Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,413 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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Wind Rises
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,413 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The filmmakers' ineptitude is staggering.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The storytelling is inept and illogical.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    It's marginally possible that Nancy Drew is spoofing high school adventure movies, and I almost hope so. Otherwise, it's unwatchable on every level.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Quirkiness is as essential to a small indie film as beef stock to French onion soup. But if you don't have enough of any other ingredient, you end up with a watery, barely edible broth.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Plays like some uninformed seventh-grader's view of gay men.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    It's almost impossible for a movie to go irrevocably wrong during the opening credits, but the ceaselessly irritating The Jane Austen Book Club does just that.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    You'll have to swallow this gooey confection whole or spit it out after the first couple of bites.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The final sad joke is this: Weitz took a wonderful story about the danger of severing a soul from its otherwise empty body and did that very thing to his source.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Lee sleepwalks through his part, even in romantic scenes with equally bland Cameron Richardson.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The film is a saggy, oddly mean-spirited takeoff of "Walk the Line."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    No movie this year will better embody Macbeth's description of life itself: "a tale ... full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Of COURSE it's bad. It was always going to be. But it's worse than necessary.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Director Doug Liman and a trio of writers eventually forget the rules they set up and hurl combatants to places they could never have seen or even known about: Who'd willingly project himself into the middle of a Chechnyan war zone?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Just Will Ferrell doing the same man-boy shtick he usually does.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The script by Kristofor Brown and Seth Rogen and the direction by Steven Brill have a careless, never-gave-a-damn feel that's as insulting to viewers as the film is dull.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Speed Racer is chaotic as a six-ring circus, gaudy as a transvestites convention and soullessly cute as a robot puppy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    As a film, it's flabby and utterly predictable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Sandler proves even a hardened Israeli secret service agent can be an imbecilic juvenile.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    It's neither dull nor stimulating, neither off-putting nor engaging.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    We waited 10 years for a sequel to the movie version of "The X-Files" – and the best Chris Carter could do is The X-Files: I Want to Believe?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Solace is especially frustrating when it moves down interesting paths, then stops.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Allen's laziness is startling, even in so mechanical a filmmaker. He uses a monotonous narrator to tell us what the characters think and do, though he then shows them performing the actions that have just been described.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    OK, so no plot, really.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The best way to sit through Max Payne is by using minimal brain.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    A feel-nothing movie – a series of disconnected, implausible incidents that end as arbitrarily as they began, in an effort to inspire emotions the picture never justifies.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    A brazen title card declares this " true story." (Wow, not even "based on.") However many facts may be accurate, the movie feels contrived, with climax piled upon climax.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Reviewers sometimes insult actors by saying they don't vary their expressions across an entire movie. But until Knowing, I never thought that could literally be true. Nicolas Cage does widen his eyes with about 15 minutes left in the film.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The sequel to the 2008 hit “Twilight” makes no effort to satisfy outsiders. It's strictly for devotees who won't balk at plot absurdities, clunky dialogue and patchy characterizations.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Ronan, however, transcends the script. She's innocent yet wise, gentle yet forceful. She's the one thing in this picture that shows how great a movie The Lovely Bones might have been, had the people who made it believed in the book with all their hearts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Angelina Jolie is definitely worth her salt as an action hero, but Salt is never worth its Angelina Jolie.