Michael O'Sullivan

Select another critic »
For 1,271 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 A Simple Plan
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1271 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    A portrait of a sometimes surly, often foulmouthed, always brilliant artist that is at once humane, horrific, hilarious and deeply moving.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Code Black is a powerful and quietly damning film. While training his lens narrowly on the heroic workers in a single emergency department, McGarry has made a broad indictment of a system that is badly in need of surgery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    One wonders what someone who has never heard of the guy...would make of the film, which is defiantly, even, at times, obnoxiously, obtuse. Which, come to think of it, is actually kind of like the Russell we see in the film.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Vikander never goes for the easy emotion, though, choosing instead to play against what conventional melodrama would dictate her reaction should be. This understatedness is always the right choice, and it makes for a far more effective — and affecting — film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Crudup gives a performance that is by turns scary, heartbreaking, grotesque and funny as hell.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    In Sheridan's warm and glowing treatment, the moral of the story feels less like a reheated fable than like something utterly, indescribably original.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is a documentary, pure and simple. But the movie, by director Rick Rowley, plays out like something of a murder mystery.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michael O'Sullivan
    A provocative and uncomfortable comedy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Cartel Land reveals a culture that spans the border, full of death and dismaying behavior on both sides, but thriving all the same.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    In the end, An Honest Liar becomes a far more layered tale than it starts out to be.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    In addition to “pervert” — which Wojtowicz makes sound like a badge of honor — the film offers many other seemingly contradictory assessments of Wojtowicz, mainly from his own mouth: troll, Goldwater Republican, McCarthy peacenik, crazy man, crook, romantic. He was all of those things and more, as The Dog makes vividly obvious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Chandor's film goes a long way toward making understandable - in vivid, cinematic terms - what exactly happened to make that first big domino fall over.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Listen Up Philip makes literary talent seem less like a blessing than a curse.
    • 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."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Michael O'Sullivan
    Eavesdropping on the glib conversations of witty urbanites can be a pleasant diversion, but after so much volubility, you might find yourself wishing that they would all just shut up and dance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A decidedly grown-up affair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Tim’s Vermeer makes a convincing case that Vermeer could have painted the way Jenison says he did. It also makes a pretty powerful ancillary point: that some people are both geniuses and geeks.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Black Souls has a deep and startling soulfulness that, despite its shocking conclusion, is profoundly moving.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film’s writers, directors and stars lovingly impale bloodsucker mythology with the sharpened wooden stick of comedy. As with “Shaun of the Dead,” their satire is a crude but effective tool.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The filmmaking, by first-time feature director Dan Trachtenberg, is suitably claustrophobic and suspenseful, working up to a level of stress that may be unhealthy for anyone with a weak heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    For much of the film, this is very funny and fairly original stuff, though Submarine starts to run aground about the time that Jordana and Oliver's relationship does.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    In the end, Marguerite isn’t a comedy so much as a love story. True love, it seems, isn’t just blind; it must be deaf, too.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    You’ll be glad that A Hard Day isn’t happening to you, but you won’t regret observing it all from a safe distance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the rare 2 1/2 -hour film that doesn't make you look at your watch once. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is such a film.
    • 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
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's daring, deliberately offensive and, for a comedy, it has far more ideas in it than actual laughs.

Top Trailers