One overly busy (not to mention shopworn) story, which regurgitates everything from H.G. Wells's "The Island of Dr. Moreau" to the herky-jerky monsters of Ray Harryhausen to James Bond to "The Mummy."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    The girls in 'Traveling Pants' are only mannequins wearing someone else's clothes. They don't get inside your head, let alone your heart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wild Grass might be the strangest film I've seen all year. Maybe all millennium. Is it any good? Quite frankly, I have no idea.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's hard to say exactly what the point is to this sour tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    It has as much of an ax to grind as the humorless and misguided bureaucrats it mocks.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    No ordinary horror film. If it were, it might be a bit better than it is. As the movie stands, it's a less-than-compelling relationship drama, with aliens.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 37 Michael O'Sullivan
    Ozon has created a monster that he can’t seem to let go of. Isabelle doesn’t just frighten her mother (and us). She seems to terrify Ozon, and I’m not sure I want to know why.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Not enough to keep this celluloid ship from sinking under the weight of its own stupidity.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 12 Michael O'Sullivan
    How on earth is it possible for one film to be so tiresome? Spring Breakers isn’t deadly dull despite all the nudity and violence, but because 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    The argument in Amigo is so heavy-handed - and its execution so crude - that by the time the movie winds its way to a predictable but uninvolving conclusion, nobody will be listening anymore.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    A blandly middling crowd pleaser.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film's real problem is that it can't seem to make up its mind about whether it wants to frighten us or make us laugh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    Unfortunately, the experience of actually watching the movie is less compelling than the circumstances of its making.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Michael O'Sullivan
    The notions of the good man's complicity through inertia and of innocence tarnished by association are ones that have been more powerfully explored before.