Michael O'Sullivan

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For 1,273 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Kubo and the Two Strings
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1273 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    In viewing the same tale retold from two mutually exclusive vantage points, we become aware of how “Him” and “Her” deepen and enrich certain aspects of the story, adding contrast and, at times, contradiction, to the whole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    "Him” and “Her” make for a remarkably powerful film experiment, retaining the insights into relationships of “Them” while filling in many of its invisible storytelling fissures.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    That A War both delivers the results one might wish for and denies a sense of closure is not a failing but its chief virtue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    20,000 Days on Earth isn’t so much a portrait of the artist as a middle-aged man, looking back on his life, as it is a meditation on the art of storytelling.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    1,000 Times Good Night has moments of both startling violence and breathtaking beauty.
    • 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
    McKinney, a woman whose spellbinding and baffling presence - nay, performance - in Tabloid more than lives up to her recent off-screen antics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Small moments take on larger meaning in this exquisite memoir. That’s as true of the plot — in which nothing terribly significant happens, except life — as it is of the visuals.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Polisse is hard to watch at times, but it's also hard not to.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a kid's Cirque de Soleil, for a lot less money.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    A mesmerizing documentary.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Thrillingly told, compellingly acted and beautifully shot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Along with his regular co-writer Eskil Vogt, Trier has crafted a profoundly beautiful and strange meditation on secrets, lies, dreams, memories and misunderstanding.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Thorpe doesn’t flinch from whatever awkward or controversial findings his subjects offer up, especially when they concern himself. The filmmaker’s curiosity as a reporter is tempered by an unapologetically subjective perspective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Betting on Zero makes such a strong and effective case that the company does, in fact, engage in shady business practices that it’s likely to leave viewers in a state of Documentary High Dudgeon (that brand of cinematic outrage that is not entirely unmixed with a pleasurable feeling of moral superiority).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    [A] captivating and meticulous new film by Alex Gibney.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Megamind has presentation in spades. But it also has something even rarer than that. It's got heart.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a thriller that feels like a documentary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    It Follows sticks to you — yes, even outside of the theater — with a grim unshakability that is at once stylish, smart and deadly serious.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    As agenda-driven as Documented is, it also is a deeply engrossing self-portrait.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    5x2
    Plays a little like a mystery, the central question of which is not whodunit but why.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its real agenda is rip-roaring adventure, and that it delivers all wrapped up with a bow.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    In this modern retelling of the well-known fable, she is one princess-in-waiting who does not need rescuing by any knight in shining armor. [31 Jul 1998, Pg. N.47]
    • Washington Post

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