Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,012 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
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Past
Lowest review score: 0 Lethal Weapon 4
Score distribution:
1,012 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Filmmaking at its purest and most visceral – a tale full of sound and visual fury, signifying, if not exactly nothing, then something not so readily articulated in words.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    One thoroughbred of a movie. Sleek, well-muscled and brisk, director Steven Soderbergh's newest offering delivers just about everything anyone could possibly want from filmed entertainment -- except deep thought.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Part of this success is due to the exquisitely cast ensemble-composed of actors, not movie stars. To a man, woman and child, the unforced performers are spot-on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The plot is far from intricate, but Waking Ned Devine more than makes up for its narrative simplicity with a uniformly engaging cast of Hibernian oddballs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is through the genius of Frears, screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and this talented cast that Liam lets no one off the hook, least of all the audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    An elegant drama about power and its frightening uses, The Cat's Meow is the bee's knees.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Really, really good -- Yes, it's over the top, giddy and parodistic (God bless it). But it also takes a thoughtful, if surreptitious, look at what eight women might act like when men aren't around.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Matrix Reloaded is about sensation, not logic. As such, it delivers, in spades, exactly what you should expect from a popcorn flick -- thrills, chills and spills -- plus a little more for good measure, just to keep anyone from whining who might want a beginning, a middle and an end.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The fantastic and at times deliciously nihilistic world of X2 is fully, believably three-dimensional.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Fascinating and transgressive love story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Mostly, though, it's a film about that hollow feeling that hits you when the tears have all dried up and your face hurts way too much to even crack a smile.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Old-fashioned moviemaking at its best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wickedly clever drama.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Scorsese creates a film so resonant that it is both a work of great art and an anthropological document.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    In almost every way that I can think of, L'Auberge Espagnole is a perfect movie... It is a film that feels alive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    His story is sad, compelling and morbidly, tragically watchable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    May be a fish tale, but its story of the paradox of love -- knowing when to hold on means knowing when to let go -- is profoundly humane and human.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    A gift for those already in the fold, for those who get the joke and just want to savor it with other like-minded fans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's part sugar, part spice (cayenne, not nutmeg) and all-around brilliant.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    An extraordinary film in many ways, the least of which is its unorthodox casting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Part of the spell cast by this magical film is its ability to make an unvarnished political statement about economic reality and social alienation while, at the same time, seducing its audience into believing in the transformative power of love and the almost supernatural beauty of the everyday.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Tells a tale of fortitude that comes not from muscle but from the ineffable, bungee-like sinew that is the human spirit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    You'll likely come away from this astonishing encounter between the three corners of a lovers' triangle not just amused but enlightened about such not-so-simple issues as fidelity, betrayal, lust, possessiveness, honesty and forgiveness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Neither wholly cynical nor wholly romantic, Kaufman's story is a balance of smarts and sentiment. It's the most fully realized working out of his two favorite obsessions: the subjective nature of experience and the psychological mysteries of pair bonding.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It plays like a baldfaced, brazen insult, but it is a stunningly accomplished one.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Gorgeously animated and stirringly told, Disney's Mulan is a timeless story that will delight kids and divert adults with its sweeping scope, emotional intimacy and screwball humor.