Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,100 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 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Nobody
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,100 movie reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Moving without being melodramatic, War of the Buttons is a tale of the worst -- and the best -- that people of all ages are capable of.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Chasing Ice aims to accomplish, with pictures, what all the hot air that has been generated on the subject of global warming hasn't been able to do: make a difference.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Thoughts become things. That's the message of Rise of the Guardians, a charming if slightly dark and cobwebbed animated feature about how believing in something makes it real, or real enough.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    There's a powerfully creepy sensibility to Deadfall. But the way it handles the messiness of families -- a universal message given vivid metaphorical life in the blood and guts it leaves in its path -- is finally rewarding.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is studded with many tiny, lovely moments.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    In writer-director David Chase's heartfelt delivery, this same old tune somehow comes out sounding fresh.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Admission is not especially funny. The trailer can’t seem to make up its mind. On the one hand, it looks like a satire of academia. On the other hand, it could be a gentle rom-com. In truth, it’s neither.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    At its core, The Company You Keep is a good, solid thriller about a fugitive trying to clear his name. But it’s a much more interesting movie at the edges.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    As usual, Marling is a pleasure to watch for the psychological complexity and contradictions of her character. This time, the story almost lives up to the performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Crystal, 65, and Goodman, 61, are a long time out of college, but they somehow manage to carry off the callowness of youth.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    On one level, The Attack is a mystery, but not the kind you think. It’s obvious from the start who detonated the bomb; the only question is why. It’s a question that probably cannot be answered to the satisfaction of anyone living outside Israel or the occupied territories.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a story of standing out and blending in, sometimes at the same time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a gorgeous and, believe it or not, riveting documentary . . . about sheep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s an informative, if slightly unstructured, narrative, yet it plays more like a horror story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Whatever your belief system, this much is gospel: Movies like The Conjuring are less about the battle between God and Satan than the battle between the silly and the scary.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Populaire is a mostly delightful and entirely unironic throwback to the kind of film they stopped making about 50 years ago.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a compelling, even stirring, tale.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Under the direction of George Tillman Jr., these two young performers exercise remarkable restraint, never milking the material for unearned tears.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s as affecting as drama as it is effective as horror. It wrenches, even as it unnerves.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    God Loves Uganda clearly lays the blame for it at the feet of the American evangelical movement. The movie doesn’t really argue its case, preferring to stand back, in quiet outrage, as the representatives of that movement are shown with the match in their hands.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Ender’s Game is more than a parable about bullying, or a disquisition on the concept of the “just war.” It’s also a rousing action film, especially in Imax.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    By the end of this troubling film, the cognitive dissonance that it highlights — between the theoretical glorification of the illegal Mexican drug industry and its actual cost in blood — is jarring. It’s an important film, but Narco Cultura is also maddeningly hard to watch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The second part of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy goes a long way — and at 2 1/2 hours, I do mean long — toward righting the wrongs of the first movie, which was even longer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is an effective, even heartwarming, tale of one man’s commitment to teaching that playing by the rules is more important than winning.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Tim’s Vermeer makes a convincing case that Vermeer could have painted the way Jenison says he did. It also makes a pretty powerful ancillary point: that some people are both geniuses and geeks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    The films are highly entertaining and highly disturbing, in the latter case for both the right and the wrong reasons. While admirably delineating moral decay, which eats away at one character like a virus, the movies never really get at the seed of evil.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Elaine Stritch’s strength, along with the film’s, comes from her honesty. She is herself, even when — maybe especially when — she knows she’s being watched.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Director Neil Burger (“Limitless”) has crafted a popcorn flick that’s leaner, more propulsive and more satisfying than the bestseller that inspired it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    It plays out with all the suspense of a thriller. Assisted by acclaimed editor Walter Murch, Levinson wisely shapes the story not around the hardware, which was plagued by malfunctions and other delays, but around the people tasked with making the LHC run.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Michael O'Sullivan
    Trinca delivers a marvelously unfussy performance, rendering her complex character gradually, along with the effects of the opposing forces that tear at her.

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