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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Shakespeare in Love
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
964 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Personal and private almost to the point of self-absorption, the film is ultimately saved from neurotic narcissism by the director's self-deprecating humor and unapologetic honesty about his own dysfunction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Contrary to expectation, it's neither a movie about religion nor the coming together of enemies. What it is, at heart, is a movie about love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is Carandiru's ability to humanize its central characters ... that gives the movie its wrenching, tragic power
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's still pretty darn good, despite its smarty-pants aura.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Like a haiku, it is not what is said, but what is unsaid, that leaves the most lasting echoes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    An okay movie made nearly great by one great thing: the bravura, mercilessly watchable performance of Charlize Theron.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A touching and unusual road movie-cum-buddy film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's also sweet, sentimental, rather funny and, as John Waters films go, surprisingly gentle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Shakes, rattles and rolls the house, building to a climax that makes you almost forget you're in a movie theater and not a football stadium at halftime.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Never preachy, never sanctimonious nor touchy-feely.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Max
    Fascinating story.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's over-the-top. It's wild. It's filled with outrageous behavior all around.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Hilarious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Shaolin Soccer really loves what it mocks, after all, and that grandly goofy affection -- nay, joy -- for all things chop socky is purely, utterly contagious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A decidedly grown-up affair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its relatively minor imperfections seem more glaring when compared to the near flawlessness of the film's lyrical, scorching start.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    With its cast of back-stabbing functionaries and desk jockeys, Spy Game makes the sport and hard work of espionage seem chillingly real.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Powerful yet ambiguous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Shot with a shaky hand-held camera, Wonderland is a sentimental fairy tale with a gritty documentary feel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Returns to the wicked mix of transgression and positivity epitomized by "Pecker" and "Hairspray."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sweet without being saccharine and funny without being forced, the closely observed romantic comedy treats the culinary arts as a metaphor for personal healing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Deliberate disorientation keeps the audience constantly off balance, and it's brilliantly effective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sorry, stinging fire ants couldn't make me reveal the outcome of this witty and, yes, surprisingly suspenseful adventure.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The wisecracks fly fast and furious
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Eminently watchable thanks to strong performances from its three leads (McKellen, Redgrave, Fraser).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The spare and unsparing tone of I'll Sleep When I'm Dead makes it as existential -- and as original -- a whodunit as they come.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Poignant, heartbreaking proof that, sometimes, love is just not enough.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's enough to make your head spin, but Almodovar, whose mastery of the medium has never been more assured, gives you plenty to think about, ultimately grounding the dizzy whirl of his idiosyncratic fictional world in a story that feels not just true but universal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Very, very funny, thanks to a lively first script by Mark O'Rowe, who has a good ear for earthy dialogue and a sense of life's absurd little synchronicities.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Feels like a song you may have heard before, but one whose aching beauty makes it endlessly listenable.