Michael O'Sullivan

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For 1,169 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Michael O'Sullivan's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Turtles Can Fly
Lowest review score: 0 Tomcats
Score distribution:
1169 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    A complex film about the minefield of loyalty and betrayal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Returns to the wicked mix of transgression and positivity epitomized by "Pecker" and "Hairspray."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's a love letter to the myriad ways, large and small, that mail handlers change lives the world over.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    This is high-carb filmmaking at its finest. When it's all over, you'll have a knot in your stomach.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Sweet without being saccharine, sad without being maudlin and funny without being forced.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Hilarious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    The dynamic between Channing and Stiles is as compelling as a freeway wreck.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    More tasteful, sensitive and original than you might imagine.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    More love story than thriller, with the mystery providing only slack tension and the December-December romance that ultimately develops between Regina and Camargo crackling with drama and sexual tension aplenty.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Works as both historical allegory and moving family drama.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    Under normal circumstances, nothing kills a joke faster than trying to explain it. Yet here, such examination is the film's strong suit and provides much-needed respite, quite frankly, from the exhaustion of constant laughter.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    What keeps The 40-Year-Old Virgin out of Rob Schneider territory, however, is: 1) the fact that it's pretty darn funny, and in a way that feels consistently real, and 2) the fact that it's actually an excellent date movie.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Michael O'Sullivan
    It's in this final chapter that the director states his message, which is handled so lightly, almost incidentally, you might miss it. But it's a profound one. For what the girls learn is that the way to get what they want -- no, need -- isn't by hoarding something, but by letting go.
    • 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.

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