For 964 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
964 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As quintessential a story of American ambition as Welles' own "Citizen Kane."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a comic book at heart, albeit a thoroughly, grandly romantic one in the end.
    • 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
    It's a soaring achievement, without ever leaving the ground.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    It knocks you off your feet and leaves you shaken.
    • 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").
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Van Dormael has crafted a saga that, even at two-plus hours, is endlessly, enormously watchable.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its charms, and they are both subtle and many, emanate like perfume.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Michael O'Sullivan
    As haunting as it is haunted, The Missing Picture leaves viewers’ heads rattling with ghosts.
    • 72 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    All about undertones, obliqueness and expectancy, about the scent, if you will, of something no one can stop
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    With a cast of actors playing some of England's smartest people and with a crackling script by Stoppard -- no slouch in the brains department -- it pays to stay awake.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wise, funny, sweet, sexy and kind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Although the cast is uniformly strong, the real revelation here is "The X-Files' " Anderson, who plays Lily with subtle gradations of emotional depth unexpected from someone who has made a career out of deadpan.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Go
    One of the most exhilarating movies ever made about absolutely nothing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Works on two levels. First, it's a pure celebration of riding the waves. -- Second, Blue Crush is a clear-eyed portrait of the unique kind of power that women possess, a power that shows us that victory doesn't always mean vanquishing someone else. Either way, it's thrilling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Maybe Thomas Wolfe was right: You can't go home again
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The nail-biting quality of Shackleton's true story outdoes any dramatic fiction on the market.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    One truly, madly, deeply satisfying creep-out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a kind of 18th-century "Dead Man Walking" but with that earlier film's foreground arguments against capital punishment pushed to the background here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is difficult to watch, but it's also impossible to take your eyes off the screen. It does not blench at the things that Hollywood routinely blenches at: substance abuse, dying, family dysfunction, love.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wickedly funny, jarringly transgressive, obdurately unpigeonholeable and startlingly moving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The disturbing ideas it plants in the soil of the soul need time and darkness ? not light ? to germinate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Aniston delivers an utterly un-Rachel-like performance. It's neurosis-free and unmannered, by turns funny, sad and profound.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    With unsurprising irony, the "Sixteen" of the title foreshadows Liam's birthday and even worse calamity, which makes a grim and gripping story all the more heartbreaking.