Michael O'Sullivan

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For 1,300 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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 59
Highest review score: 100 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1300 movie reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Somewhere in here, there’s a pretty decent movie. The Finest Hours is probably the best of a bad bunch of recent releases. But it’s a shame that this terrific story’s engines keep flooding in the face of wave after wave of narrative inertia.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    All in all, In Time is not just stylish but surprisingly substantial. From now on, you'll think twice every time you hear the phrase "rollover minutes."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Max
    Despite the overplaying, Max gets its job done, which is to celebrate the sacrifices of military dogs, while warming the cockles of your heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Batkid would be easier to swallow if it focused less on self-congratulation than on the epidemic of unselfishness that inspired the magic in the first place.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    In general, Lee directs with less visual verve than Park. Anchored by Brolin, who brings an almost simian physicality to his portrayal, this Oldboy feels simultaneously less showy, less nightmarish and less epic than the original.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Refreshingly free of hot air.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Because The Summit jumps around in time and because the events on the mountain happened over two days and at locations often far apart, the already garbled chronology of deaths is made even more confusing.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s pretty obvious, with the controversy surrounding Trump’s political ascendancy, that there is a built-in market for a film that makes him and his business surrogates out to be both callous bullies and buffoons.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's hard to take Predators terribly seriously.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Is The Shallows a thriller for the ages? No, but it’s decent popcorn fare. It’s about as deep as the titular lagoon on which it’s set, but the breakers promise a short and heart-pounding ride, with no wipeout.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    But nature is messy, and Chimpanzee doesn't shrink from that, to its credit. Fothergill and Linfield at least exercise discretion when their cameras capture disturbing turns of event.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Artful yet agonizingly unhurried at times.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Segel and Diaz are gifted and game comedians, with a lot of audience appeal. But Lowe clearly upstages them, consummating their Sex Tape — and making you want to roll over and have a cigarette — while there’s still one reel to go.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s an engrossing, if complicated and twisty, story, with plentiful sci-fi action and a provocative subtext about the nature of the human soul. At times, however, the balance between those two things feels off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Like many Aardman films, The Pirates! is awash with silliness. There are far more fleeting visual jokes than one can possibly digest in a single viewing. It makes for an experience that, while geared toward younger, more fidgety audiences, has enough humor to keep Mom and Dad from falling asleep.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    I wouldn’t call Band Aid profound, but it’s wiser and deeper than the average pop song, if not by much.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Jackson’s storytelling at this point is so driven by green-screen trickery and digital legerdemain that he seems to have forgotten about human emotion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The single most compelling reason to see Hanna is Hanna herself. As played by Saoirse Ronan, who made her first big splash as another morally challenged youngster in Wright's 2007 "Atonement," the character is a fascinating and frustrating cipher.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Although genuinely gripping — at times, uncomfortably so — the tale of Lena and Daniel’s efforts to escape from Colonia and expose its abuses suffers from a heavy-handed telling.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is redeemed by an appealing cast, tart dialogue and the preponderance of genuine emotion over the manufactured variety.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The title of Ondi Timoner's Sundance award-winning documentary about the loss of privacy in the Internet age says it all: "We Live in Public." Don't believe it? Just try Googling "Tiger Woods" or "Michaele Salahi."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Snitch is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian -- and belly-filling -- best. Johnson brings the steak; Bernthal the sizzle. The father-son drama is served up as sauce on the side. But as long as the beef isn’t too overcooked, who needs the A1?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s engaging and watchable, even as it marches toward a seemingly suicidal climax. Yet the complex dynamic between Wardaddy and his men is far more fascinating.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fun, if sacrilegious, first step in a franchise creation — one that observes the first commandment of storytelling: Thou shalt not be boring.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    If you can hang on for close to two hours with almost no resolution, it’s worth the ride.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    The morale of [Scorsese's] story is ultimately both tough and nuanced.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Michael O'Sullivan
    Some of it sounds, quite frankly, nuts. And a few of Lomborg's enemies have said as much. But throwing tons of money at the problem with little result? That also sounds kind of crazy.

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