Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Michael O'Sullivan's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 96% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) "It's a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn't be together. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 8, 2015
2/4 25% Inside the Mind of Leonardo (2014) "Not quite documentary, yet by no means drama, "Inside the Mind of Leonardo" is what might be called poetic biography: maddeningly fragmentary and idiosyncratic, but 100 percent true. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jan 1, 2015
3/4 51% Unbroken (2014) "The truest testament to the film's strength is the degree to which it all but achieves greatness. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 23, 2014
1.5/4 50% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) "Other than some stock establishing shots of London, the British setting is wasted, as are Ben Kingsley and Ricky Gervais, who, at times, seem almost embarrassed to be caught on camera. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 18, 2014
2.5/4 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "Jackson's storytelling at this point is so driven by green-screen trickery and digital legerdemain that he seems to have forgotten about human emotion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 16, 2014
80% Spanish Lake (2014) ""Spanish Lake" offers an instructive look at the forces that have shaped a single troubled community - economically, racially and otherwise. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 15, 2014
3.5/4 98% The Babadook (2014) "With its mixture of frights both literal and literary, "The Babadook" will, I suspect, satisfy horror's devotees as much as the genre's doubters. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 11, 2014
1.5/4 8% The Pyramid (2014) "The air inside the pyramid isn't the only thing that's stale in this ludicrous yet mildly likable horror film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 5, 2014
3/4 85% Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2014) "It is the simple glimpses of ordinary life in an extraordinary place that are the most stirring moments in the film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 4, 2014
2/4 48% Miss Julie (2014) ""Miss Julie" is a strangely clinical movie experience. It's a story that makes an impression without leaving a mark. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Dec 4, 2014
3.5/4 72% Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) "A delightfully silly star turn for this quartet of absurd little birds, who operate as a team of commandos. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 25, 2014
3/4 95% Pelican Dreams (2014) "It's a nature film with a very personal entry point. Two, really. The fate of these birds, which, the film tells us, could live into their 40s, becomes as engrossing as many a human drama. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 20, 2014
2.5/4 93% Diplomacy (2014) "Its minor thrills come not from not knowing what will happen, but from watching the cagey choreography of two acrobatic minds. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 20, 2014
3/4 77% Rosewater (2014) ""Rosewater" doesn't hector, nor does it giggle about the issue of press freedom. It's an impressive and important piece of storytelling. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 13, 2014
3/4 83% Listen Up Philip (2014) "Perry's acerbic sense of the literary/academic lifestyle - which, oddly enough, involves less actual writing and teaching than drinking and "thinking" - is both exceptionally funny and deeply sad. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
4/4 91% The Way He Looks (2014) "Ribeiro has an uncanny eye for the telling emotional gesture, and "The Way He Looks" is full of them. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
3.5/4 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "The real appeal of "Big Hero 6" isn't its action. It's the central character's heart. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Nov 6, 2014
1.5/4 41% Horns (2014) "Heedless of purpose, "Horns" charges full speed ahead anyway, ramming its high-concept hooey down your throat until the only heat you feel is from indigestion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
3.5/4 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "It's more deeply satisfying and complex than similar, Hollywood-produced fare - like fine wine compared with Kool-Aid. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2/4 7% Ouija (2014) ""Ouija" is hampered by the fact that watching a bunch of people sitting around a table is not inherently cinematic. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 30, 2014
2.5/4 100% The Irish Pub "A lovingly laid-back documentary about the charms, liquid and otherwise, of the traditional Irish watering hole. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3.5/4 74% 1,000 Times Good Night (2014) ""1,000 Times Good Night" has moments of both startling violence and breathtaking beauty. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 23, 2014
3/4 86% The Blue Room (2014) "As a storyteller, Amalric is a master of manipulation, first leading the audience in one direction and then another. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
1.5/4 63% Rudderless (2014) ""Rudderless" is a competent, well-acted melodrama, yet in scope and ambition it has the modest and serviceable scale of the small, not silver, screen. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
3/4 82% The Book of Life (2014) ""The Book of Life" may use state-of-the-art animation, but it derives its strength from the wisdom of antiquity. It only looks new, but it's as old as life (and death) itself. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
2.5/4 77% Fury (2014) "It's easy to see the movie as a story of how war makes monsters out of men. But it's a good deal more complicated than that. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 16, 2014
1.5/4 8% Addicted (2014) "Watching "Addicted" is like eating Cheese Whiz straight from the jar. There's no nutritional value. It's kind of embarrassing. But it does satisfy a base craving for cheap, immediate sensation. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 11, 2014
3/4 63% One Chance (2014) "There's never really terribly much at stake here, except the success of one chubby nerd with dreams of nailing Puccini's "Nessun dorma." But maybe that dream is enough. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
2.5/4 77% Kill the Messenger (2014) "Despite the film's heavy-handed effort at vindication, Renner manages to deliver a performance that is complex and satisfyingly contradictory. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
1.5/4 23% Dracula Untold (2014) "The film's problems aren't limited to liberal cadging from comic books. In fact, that's precisely what's best about the film, which occasionally boasts gorgeous visuals. But the movie doesn't know when to stop stealing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 9, 2014
3.5/4 95% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) "For the uninitiated, it offers a demonstration of what is so mesmerizing about this performer, who is by, his own description, "a kind of ostentatious bastard." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 2, 2014
0.5/4 2% Left Behind (2014) ""Left Behind" takes the end of the world and turns it not into a nightmare, but a nice long nap. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 2, 2014
1/4 29% Annabelle (2014) "It has its unnerving moments, but they're outweighed by the sheer stupidity and predictability of the story. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 2, 2014
2/4 65% The Notebook (2014) "If only I could figure out what all this was meant to stand for. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 25, 2014
1.5/4 35% Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) "Spoiler alert: Happiness has to do with loving others and self-acceptance. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "The story of "The Boxtrolls," in lesser hands, might have turned out only so-so. Under Laika's loving, labor-intensive touch, it takes on a kind of magic. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 25, 2014
3/4 63% The Maze Runner (2014) "Sure, "The Maze Runner" unravels a few mysteries, but it spins even more. Thomas, as it happens, isn't the only one dying of curiosity here. As the closing credits roll, you likely will be, too. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 70% Take Me to the River (2014) ""Take Me to the River" includes just enough history of the civil rights era to lend it gravitas. The color-blind recording practices of studios like Stax were an anomaly at the time and are well worth noting. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 18, 2014
1.5/4 39% Tusk (2014) ""Tusk" seems to harbor no grander ambitions than to create a gross-out gag. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 18, 2014
2.5/4 89% Wetlands (2014) "It isn't terribly clear where the movie - or its hedonistic heroine - is going, but getting there is one wild ride. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 11, 2014
2.5/4 80% Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes (2014) "Ennis is an optimist at heart, and his belief that one person can make a difference is infectious, if naive. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3.5/4 87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) "The actors have an obvious rapport. It's deep enough to evoke the ties, entanglements and bloodletting of a real kinship. But Wiig and Hader's instincts as entertainers are keen enough to know when to stop cutting. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/4 80% The One I Love (2014) "Like figures in a funhouse that is both philosophical and phantasmagoric, the characters in "The One I Love" spook you, both inside your head and inside your heart. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
1.5/4 13% Innocence (2014) "If this nonsense is the stuff of nightmares for most modern teenage girls, who seem genetically predisposed to roll their eyes at anything a parent or teacher does, I'd be very surprised. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 4, 2014
2/4 65% Life Of Crime (2014) ""Life of Crime" feels like a rambling car ride through the countryside with friends. The scenery is great, and the passengers are diverting, but you keep wondering where the driver is headed. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
3/4 68% Jealousy (2014) "While certainly no love story, this dry-eyed tale feels achingly, maybe even exhilaratingly alive. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 28, 2014
4/4 83% Rich Hill (2014) ""Rich Hill" doesn't just make you feel like you know these boys; it makes you care about them. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
1.5/4 18% When The Game Stands Tall (2014) "When it comes down to fourth and goal, the movie is more about moving the pigskin than moving the audience. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 21, 2014
94% The Truman Show (1998) "To be sure, the movie has plenty of laughs, but like sunlight on the deceptively calm surface of the sea, its light humor dances fitfully over dark and dangerous undercurrents. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2014
3/4 94% The Dog (2014) "In numerous interviews that careen from profane braggadocio to tender reminiscence, the lustily bisexual Wojtowicz comes across as almost bizarrely self-satisfied. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 14, 2014
2/4 67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) "The film pays scant attention to [its] stated goal, relegating the discoveries achieved by Cameron's mission to a brief on-screen title at the very end of the film. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 7, 2014
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