Michael O'Sullivan

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For 1,212 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 2.8 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 Most Wanted Man
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1212 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    An okay movie made nearly great by one great thing: the bravura, mercilessly watchable performance of Charlize Theron.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    As channeled by the extraordinary Hoffman, Dan Mahowny is less a freak than a nerve-deadened Everyman with the courage to search for something that makes him feel alive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Shaolin Soccer really loves what it mocks, after all, and that grandly goofy affection -- nay, joy -- for all things chop socky is purely, utterly contagious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A taut, escapist legal thriller.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    May not change the world, but it's deeply creepy and richly satisfying.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Like the TV show, The X-Files movie is stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sweet without being saccharine, sad without being maudlin and funny without being forced.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a film about culture clash, the generation gap and the loss of tradition that inevitably accompanies the arrival of anything new.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Zigging and zagging serenely between the extremes of deadpan, postmodern comedy and the antic, Max Sennett-style japery of yore.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Returns to the wicked mix of transgression and positivity epitomized by "Pecker" and "Hairspray."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Engrossing, educational, amusing and disturbing. And who could ask for more than that from a film?
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Max
    Fascinating story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Powerful yet ambiguous.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Works as both historical allegory and moving family drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    This is the lightest, brightest and tightest film confection to come down the date pike in quite some time.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Feels like a song you may have heard before, but one whose aching beauty makes it endlessly listenable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Could hardly be more suspenseful if it were scripted.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A two-hour pleasure cruise.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Modest but nonetheless devastating documentary.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Poignant, heartbreaking proof that, sometimes, love is just not enough.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Like its Southern California setting, the sunny semi-autobiography is tempered with just the right touch of Jenkins's smoggy cynicism.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's just more wry than funny, more a gently subversive comedy of modern manners than the simpering date movie it seems to be masquerading as.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    With its wise understanding of the magnetic pull (and invisible polarities) of family, Junebug is an auspicious debut for Morrison.

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