Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2.5/4 35% 21 Bridges (2019) "21 Bridges" will win no prizes for originality or twists. (It won't win any prizes for anything, to be honest.) But it's made well enough. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/4 81% The Report (2019) But even with all the dramatic black-site interludes... there are only so many close-ups of Driver's disapproving face - or Bening's - an audience can take. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5/4 81% Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer (2019) Director Mark Landsman gathers many entertaining reminiscences from former reporters and editors of the paper, supplementing them with commentary from such journalistic talking heads as Carl Bernstein, Ken Auletta and Maggie Haberman. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
2.5/4 43% Midway (2019) "Midway" tells a story that's vividly and viscerally rendered, with all the entertainment value of a big, old-fashioned war movie, cutting back and forth between the home front and front line. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
2/4 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Part homage to Kubrick's moody atmospherics, and part hyper-literal superhero story, "Doctor Sleep" is stylish, engrossing, at times frustratingly illogical and, ultimately less than profoundly unsettling. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/4 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Director Tim Miller ("Deadpool") has hit a reset button, and he finds just the right mix of action, suspense and, when needed, old-school comic relief. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
2.5/4 100% Gift (2019) There are no on-screen titles identifying names, places or dates - most of the previous paragraph I looked up online - but the film's unifying message is clear: All its subjects are involved in giving something away. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/4 51% Black and Blue (2019) Much of what makes "Black and Blue" watchable is Harris's compassionate - and passionate - performance, and the rapport her character develops with the more stoic Mouse. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2/4 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Mostly, "The Current War" plays like an article in a scientific magazine - packed with nuggets of data but mostly devoid of psychological insight. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
2.5/4 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Mostly, it's just mindless fun, in the exact same way the first film was, even recycling Bill Murray, whose fatal cameo - as himself - 10 years ago was a highlight of the 2009 film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2019
1.5/4 40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Think twice about taking very young children - or even some susceptible adults - to this at-times shocking, if less than graphic, gloom-and-doom fest. But the worse sin is: It's boring. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
1/4 22% Lucy in the Sky (2019) In its ambitions, "Lucy in the Sky" seems at first glance to be a female answer to "Ad Astra," but it steadily devolves into something worthy of the Lifetime channel. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/4 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) "First Love" isn't art, by any means, but it's way more entertaining than it should be. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
3/4 86% Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements (2019) "Moonlight" makes its points softly, but with resounding conviction. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/4 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) There are easy laughs here... But the film is also surprisingly willing, at times, to confront its more troubling themes... to a degree that is almost offputtingly uncomfortable. That's not what's wrong with [it] but what's right about it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 86% Ms. Purple (2019) The empowerment trajectory of "Ms. Purple..." will surprise no one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2019
2/4 84% Villains (2019) "Villains" isn't criminally bad, but, like Mickey and Jules and George and Gloria, it's a few sandwiches short of a picnic. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 93% Monos (2019) Violent, beautiful and powerfully watchable... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
2.5/4 84% Downton Abbey (2019) "Downton Abbey" is eye and ear candy of the highest order: rich and delicious, but not especially nutritious. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2019
3/4 88% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) There's no need for her to apologize, as "The Sound of My Voice" makes resoundingly clear. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) With free speech under attack, and truth-telling seemingly in short supply, "Raise Hell" offers an entertaining and bracing look at one of journalism's least punch-pulling practitioners. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) López elicits solid performances from the young actors, and her vision is clear and uncompromising. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
2.5/4 83% Before You Know It (2019) "Before You Know It" isn't a deep movie, or a hilarious one, and Utt and Tullock probably don't expect it to be. But it is, in its undemanding, almost effortless way, warm and wise and watchable enough to be just this side of wonderful. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 40% Vita & Virginia (2019) It hardly makes for scintillating cinema, even given the whiff of scandalousness with which Button and Atkins lay out the stages of Vita and Virginia's relationship. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
1.5/4 17% The Fanatic (2019) The movie does not live up to the extravagantly wounded ferocity with which Travolta attacks his part. It doesn't even live up to the haircut. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
2/4 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Emotionally, Don't Let Go works like magic. Intellectually, not so much. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
4/4 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) As a portrait, "Pain and Glory" is less a mirror than an impressionistic painting. It's an emotional rendering of a person, not a literal one. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
1/4 88% Ready or Not (2019) The style of acting would, at a sporting event, merely be called shouting. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2.5/4 88% Aquarela (2019) Despite these occasional moments of tedium, however, the film is at once chilling and likely to make your blood boil. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2019
2.5/4 80% Good Boys (2019) The comedy... hits all the expected marks for raunch and vulgarity, with the bonus that it is actually also kind of sweet. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
3/4 43% After the Wedding (2019) [A] mesmerizing double master class in acting. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2019
3/4 55% Piranhas (La paranza dei bambini) (2019) "Piranhas" is no documentary, but it plays out with a deadpan style that is deeply unsettling. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/4 91% Luce (2019) A funny thing happened while watching "Luce." With only a half-hour or so of the movie left to go, it suddenly occurred to me: I wasn't sure what the movie was actually about. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
3/4 99% Honeyland (2019) "Honeyland" sneaks up on you in a quiet yet powerful way. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
2.5/4 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A spinoff of the popular action franchise featuring two of that series's recurring characters... the film is far from prestige fare, yet more often than not, it hits that summer sweet spot between the silly and the satisfying. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
2.5/4 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) [A] watchable if by the book retrospective of the career of the newsman most famous for his hard-hitting interviews and exposés on the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes." - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
2.5/4 69% Three Peaks (2019) There's just enough closure to its inconclusive climax to allow you to relax, even if it doesn't give you much to terribly ponder during the drive home. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2.5/4 64% The Mountain (2019) "The Mountain" is what it is, and any attempt to recapitulate its meaning in some other form is a fool's errand. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
2/4 84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) [A]t times, the movie struggles to maintain the critical balance between detachment from and engagement with the thing it's making fun of. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
100% Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014) The 36-year-old comic seems destined for greater things. Yet on her upward trajectory, Peretti still comes across as the brainy girl next door who can deliver belly laughs. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 53% The Lion King (2019) Yes, this movie is a safari to the shadowland... And it's just deep enough to give a cat who's come of age something to sink his teeth into. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
100% Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (2013) Although "Boyfriend" superficially resembles a meandering stand-up concert documentary, Birbiglia's stage shows are much more than that... he's actually closer to monologuist and performance artist Spalding Gray than, say, Jerry Seinfeld. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/4 67% The Quiet One (2019) Unfortunately, it might have made for a better movie if its subject had opened up something more than just his attic. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/4 93% Wild Rose (2019) In "Wild Rose," that heartbreak can - and does - become something beautiful. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
2.5/4 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) The movie is scary, to be sure, but it's also larky good fun. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/4 88% In the Aisles (In den Gängen) (2019) Stuber... is adept at evoking both the ache of unanswered longing and the tiny promise of redemption that flickers still within the human spirit, even when crushed under the weight of soulless drudgery. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
4/4 97% The Proposal (2019) Who should have access to an artist's legacy? That's only one of many good questions that are raised in this mesmerizing exercise in artistic interrogation. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2019
2.5/4 23% Men in Black International (2019) It's a serviceable if unremarkable diversion from the real world, not a trip through it, despite its name. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2.5/4 88% American Woman (2019) Miller's Deb grows on you - strong, capable, grounded yet ready to take flight - as she emerges from the chrysalis of grief, a butterfly. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) There's way too much darkness, and not enough quicksilver wit. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2019