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 Rich Hill
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,012 movie reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It is incomplete, contradictory, as multifaceted (and as brilliant) as a diamond.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Works on two levels. First, it's a pure celebration of riding the waves. -- Second, Blue Crush is a clear-eyed portrait of the unique kind of power that women possess, a power that shows us that victory doesn't always mean vanquishing someone else. Either way, it's thrilling.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    What the movie may lack in "Saving Private Ryan"-style gloss, it more than makes up for in authenticity, or, in other words, heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    Psychological suspense at its finest.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    It plays like a baldfaced, brazen insult, but it is a stunningly accomplished one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    By land or by sea, there aren't many movies that can move you like that.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Michael O'Sullivan
    The events of the movie are filament-thin and insubstantial but, like fine silk threads, they weave together a fabric of surpassing warmth and texture. [25 Sep 1998, Pg.N.63]
    • Washington Post
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    The romantic comedy about a divorced couple having an affair manages to be both light on its feet and heavy enough to deliver something of a message.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Megamind has presentation in spades. But it also has something even rarer than that. It's got heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim's scathing, moving critique of American public education, makes you actually want to do something after you dry your eyes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Muppets is both a delightful family film about the Muppets and a winking, self-referential satire about how lame the Muppets are.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Chandor's film goes a long way toward making understandable - in vivid, cinematic terms - what exactly happened to make that first big domino fall over.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Known for comedy, Rogen and Silverman are the film's most delightful surprises, and their performances shine.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a kid's Cirque de Soleil, for a lot less money.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    McKinney, a woman whose spellbinding and baffling presence - nay, performance - in Tabloid more than lives up to her recent off-screen antics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Life in a Day is, without exaggeration, a profound achievement.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Movie 43 is a near masterpiece of tastelessness. The anthology of 12 short, interconnected skits elevates the art form of gross-out comedy to a new height.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's powerful, gut-wrenching stuff, and it doesn't need tarting up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    By turns sweet, sad, funny and poignant, We Have a Pope is the story of a man who doesn't want to be God's representative on Earth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples, The Wolverine combines the bracingly adult flavor of everyone’s favorite mutant antihero — tortured, boozy X-Man Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine — with the fizzy effervescence of several mixers from the cabinet of Japanese genre cinema: noirish yakuza crime drama, samurai derring-do and ninja acrobatics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Polisse is hard to watch at times, but it's also hard not to.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    There are so many things to like about The Lego Movie: a great voice cast, clever dialogue and a handsome blend of stop-motion and CGI animation that feels lovingly retro, while still looking sharp in 21st-century 3-D. But the best thing about this movie... is its subversive nature.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Simon and the Oaks is not merely the story of two boys from opposite sides of the tracks. It's also a larger meditation on life's hardships and what endures: love, art and civilization.