For 997 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 The Missing Picture
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
997 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist will likely make some people mad because of the way it holds the United States responsible for the repercussions of its actions in the world. Like Changez himself, the film has a complicated relationship with the superpower.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Part drug comedy, part psychological drama, the movie is slight, but only superficially so. As the closing credits role, we’re left not with a sense of a day at the beach, but of what might be swimming out there, in the dark of the abyss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s a wonder how Cutie and the Boxer, in less than an hour and a half, manages to say so much about love, life and art. Movies twice as long are often half as eloquent.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is a documentary, pure and simple. But the movie, by director Rick Rowley, plays out like something of a murder mystery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s upsetting and scary to watch the footage of orca attacks collected in Blackfish, a damning documentary about the treatment of the animals by marine parks.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    In this tale of longing, loss and regret, it isn’t always possible to know who’s deluding oneself, or someone else. But then, it isn’t always possible to know that in real life either.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    There’s nothing terribly profound about Chef. But its message — that relationships, like cooking, take a hands-on approach — is a sweet and sustaining one.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s surprisingly wise, funny and affecting, thanks in part to a sensitive script, and in part to a strong ensemble cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It’s nice to be reminded of what old people look like, since they are, at least in movies these days, ever more invisible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    A mesmerizing documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Thrillingly told, compellingly acted and beautifully shot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    As agenda-driven as Documented is, it also is a deeply engrossing self-portrait.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    A sprawling yet engrossing documentary.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Code Black is a powerful and quietly damning film. While training his lens narrowly on the heroic workers in a single emergency department, McGarry has made a broad indictment of a system that is badly in need of surgery.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The line between madness and genius is thin. Not to mention more than amply explored in any number of films about tortured artists. But to look at the almost religious ecstasy on Moreau's face is to feel the artist's passion and be inspired by it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Works as both historical allegory and moving family drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The sprawling cast, the naturalistic, overlapping dialogue (here by screenwriter Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney) and the swirling action: it seemed pure Robert Altman.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    In one bold stride, Benigni has set himself apart from the rank and file of funnymen, joining the elite class of clowns who know that humor and heartbreak are only a howl of pain apart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Haunting little film, whose chaotic universe is churned up by the conflict between the haves and the have-nots.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Visually stylish surrealist drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sternfeld has created a garden on film that opens up its blooms for us, not in the dark of the movie house, but long after we've left the theater.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a story of jaw-dropping chutzpah, grim, mostly hindsight-based humor and more stomach-churning drama than you could find in 10 screenplays.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The film is a small study in the dignity of letting go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Good old-fashioned movie storytelling that steadily builds, over the course of nearly three hours, to a white-knuckle conclusion that satisfies on nearly every level.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sweet and wise little film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A sweet, true and, at times, universal love story it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A blend of gentle comedy and poignant drama.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A kicky, twisted thrill ride, with enough laughs to leaven what can be read, at heart, as a metaphor for the modern marriage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    5x2
    Plays a little like a mystery, the central question of which is not whodunit but why.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Startlingly erotic and surprisingly moving.