Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,091 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 2.1 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 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,091 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Take Me to the River includes just enough history of the civil rights era to lend it gravitas. The color-blind recording practices of studios like Stax were an anomaly at the time and are well worth noting. But it’s the music people will want to hearken to.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Starbuck was a funny and warm-hearted trifle. So is Delivery Man.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Just good, goofy fun, for a generation too young to have met Bamm-Bamm.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Tooth Fairy is cute. Which is to say that Dwayne Johnson is cute. How could anybody with the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger (circa 1984) and the smile of Cameron Diaz not be, especially when dressed -- albeit briefly -- in a pink tutu?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie is an intellectual puzzle, the outcome of which is never in doubt. Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Armstrong Lie is thorough, fair and thoughtful. It may not, however, close the book on the scandal.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    A hyper-violent, post-apocalyptic Western in the mold of "Mad Max" that can't make up its mind whether it wants to be corny or misanthropic.
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    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    A lovingly laid-back documentary about the charms, liquid and otherwise, of the traditional Irish watering hole.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Watching it leaves you feeling less buzzed than jittery and slightly nauseated. If the "Ocean's" movies were martinis, Contraband is a thermos full of coffee.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Fortunately, the monsters are actually kind of a kick. And isn’t that why you go to see a movie like this anyway?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Gimme Shelter has a lighter touch than you might think. Yet there are times when its attempts at wringing drama out of real life are more strenuous than is strictly necessary.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Collet-Serra, who directed Neeson in “Unknown,” has a knack for keeping things lively and moving forward. There are moments of humor, gripping action and real terror.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Compared to the “Fast and Furious” films, Hours is a chamber piece, but Walker wrings real pathos out of his instrument.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The absence of legal details makes the movie something of a cheat. It offers few insights about the case from the official side, let alone about the machinations of Ai’s legal team.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Double retains all of Dostoevsky’s central themes. Madness, alienation and the loss of identity swirl around the film’s edges like film-noir fog. At the same time, the filmmakers inject a much-needed dose of dark humor into the tale.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    If it weren't so shocking, it would be a lot funnier.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's cute. So is the movie. If it never rises to greatness, it may be because it's also a fairly formulaic romcom.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Big, slick and showy. It is also undeniably effective entertainment.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite the film’s heavy-handed effort at vindication, Renner manages to deliver a performance that is complex and satisfyingly contradictory.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite broad satire about racism and border fences that will appeal to some liberals, the movie doesn't line up neatly along party lines -- except in that other sense of the word "party." It's a movie that just wants to have fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's filthy, funny and kind of sweet, if not quite up to the level of Judd Apatow's oeuvre in the burgeoning field of R-rated comedies with heart. You will laugh and blush in equal measure.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s silly and a bit sappy, but it works, in a crowd-pleasing way.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The humor is even more wildly inappropriate, with a running joke about getting a baby stoned on pot, coke and ecstasy, and a scene inspired by the famous incident in "A Christmas Story" where the kid gets his tongue stuck to a frozen flagpole.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's depressing enough to watch this family's struggles with life. But their pain really hits home when you think that the pants you might be wearing could have contributed to it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the flaws that Kurtzman builds into People Like Us that make it interesting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    To refuse to call A Hijacking a thriller is not to say it isn’t thrilling, in a dryly cerebral way. Writer-director Tobias Lindholm has a point to make, and he makes it pungently.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Both terribly silly and a lot of fun.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    There is, however, a certain urgency to the action that will prevent most people from noticing the film’s flaws.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It will make you jump, to be sure, and your heart to beat a little bit faster. But what's truly scariest about it takes place not in the body, but in the mind.

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