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 80% Z For Zachariah (2015) "The acting is strong, with Robbie and Ejiofor turning in performances that feel powerfully authentic, even in moments of ethical confusion. Maybe especially in moments of ethical confusion. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 94% Rosenwald (2015) ""Rosenwald" isn't just a portrait of a great, selfless American and his powerful company, but an excavation of an ugly strain of our own history, and a reminder of what one person can do to uproot it. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 27, 2015
3/4 91% Meru (2015) ""Meru" can evoke a sense of claustrophobia (and other fears) in the viewer. But just as often it gives rise to awe, wonder and amazement at what man, when he puts his mind to it, is capable of. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
2/4 47% American Ultra (2015) ""American Ultra" has a clever premise. But it misses several opportunities to at least comment on, if not skewer, the spy movies that it only halfheartedly pokes fun at. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 20, 2015
1/4 67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "The threat that this mess of a movie might be followed by a sequel is enough to make anyone cry uncle. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
2/4 78% Cop Car (2015) ""Cop Car" builds up a nice, suspenseful head of steam, mixing dark comedy and true creepiness in such a way that one mood never overwhelms the other. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 13, 2015
1/4 9% Fantastic Four (2015) "This is a step backward, in more ways than one, for the franchise. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 6, 2015
2.5/4 64% That Sugar Film (2015) "Although Gameau's film includes a fair amount of science, he and his helpers sweeten the film's statistics, delivering them in clever, accessible ways. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 30, 2015
3/4 80% A Hard Day (2015) "You'll be glad that "A Hard Day" isn't happening to you, but you won't regret observing it all from a safe distance. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3.5/4 82% Do I Sound Gay? (2015) "What begins as a first-person account of one man's quest to change the way he speaks soon becomes something closer to pop anthropology, in the process throwing in a bit of sociolinguistics and stand-up comedy. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 23, 2015
2.5/4 83% A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015) "I like Russell's music, but I learned absolutely nothing about him. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 50% Boulevard (2015) "If the movie is cheesy at times, it more often presents an understanding of life's contradictions and compromises. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
3/4 79% Ant-Man (2015) "The second half of this nearly two-hour film is a pure delight - fast-paced and funny and filled with special effects and humor as great as any recent Marvel movie, with the possible exception of "Guardians of the Galaxy." " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 16, 2015
2.5/4 54% Minions (2015) "I, too, once enjoyed the Minions, in the small doses that they came in. But the extra-strength "Minions" is, for better or for worse, too much of a good thing. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/4 49% Manglehorn (2015) "Sure, there's an undeniable pleasure from watching Pacino and Hunter work the screen, but the syrupy, symbol-heavy script by first-time feature writer Paul Logan is weighed down further by cliches and false notes. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
3/4 94% Cartel Land (2015) ""Cartel Land" reveals a culture that spans the border, full of death and dismaying behavior on both sides, but thriving all the same. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 80% Batkid Begins (2015) ""Batkid" is a feel-good film, in the sense that the people who made this wish come true seem to feel pretty good about themselves. They certainly have a right to be satisfied: What they pulled off is impressive. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2.5/4 87% The New Rijksmuseum (Parts 1 and 2) (2013) "Unexpectedly, it works. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 2, 2015
2.5/4 26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "Genisys goes back to what made the franchise work in the first place: not the machine inside the man, but vice versa. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/4 52% Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015) "The suspense that Di Stefano generates in the film's final hour is genuine, and the action gripping. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2/4 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) "There's little sour to temper the sweetness of this portrait. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 36% Max (2015) ""Max" gets its job done, which is to celebrate the sacrifices of military dogs, while warming the cockles of your heart. Sugary though it may be, the movie is a spirited return to the values of 1950s Hollywood. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
1.5/4 80% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) "What "Polar Bear" really lacks is hindsight. It is a little girl's valentine to her father, without the benefit of bittersweet wisdom that comes with age. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 25, 2015
2.5/4 82% The Yes Men Are Revolting (2015) "Although this latest documentary is, in large part, simply more of the same stuff we saw in the earlier films, there's also a lot of background material here about Servin and Vamos that makes this outing a bit more interesting. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4/4 86% The Wolfpack (2015) "More than a testament to the power of cinematic storytelling as food for the human spirit, "The Wolfpack" also is a portrait of a family that has had to rely on each other to survive. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3.5/4 81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "[Vikander's] performance is a subtle tour de force of feeling and restraint, made all the more remarkable by the whiplash highs and lows of this true but melodramatic tale. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
4/4 89% When Marnie Was There (2015) "It's a kid's movie that grown-ups will like. As Marnie does on Anna, the movie casts a spell. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
3/4 49% Live From New York! (2015) "There are enough good times consistently evoked by this film - decade after decade - to convince even skeptics that "Saturday Night Live's" highest highs may be yet to come. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/4 60% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) "The "Insidious" franchise, after three attempts to exorcise its real demons, still can't seem to shake what really haunts it: the ghost of B-movies past. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
2/4 13% Aloft (2015) "The characters in "Aloft" seem to float over their strong passions, like birds riding on columns of air, without ever alighting. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 80% Salad Days (2015) "While the movie is best viewed as an examination of a specific place and time, it also can be seen as a celebration of a larger, more generic cultural phenomenon that one might call creative foment. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 4, 2015
3/4 100% Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock And Roll (2015) ""Forgotten" relies a bit too heavily on static shots of album covers and paintings of some of the "disappeared" performers, but it's still a fervent cry for the power of music. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
2.5/4 62% Dark Star: HR Giger's World (2015) "Death has always hung like a shadow over Giger and his art, which has its passionate partisans, but is not for the faint of heart. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 50% San Andreas (2015) "The dialogue is inappropriately jocular throughout, which undercuts the genuine terror it attempts to muster. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 28, 2015
2/4 68% Marie's Story (2015) "Milks the tears in the home stretch, making little effort to hold the melodrama at bay. The result is a story that everyone can feel great about feeling terrible about. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 76% Felix & Meira (2015) "There's a subtext to this love story that seems to say we're all islands, in one way or another. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 91% Slow West (2015) "[A] meandering, deliberate and tearless - yet oddly moving - western vehicle, which is both slow and, as gunslinger movies tend to be, action packed. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 21, 2015
3/4 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "The "Mad Max" franchise was never for everyone, yet it clearly benefits from fresh blood, too. Propelled by Miller's nitro-burning aesthetic vision and an entertaining cast, this turbo-charged new model is a gas, gas, gas. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
1.5/4 46% Where Hope Grows (2015) ""Where Hope Grows" wears its heart on its sleeve, hawking its message of salvation through faith to anyone who's in the market for cheesy uplift and saccharine sentiment. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 14, 2015
3/4 71% Welcome to Me (2015) "There's an emotional nakedness to Wiig's unhinged performance as Alice Klieg, a woman with borderline personality disorder who has stopped taking her antipsychotic medication, that sometimes makes her hard to watch, even as she is in the limelight. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
2.5/4 54% Maggie (2015) "The film suffers a bit for its slowness. But once you get used to the fact that this is not "World War Z," it has its small pleasures, which are both cerebral and emotional. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
0.5/4 20% Bravetown (2015) "I would call the movie a trainwreck, except it's really four or five separate trainwrecks. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 7, 2015
69% Brothers in Arms (2003) "For a feature film, this clearly partisan documentary about the Swift boat crew that served under John Kerry in Vietnam is pretty slight, but for a campaign commercial -- which is what it feels like -- it's pretty long. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2015
3.5/4 83% Tangerines (2015) "Georgian writer-director Zaza Urushadze avoids histrionics or moralizing, relying on a strong cast that expresses the film's central argument about war's absurdity largely through taciturn action, not words. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 30, 2015
1.5/4 18% Little Boy (2015) ""Little Boy" is a as phony as a game of three-card monte. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
1.5/4 0% See You in Valhalla (2015) "As deadly as its funereal subject matter. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 23, 2015
2.5/4 94% Man from Reno (2015) "If you can hang on for close to two hours with almost no resolution, it's worth the ride. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
3.5/4 97% Black Souls (2015) "Tales of Italians and organized crime are, quite frankly, starting to wear thin after years of overuse. But "Black Souls" has a deep and startling soulfulness that, despite its shocking conclusion, is profoundly moving. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 34% Beyond The Reach (2015) "There are goofy, primal pleasures to be had in the first two-thirds of the film. But "Beyond the Reach" exceeds even its humble grasp in the final act, collapsing in a clatter of blockheaded manhunter-movie cliches. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 16, 2015
1.5/4 9% Kill Me Three Times (2015) "Although "Kill Me Three Times" includes a few murders, it does nothing to justify its title. Mostly, it just shoots itself in the foot, over and over. " ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 9, 2015
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