Michael O'Sullivan

Washington, D.C.

Film critic and reporter covering movies and the people who make them

Education: Haverford College, BA in English literature

Michael O'Sullivan is a staff writer and editor for The Washington Post's pop culture team. He has worked at the newspaper since 1993, contributing reviews and features on film, fine art, theater and other forms of entertainment to Style and Weekend.
Latest from Michael O'Sullivan

I scream, you scream, we all scream for no more ‘Scream’ movies

The fifth installment in the ‘meta-slasher whodunit’ franchise has worn out its welcome.

January 12, 2022

‘Munich: The Edge of War’ movie review: A game of geopolitical chicken, played out in personal terms

The outbreak of World War II looms in this small-stakes human drama.

January 12, 2022

Man is the true subject of this strange, and strangely moving, documentary about a snow leopard

‘The Velvet Queen’ finds poetry and profound insight in moments of exquisite boredom.

January 11, 2022

‘A Hero,’ from filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, is a Dostoyevskian tale of everyday tragedy

A man tries to extricate himself from debtor’s prison in the Iranian filmmaker’s latest drama.

January 5, 2022

Pedro Almodóvar confronts Spain’s past, in the moving, masterful ‘Parallel Mothers’

A twisty meditation on motherhood exhumes the buried history of the Spanish Civil War.

January 4, 2022

The movies that wowed Post critics in 2021 — and where to watch them

These 33 films — from drama to comedy and from musical to documentary — earned top marks.

December 29, 2021

‘Red Rocket’ movie review: cultural voyeurism masquerading as compassion

Sean Baker’s latest film follows a washed-up-porn star at the dawn of Trumpism.

December 21, 2021

‘The Tender Bar’ movie review: Liquor and life lessons, served neat

Ben Affleck shines as a boy’s avuncular mentor, in George Clooney’s adaptation of J.R. Moehringer’s memoir.

December 21, 2021