Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Publications:
Journal News (Westchester, NY) , Washington Post
Total Reviews:
1037

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% Kurt & Courtney (1998) " Our culture has notoriously short attention spans and memories, but Kurt and Courtney goes a long way toward undoing the meticulous public relations campaign that Love has orchestrated in an effort to whitewash her tarnished image." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 11, 2014
4/4 83% Joe (2014) " Poulter's intensity matches Cage's, note for note. The frightening verisimilitude of his portrayal lends the film a cinema verite realism that nicely mutes some of Cage's star power." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3/4 71% Oculus (2014) " "Oculus" director Mike Flanagan has crafted a satisfyingly old-fashioned ghost story that, in its evocation of shivery dread, is the most unnerving poltergeist picture since "The Conjuring."" — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
56% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Dom's adventures make for a pretty thin garment in which to cloth such an outsize antihero." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 10, 2014
66% Dead Snow (Død snø) (2009) " If it sounds silly, it is, but in the best way." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/4 99% The Missing Picture (2014) " As haunting as it is haunted, "The Missing Picture" leaves viewers' heads rattling with ghosts." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2/4 20% Frankie & Alice (2014) " While all this channel-switching and inevitable unearthing of psychic demons generates a great awards-season clip, it doesn't necessarily lead to a satisfying drama." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
A —— Mortified Nation " 'Mortified Nation' is genuinely entertaining, but also subversively profound and surprisingly moving." — Washington Post
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/4 100% Miele (2014) " Trinca delivers a marvelously unfussy performance, rendering her complex character gradually, along with the effects of the opposing forces that tear at her." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1.5/4 22% Sabotage (2014) " The waves of mayhem pound harder and with greater frequency as the movie wears on, building to a conclusion that's harrowing, even by the gruesome standards of today's action thrillers." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1.5/4 43% The Face of Love (2014) " Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 27, 2014
1/4 10% Dark House (2014) " Salva certainly gets points for creative repurposing. Much of what transpires in "Dark House" has been seen before, just not all in the same movie." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 95% Particle Fever (2014) " It plays out with all the suspense of a thriller." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 40% Divergent (2014) " It's rare that a movie is as good as the book on which it's based. It's even more unusual when it's better." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 20, 2014
3/4 63% Generation War (2014) " It's as retrograde - if also as perversely intoxicating - as an old Hollywood melodrama." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/4 98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " Elaine Stritch's strength, along with the film's, comes from her honesty. She is herself, even when - maybe especially when - she knows she's being watched." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/4 78% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " You'll need not only your own WABAC machine, but also a shower." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1/4 10% The Bag Man (2014) " "The Bag Man" has more attitude than panache. Yes, we eventually get to see what's in the bag. But by the time its contents are revealed, you may no longer care." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2/4 33% The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013) " What makes a good yarn and possibly an important book does not necessarily make for a consistently great or engaging movie." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 79% Bethlehem (2014) " Adler nicely harnesses the mounting volatility of this situation, which builds to an intense if tragic conclusion." — Washington Post
Posted Mar 6, 2014
2.5/4 60% Non-Stop (2014) " It's the propulsive pace of the film and the nice sense of suspense it builds that help most in glossing over its failings." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/4 33% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " Like Ethan, "3 Days to Kill" has a job to do, but it prefers to shoot first and ask questions later." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 45% In Secret (2014) " Though the more lurid aspects of Zola's story scandalized readers in his day, they will be well familiar to anyone who has studied Hollywood's pulpy black-and-white thrillers of the 1940s." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 20, 2014
2/4 85% Like Father, Like Son (2014) " In general, the speed and stoicism with which Keita and Ryusei adjust to the familial maneuvering is, quite frankly, weird." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/4 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " "Tim's Vermeer" makes a convincing case that Vermeer could have painted the way Jenison says he did. It also makes a pretty powerful ancillary point: that some people are both geniuses and geeks." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 13, 2014
83% The Short Game (2013) " You don't need to like golf to like -- perhaps even to love -- The Short Game." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 7, 2014
3.5/4 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " While clearly filled with affection for - and marketing tie-ins to - the titular product that's front and center, it's also something of a sharp plastic brick flung in the eye of its corporate sponsor." — Washington Post
Posted Feb 6, 2014
—— House Of Bodies (2013) " Sluggish and unscary." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2014
—— Percentage (2013) " Though obviously made on the cheap, and with choppy direction by Alex Merkin, the film - which includes plenty of sexual objectification along with Gray's girl power - doesn't take itself very seriously, and neither should you." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 31, 2014
2.5/4 61% Hours (2013) " Walker's performance - along with the film - gets more and more engrossing." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 23, 2014
2.5/4 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " "Gimme Shelter" doesn't trust the power of its own story - and the truth of its acting - to deliver the point." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 23, 2014
3/4 38% Life of a King (2014) " An effective, even heartwarming, tale of one man's commitment to teaching that playing by the rules is more important than winning." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 16, 2014
4/4 94% The Past (2013) " "The Past" has something important and powerful to say about the past. It doesn't shape or haunt the present. In a sense, Farhadi suggests, they exist alongside each other." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 9, 2014
1.5/4 76% Lone Survivor (2014) " What's missing here is something, or rather, someone, to care about." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2.5/4 64% August: Osage County (2013) " By the time the movie's climax comes round, the combined fate of this trio is heartbreakingly sad." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 9, 2014
1.5/4 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " Many of the core elements of the earlier movies are retained here, including the increasingly annoying found-footage gimmick." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 3, 2014
4/4 100% Sound City (2013) " In Sound City, a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again." — Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2014
2.5/4 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Should you see Upstream Color? A better question may be: How many times should you see it?" — Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2013
95% War Witch (2013) " It may be hard for a viewer to accept some of the paranormal goings-on in War Witch -- the ghosts, the superstitions, the otherworldly powers -- but they're nothing compared to the realities that Komona has to endure." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 17, 2013
2.5/4 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " The best thing about this documentary portrait of the beloved 1950s pin-up is its meaty narration, courtesy of Page herself, speaking in the low, slightly gravelly register of an aging Southern belle." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 75% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Much of this has all the gluteus-clenching intensity of a good video game, but there's also a thematic subtext here - as there was in the "LOTR" films - of good vs. evil and honor vs. treachery." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/4 89% Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) " For anyone who can look a little askance at the monster that contemporary Christmas has become, this artfully made Finnish tale is -- I kid you not -- a real treat." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 9, 2013
3/4 89% Narco Cultura (2013) " After watching "Narco Cultura," it's hard to imagine any "recreational" user of pot wondering whether the joint he or she just smoked isn't soaked in human blood." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2013
1.5/4 90% Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky (2013) " Probably of interest only to those viewers who, like Gondry himself apparently, already have an obsession with Chomsky." — Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/4 42% Homefront (2013) " [It] isn't Statham's best - or most brutal - work, but it's not bad." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2.5/4 42% Oldboy (2013) " Just as depraved and depressing as the original." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/4 81% Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) " [A] satisfying, if less than sensational, sequel to the funny, charming and action-packed animated feature from 2008." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
100% Jerusalem (2013) " The film is at its most moving, paradoxically, when the camera gets down to street level, seeming to squeeze, for example, into a small shop in the walled Old City, where two men play backgammon amid claustrophobically over-hung racks of trinkets." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
2.5/4 38% Delivery Man (2013) " "Starbuck" was a funny and warm-hearted trifle. So is "Delivery Man."" — Washington Post
Posted Nov 22, 2013
82% Sharknado (2013) " It's bloody good fun." — Washington Post
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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