Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/4 74% The Croods: A New Age (2020) [A] larky, slightly lunatic film... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
1/4 No Score Yet Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas (2014) [Cameron's] characterization of Jesus as a "material" gift to us from God - evidence, he claims, that God wants us to shop - should offend anyone who balks at placing the Christ Child on the same scale as a $25 gift card. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
2.5/4 71% The Last Vermeer (2020) "Vermeer" chews on some decent food for thought: most notably the idea of moral ambiguity and the compromises one sometimes makes in wartime to survive. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
2/4 83% Freaky (2020) Don't think about it too hard. "Freaky" isn't AP Bio. It's a shop class project: a couple of mismatched planks cobbled together well enough to get a passing grade. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
1.5/4 26% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) A story that is painted with a brush that seems both narrowly specific and overly broad. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2020
90% Koch (2013) Like the city, Koch comes across here as brash, contradictory, almost endlessly fascinating and a bit sad. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
3/4 80% Let Him Go (2020) "Let Him Go" takes on a greater heft than its more thriller-ish contours seem built to handle, but Lane carries the additional weight with aplomb. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
2.5/4 55% Come Play (2020) The frisson of cultural topicality gives "Come Play" a midrange metaphorical heft that allows the otherwise predictable narrative to punch above its weight. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
45% Meet Joe Black (1998) Pitt, who is not asked to do much more here than behave alternately like a robot, a bashful boy and a moron, fulfills his modest tasks with aplomb. When he has to act, though, he fares less well. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
3/4 86% Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) It's a comedy of outrage and horror that elicits laughter not as a cure for what ails us, or even a temporary balm, but a close cousin of the feeling you get - sharp pain followed by relief - when a Band-Aid has been ripped off an open wound. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
1.5/4 19% 2 Hearts (2020) It's wholesome but starchy fare: a story of sacrifice and good fortune that feels less like a movie than a marketing vehicle for the power of divine providence. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
2.5/4 40% Honest Thief (2020) There's something about Neeson that makes you want to forgive him - whether it's for bank robbery or for making yet another one of these movies. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
1.5/4 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) [An] absolutely unessential - and only mildly amusing - family comedy... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/4 82% The Boys in the Band (2020) The ensemble cast, reunited from the 2018 production, is never less than mesmerizing, even in the context of what is essentially a museum piece. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
3/4 87% Kingdom of Silence (2020) The clear message is that we, as a country, have prioritized our strategic and financial relationship with an authoritarian regime "one step below a theocracy," as one interview subject puts it, over all else, including grotesque human rights violations. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
1.5/4 78% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) "Broken Hearts" wends its way toward the foregone conclusion with a single-minded determination that is admirable, if not exactly unexpected. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2020
2.5/4 72% Cut Throat City (2020) An entertaining, if familiar ride. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2.5/4 88% Words on Bathroom Walls (2020) When "Words on Bathroom Walls" is at its sunniest and most blithe, the moral of the story feels a little more like a punchline than is appropriate. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
2/4 60% Project Power (2020) 'Project Power" is a serviceable, drug-themed crime thriller, made just a skosh more interesting by a handful of ingredients that give it a boost. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
3.5/4 94% Boys State (2020) "Boys State" is a portrait of the country in microcosm: divided, but not yet irredeemably lost. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
3/4 81% The Painted Bird (2020) [A] harrowing, gorgeous - yes, slightly sadistic - and ultimately deeply moving film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
2/4 63% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) There's plenty of fodder here to make fun of Eurovision, but it's hampered by the fact that many Americans don't really know anything about the contest, and the jokes, if there were more of them, would probably fly over our heads. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
3/4 94% Babyteeth (2020) A lovely, eccentric little film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2020
3/4 70% 7500 (2020) "7500" is, at heart, a chamber piece. The setting, the number of characters and the setup are all constrained in an elegant yet dramatically effective way that belies the film's low budget. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
2.5/4 58% Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics (2020) "Good Trip" aims to entertain, not educate, as it presents a star-studded parade of celebrity reminiscences about taking hallucinogenic drugs. Mostly, it succeeds. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
21% Mercury Rising (1998) The real treat is seeing Big Daddy Bruce playing the papa bear part to the little lost boy. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
3/4 43% The Roads Not Taken (2020) At its root, "The Roads Not Taken" is not an examination of where we go or don't go in life, but who we choose to go there with. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
1.5/4 30% Bloodshot (2020) The movie is presented as the story of a man who hasn't figured out who he is yet. But that's not quite right. Instead, it's a movie that doesn't seem to know what it wants to be when it grows up. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2020
1.5/4 91% The Invisible Man (2020) It's never fair to judge a movie based on what you want it to be. But when that movie sets an explicit goal and then fails to meet it - heck, doesn't even try to meet it - it's open season. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
3/4 87% Emma. (2020) Love may or may not make the world go round, but Austen's trick - repeated here by de Wilde - is in making us believe, for a minute, that matters of the heart matter more than anything else on Earth. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2020
2.5/4 74% The Lodge (2020) "The Lodge" isn't a perfect treat. But for those who like their movies dark and disturbing, it does the trick. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2020
2.5/4 38% Downhill (2020) It's a watered-down version of the original, but it's still pretty good: neither wise nor profound, yet sometimes smart and with sharp elbows - especially if you have nothing with which to compare it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
2.5/4 100% The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2020) It's worth being reminded that misogyny is as pernicious a force as the unchecked development that threatens the habitat of a majestic animal. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2020
3/4 92% The Assistant (2020) [M]aking it obvious, albeit ambiguous, is arguably a small misstep, in a film that otherwise derives all its sickening effectiveness not from what we see, but from what we don't. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
1.5/4 29% The Rhythm Section (2020) [A] cheesy, predictable thriller... - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
2/4 33% Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words (2020) It's meant as an opportunity for Thomas to have his full say, without challenge. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
2.5/4 75% The Gentlemen (2020) A funny, violent, rambunctious shaggy-dog story of a crime caper featuring an ensemble cast studded with colorful characters played by name actors. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/4 95% Citizen K (2019) [I]t is Gibney's film... that best tells this complex, contradictory tale of a businessman who rose from middle-class anonymity... to become one of Russia's richest men during the early days of Russia's post-Soviet experiment with capitalism. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/4 59% The Last Full Measure (2020) "The Last Full Measure" has its poignant moments and boasts a wonderful (if at times histrionic) company of actors, but their message is drowned out in a telling that shouts to be heard when an indoor voice would suffice. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2.5/4 77% Bad Boys for Life (2020) Adil and Bilall... bring a breath of fresh air and fun energy to a franchise that felt somewhat stale, even 25 years ago, when the first film was likened, not inaccurately, to a carbon copy of "Lethal Weapon." - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2020
1.5/4 22% Like a Boss (2020) True to its workplace-themed title, "Like a Boss" feels like a chore someone was handed. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2020
3/4 92% Clemency (2019) Woodard's performance as a woman at the point of cracking is the reason to see this film. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2020
3/4 93% Invisible Life (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) Let's just say there's closure: It isn't shocking, but rather a heartbreaking one - a bookend to the long, sad story that delivers, in contrast to all the dismal developments that have come before it, a kind of bittersweet satisfaction. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2020
3.5/4 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Sandler is so good, so committed and so watchable that, despite everything - Howard's irrationality, a rogue's gallery of unpleasant characters, the foreboding of a bad, bad end - you can't take your eyes off the screen, which Sandler seldom vacates. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2019
2/4 51% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Panders wildly, closing out this last chapter of the nine films that have come to be known as the Skywalker Saga with a story that delivers to the faithful exactly the movie they wanted. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
2.5/4 77% Richard Jewell (2019) Anchored by three top-notch performances in a story about the frightening possibility of false accusation, "Richard Jewell" is a handsomely made film. But coming as it does in 2019, its vilification of reporters and the feds is even scarier. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
4/4 98% 63 Up (2019) [T]he real brilliance of "63 Up" and its predecessors isn't the light these movies shine on Tony, Jackie, John, Neil and the rest, but the mirror they hold up in front of us. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
3/4 68% Little Joe (2019) "Little Joe" is a tale of exquisite refinement, not heavy-handed horror, always walking that thin line between implication and doubt. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2019
2.5/4 90% Dark Waters (2019) "Dark Waters" doesn't aspire to be something it's not. Like Bilott himself, it gets the job done, not by showboating, but by laying out the facts. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
2/4 74% Shooting the Mafia (2019) You'll come out of the film knowing as much about the Sicilian Mafia - maybe more - than the photographer who made her name shooting it. - Washington Post EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019