Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,419 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Boys Don't Cry
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,419 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A tribute to anyone who ever picked up a score, a pen, a paintbrush or a grease pencil - or a movie camera.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The usually quiet Zellweger is the revelation: Like her character, the actress seems happily amazed to find herself crossing a polished dance floor, sheathed in silk and diamonds, having the naughty, self-glorifying time of her life.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Classically scary.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A spruced-up version has been re-released after 22 years, and the addition of 43 minutes means the story really has room to breathe.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    For a movie that ends in the profoundest depths of sadness, Boys Don't Cry contains one of the year's purest moments of joy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Just as moving, uplifting and funny as ever in its slightly modified form.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The most atmospheric thing in the movie is Farnsworth's face.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A dark comedy that's as emotionally honest as any picture of 2002.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Jackson surpasses the expectations anyone might have had for him with The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of his trilogy devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    One of the most uncompromisingly bleak films I've ever seen.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Yet its visual surrealism, identity-bending and strong social/ecological message make it as much an allegory as a fable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Pixar's employees, masters of computer-generated animation, capture the look of the ocean like no artists before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Pearce, who's in every scene except the Sammy flashbacks, dominates the picture through his feral performance.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Its uniqueness lies in its juxtaposition of happy faces and unhappy realities, of fleeting expressions of art and culture undone by daily brutality.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Jackson had the vision, persistence, insight and patience for this mighty job, plus the smarts to shape stage veterans and overlooked film actors into a seamless cast. He's made himself as immortal as a movie director can be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's proudest boast is that nary a frame comes from documentary footage...Every riot, every explosion, every seemingly spontaneous gundown in the streets of Algiers was staged, then shot in black-and-white stock that intentionally echoes newsreel footage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Warms the heart while chilling the bones.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    This meditation on spirituality, loneliness and accountability could touch your heart's core.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Breathtaking masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    U.S. geography doesn't matter to Payne. He always charts the terrain of the human heart, and he's among the wisest of mapmakers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    He's (Yimou) like a painter combining bloody reds, sunshine yellows and pale blues in the harmony of a masterpiece.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Reveals the drama and degredation so powerfully that it ranks among the all-time heavyweights of sports movies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    What surprises us most is the picture's topicality, and not just because terrorists crashed a plane into the Pentagon three years ago.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    One of the most heartbreaking, unforgettable dramas in years.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    For the first time since "X-Men," I was on the edge of my seat anticipating a sequel, wondering who'd play the Joker and how quickly Nolan - it must be Nolan! - can bring the next chapter of this story to the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A picture from an old man working at the top of his game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Squid keeps you on your toes, but payoffs will have you smiling - maybe in rueful recognition of the truth - in scene after scene.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    It'll preach mainly to the choir - lazy thinkers won't attend, despite George Clooney's attachment as director and actor - but maybe it'll wake a few sleepers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The giddiest and funniest animated film of the year.

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