Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,008 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Nobody
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,008 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    What modest pleasure the film affords is largely thanks to the charisma of its genial stars.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    That script – co-written by Terry Hayes and director Brian Helgeland – is almost too noir for its own good at times, but Gibson somehow manages to pull its implausibility off.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    A mediocre production that nevertheless will strike a deep and resonant chord with viewers.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film as a whole, while possessing a kind of vicious beauty, feels as cold and as embalmed as a corpse.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Blade's stomach-turning special effects, bone-crunching martial arts and cynical humor will more than satisfy any action-film addict's need for a fix of eye-popping escapist adrenaline.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's effectively frightening. It's just not the kind of frightening that stays with you very long, unless of course someone decides to make the same movie . . . yet again.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a lot more tightly focused than the first outing, and for fans of the demented comedy of Elliott and Cross, or the thespian chops of Woods (a last-minute replacement for an ailing Marlon Brando), it's worth putting up with humor that's the filmic equivalent of a big, spit-soaked raspberry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's the Weather Channel on steroids.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Michael O'Sullivan
    Presents an America that is as much about the pathological display of imperial power -- a showmanship of arrogance and violence -- as policy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie isn't exactly full of twists and turns, but neither is it a long, hard slog.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    The movie suffers by taking itself a little too seriously. It's not just that it's a lot less funny than the book. It's also a lot less fun.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a hyper-violent buddy comedy. If you like that sort of thing -- think "Training Day," with laughs -- you'll love this.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Dear Nicholas Sparks, There's no easy way to say this. But with Dear John, the latest of the five films made so far from your sentimental, best-selling novels, I think our relationship is in trouble.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Call it a Christmas miracle, albeit a minor one: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel isn't entirely awful.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    It will put some viewers in mind of yet another story with the same theme: "Pinocchio."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    There remains a maddening emptiness where the film's ostensible subject should be.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's just that, in this world of clanking, hissing machines, even the people seem like robots.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Just inspiring enough, just scary enough, just sappy enough and just funny enough to get by.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's not brilliant by any means, but bright enough to light up an overly familiar feel-good story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Lords of Dogtown isn't a cop-out, but rather an ever-so-slight concession to commercialism.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Land of the Dead is fairly intense. Intensely gory and violent, that is, as has come to be expected from the genre. It's just not very frightening. Not half as frightening as, say, last year's "Dawn of the Dead."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    For all its well-drawn lines between good and evil, Four Brothers is ultimately passive entertainment.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    A mite too hard to follow for most of the kiddie crowd who'll want to see it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Even as Brick Lane manages to sidestep one formula, it falls prey to another.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite some Cold War humor, the formulaic film is aimed squarely at the youngest of young children.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    What really sells this three-hanky tear-jerker -- and there were a lot of women buying it during a recent screening -- is Lane's steely and vulnerable performance. Like Tinker Bell, she almost made me believe in fairies. Almost.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    Morning Light, sailor's delight. All others be forewarned.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a rousing, fast-paced tale, told with a modicum of verve and packed with colorfully flawed, occasionally heroic and even tragic characters. It also feels disappointingly bloated and too fast-paced by half.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Michael O'Sullivan
    The singer-actress has screen presence to spare and a nice, rich voice. By the time her young fans outgrow her -- or she them -- she should have an excellent chance at a second career. Making, you know, real movies and real music.