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

The 65 newest TV shows and movies to stream right now

What’s available on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video and more in April.

April 24, 2023

The best movies of 2023 so far

“Somewhere in Queens,” “Showing Up,” “Air,” “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant," “Creed III” and “A Thousand and One” all make our evolving critics’ list of 2023’s best films

April 21, 2023

‘Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant’: A masterfully manipulative war thriller

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an American officer who feels compelled to rescue his Afghan interpreter, in hiding and hunted by the Taliban.

April 19, 2023

‘Somewhere in Queens’: Love and heartbreak, Italian American style

Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf star in Romano’s directorial debut: A father-and-son dramedy of aspiration and finding your own path.

April 18, 2023

‘Showing Up’: The drudgery and bliss of art making

Michelle Williams plays a tortured ceramicist in the latest gem from slow-cinema virtuosa Kelly Reichardt.

April 12, 2023

‘Mafia Mamma’: Looking for love, Toni Collette gets lethal instead

After her husband cheats on her, an American woman inherits an Italian criminal empire in this unfunny mashup of Mafia comedy and female empowerment.

April 12, 2023

New movies to stream this week: ‘Alan Pakula: Going for Truth’ and more

Our weekly roundup of new movies to watch from home.

April 6, 2023

‘Paint’: The ghost of Bob Ross is turning in his grave

Owen Wilson delivers a thin impersonation in this weak comedy about the famed painter.

April 4, 2023

‘We Are Fugazi From Washington, D.C.’ stirs up vivid musical memories

Film made from crowd-sourced concert footage and rare archival material makes for an immersive experience.

April 4, 2023

‘Enys Men’: Art house horror film is all mood, no message

A woman on a rocky Cornish island is haunted by visions of the past in the sophomore feature from English filmmaker Mark Jenkin.

April 4, 2023