Michael O'Sullivan
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For 1,125 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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 A Simple Plan
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1,125 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Szifrón handles the tone and presentation masterfully.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Despite the seemingly uncinematic nature of this inert, even claustrophobic scenario, the film mesmerizes, utterly.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Black Souls has a deep and startling soulfulness that, despite its shocking conclusion, is profoundly moving.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Georgian writer-director Zaza Urushadze avoids histrionics or moralizing, relying on a strong cast that expresses the film’s central argument about war’s absurdity largely through taciturn action, not words.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Michael O'Sullivan
    Vikander never goes for the easy emotion, though, choosing instead to play against what conventional melodrama would dictate her reaction should be. This understatedness is always the right choice, and it makes for a far more effective — and affecting — film.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Apart from the deja vu all over again, Lucky Break is no worse a film than "Breaking Out," and "Breaking Out" was utterly charming.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A raunchy and frequently hilarious follow-up to the gifted Korean American stand-up's "I'm the One That I Want."
    • 42 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Freeman fills Cross's gumshoes with distinction.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a love story, yes, but one whose sweetness is cut by honest performances, a sharply drawn supporting cast and a fairly serious, yet never self-pitying, tone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    More honest than any conventional morality tale. Here there are no heroes and no real villains; the good guys are all flawed and even bad guys are sometimes capable of the noblest of acts.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Its real agenda is rip-roaring adventure, and that it delivers all wrapped up with a bow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Crudup gives a performance that is by turns scary, heartbreaking, grotesque and funny as hell.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Very, very funny, in that morbid sort of way that makes you laugh even as you shudder with horror.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    In its heart burns the indomitable flame of the human spirit.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A confection that is ultimately better because of its bitterness.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    First-time feature director Harald Zwart has a real flair for farce, and he keeps the outrageous high jinks of the script lively yet grounded in reality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It also has heart and soul, two commodities all too often in short supply in the field of garden-variety cinema verite.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Wonderfully empowering to watch Petula and Dorothy turn the tables on their testosterone-crazed tormentors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Short on drama but long on poetry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Where it succeeds best is not in describing how Luzhin got broken but how love fixed him, albeit temporarily.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Utterly delightful fable of romantic destiny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's daring, deliberately offensive and, for a comedy, it has far more ideas in it than actual laughs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Eminently watchable thanks to strong performances from its three leads (McKellen, Redgrave, Fraser).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A decidedly grown-up affair.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Manages to take the cerebral act of literary creation and make it exciting, sexy even.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Little Voice may be more of a confection than a square meal, but it's proof of how good a dish can be when the ingredients are of the highest order.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's still pretty darn good, despite its smarty-pants aura.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Touching, funny, unflinching and true.

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