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.

Movie Reviews Only

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/4 81%

Christine (2016)

"A great performance does not necessarily make for great tragedy, and "Christine" remains mired in the minutiae of its portrait of a doomed, bitter young woman." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/4 100%

Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde) (2016)

""Long Way North" combines thrilling adventure with a slightly somber mood. It's a beautiful trip, even if it's a little chilly and sad when it finally gets to where it's going." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3.5/4 81%

American Honey (2016)

"Like the inspiration for its title, there's a wild sweetness to the people - and maybe even to the land - depicted with such breathtaking honesty and raw beauty in "American Honey."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Oct 6, 2016
3/4 64%

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

"The very idea of this - at once gruesome and darkly funny - is perfectly suited to Burton's sensibility, which also reveals itself in the casting of Butterfield, who has the quality of a young, slightly less freaky Johnny Depp." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 29, 2016
3/4 94%

Command and Control (2016)

"Far from being a historical cautionary tale, "Command and Control" looks forward, not backward. Kenner's unsettling film casts its worried gaze not at the accidents that already have taken place, but at the ones yet to happen." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 64%

Storks (2016)

""Storks" delivers its package, but it's a bundle of just-okay, not joy." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 22, 2016
2/4 73%

Disorder (Maryland) (2016)

"The movie is at its best when it recreates what it must feel like to be in a constant state of paranoia and pain. If only that feeling were accompanied by one or two other emotions." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
3/4 84%

In Order of Disappearance (2016)

"What saves it, paradoxically - even, at times, delightfully - from skidding off course into cliche is the profound appeal of its middle-of-the-road, but never dull, protagonist." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016
2/4 39%

Morgan (2016)

"If only the questions it asks were more involving, and not just philosophical window dressing on what is ultimately a fembot-in-a-cage action flick - albeit one with a nice bit of torque." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Buffalo '66 (1998)

"The intimate, idiosyncratic and very funny Buffalo '66 --directed by and starring Vincent Gallo, from a semi-autobiographical script co-authored with Alison Bagnall --feels like a projection of Gallo's very psyche." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 30, 2016
2.5/4 88%

Mia Madre (2016)

"As considerable as her gifts may be, Buy is ultimately unable to hold "Mia Madre" together." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 25, 2016
4/4 97%

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

"A saga that feels somehow both ancient and entirely fresh, at once steeped in the tradition of evocative Japanese poetry yet deeply, universally relatable." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
1.5/4 26%

Ben-Hur (2016)

"This new "Ben-Hur" could just as easily have been called "Been There, Done That."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 18, 2016
2/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

"While "Pete's Dragon" does a fine job of evoking the delight one might feel at flying over hill and dale on the back of a mythological creature, it is less successful in rendering real human emotion." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 98%

Little Men (2016)

"With a firm grasp on the duality implicit in its title, "Little Men" is a story that's neither tragic nor triumphal in the way it resolves itself, but rather one that's sadly, even satisfyingly true." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 11, 2016
1.5/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"In aiming for - but falling short of appealing to - the teenage demographic, the film is a double cop-out, disappointing both fans of the source material's grown-up gloom-and-doom aesthetic and discerning adolescents." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Aug 3, 2016
2/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"All this plays out at a breakneck pace that is paradoxically unengaging, despite the nonstop action." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 28, 2016
2.5/4 86%

Phantom Boy (2016)

"There's an appealing quaintness to the storytelling that calls to mind the Tintin books of the artist and writer Hergé, especially that series's old-world charm." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 84%

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"It may not boldly go where no "Star Trek" film has gone before, but it gets there at warp speed, and with a full tank of fresh ideas." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016
3.5/4 77%

Lights Out (2016)

""Lights Out" deserves to be considered in the company of such recent horror standouts as "It Follows," "The Babadook," "Goodnight Mommy" and "The Witch."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 21, 2016
2.5/4 84%

You've Been Trumped (2012)

"Earnest if rough-around-the-edges ..." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016
3/4 90%

Microbe and Gasoline (Microbe et Gasoil) (2016)

""Microbe and Gasoline" doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it just might ride four of them into your heart." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 14, 2016
2/4 75%

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

"Why couldn't the film have found a way to be both relevant and funny, a la "Zootopia"?" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
3/4 86%

My Love, Don't Cross That River (2016)

"You will probably find yourself bawling your eyes out - without ever knowing how you got to that state - at the film's profoundly, heartbreakingly somber conclusion." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jul 7, 2016
2.5/4 72%

Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

"Just a respectful appreciation for the old-fashioned political thriller, in an adaptation by screenwriter Hossein Amini ("Drive") that knows how to get the job done." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 30, 2016
2.5/4 77%

The Shallows (2016)

"Is "The Shallows" a thriller for the ages? No, but it's decent popcorn fare." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 23, 2016
1/4 54%

The Neon Demon (2016)

"If Refn is trying to skewer our cultural fixation with youth and good looks, his blade isn't up to the task. "The Neon Demon" attacks, but indiscriminately." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 23, 2016
2.5/4 34%

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

"The film is, at times, almost sinfully fun, assuming you have a taste for self-indulgently logic-free hedonism." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 9, 2016
2.5/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

""The Conjuring 2" satisfies more than it disappoints." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3/4 86%

Time To Choose (2016)

"As Singleton puts it: "The battle to save the orangutan is not just the battle to save the orangutan. It's the battle for climate change. It's the battle for everything."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016
2.5/4 38%

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

"Like a well-plated but nutrition-free meal, it registers on the senses while being bad for you." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Jun 2, 2016
3/4 90%

A Monster With A Thousand Heads (Un Monstruo de Mil Cabezas) (2016)

"Plá, working from a spare yet jangly screenplay by Laura Santullo, steadily builds suspense, craftily calibrating subtle shifts in perspective that allow us to alternate, seamlessly, between impartial observers and, as it were, active participants." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 26, 2016
2.5/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"At times, "Apocalypse" can be great fun, even if it doesn't know when to hand its car keys to a friend and ask to be taken home." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 26, 2016
2/4 81%

Sunset Song (2016)

"In short, the movie feels, if not exactly glamorous, then simultaneously overly processed and overwrought, even when it's wallowing in the most abased behavior." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
0.5/4 33%

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe (2016)

""Vaxxed" should come with a warning label: "May cause irrational anxiety, especially if taken with an empty head."" ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 19, 2016
2/4 23%

Being Charlie (2016)

"There's something admirable about the fact that "Being Charlie" exists at all. It's a testament to Nick Reiner's survival. That doesn't mean it's a great movie." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
2/4 63%

High-Rise (2016)

"Tom Hiddleston's Dr. Robert Laing isn't so much a character as a machine part." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 12, 2016
2.5/4 80%

Viva (2016)

"The story is slightly melodramatic, but director Paddy Breathnach finds ways to make it surprisingly moving at times, in the same way that he makes the Havana slums look paradoxically beautiful." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
2/4 62%

The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016)

""The Man Who Knew Infinity" tells a great story. It's just that it's a little too by-the-book to make anything other than a so-so movie." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
1.5/4 84%

Francofonia (2016)

"Near the one-hour mark, the filmmaker asks, "You aren't tired of listening to me yet?" If you aren't, you will be soon." ‐ Washington Post
Posted May 5, 2016
3/4 82%

Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti) (2016)

"Garrone has created a world of both rich and ugly textures - visual, narrative and imaginative - that transports, delights and imparts disturbing lessons." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 28, 2016
2/4 3%

Nina (2016)

""Nina" filters the singer's voice - and her life - through tinny-sounding speakers and an out-of-focus lens." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/4 72%

Louder Than Bombs (2016)

"As "Louder than Bombs" inches slowly toward its quiet yet resounding conclusion, it raises intriguing questions about that thing that journalists care so deeply about, but that artists know to be a slippery thing: truth." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
2/4 91%

Green Room (2016)

"Anyone looking for the ferocious originality, and unexpected humanity, of "Blue Ruin" will be disappointed by Saulnier's uninspired cover version of a song we all know." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 21, 2016
1/4 30%

Criminal (2016)

"Like its brain-damaged protagonist, "Criminal" just shouts and shoots its way into, not out of, an oblivion of illogic, plot holes and emotionally unengaging scenery-chewing." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2.5/4 25%

Colonia (2016)

"Although genuinely gripping - at times, uncomfortably so - the tale of Lena and Daniel's efforts to escape from Colonia and expose its abuses suffers from a heavy-handed telling." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 14, 2016
2/4 49%

Hardcore Henry (2016)

"Director Ilya Naishuller has said that he originally thought a 90-minute feature using the same technique was a bad idea, based on little more than a gimmick. It turns out he was right, but that won't matter to certain audiences." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Apr 7, 2016
1.5/4 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

""I Saw the Light" isn't just incohesive, but ultimately - and far more frustratingly - incoherent." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 31, 2016
2.5/4 97%

Krisha (2016)

"The director allows us to inhabit not just Krisha's pill-induced zone-out but also her acute distress and, yes, guilt over her past behavior. It's slightly fussy, in-your-face filmmaking, but it's viscerally effective." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2016
3/4 96%

Marguerite (2016)

"In the end, the movie gives voice not just to Marguerite's deficiencies as a singer but also to emotional frailties that are too human and familiar." ‐ Washington Post
Posted Mar 24, 2016
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