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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,413 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    An unmemorable, frenzied, characterless hodgepodge that delights the eyes while numbing the brain.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The Critic's Code of Honor forbids me from explaining in detail why the storytelling is so inept, because I'd have to spoil the silly surprises. So I'll say only this: You can interpret the climax two ways, and both will probably infuriate you.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The sequel doesn't develop the characters, interject any warmth into its frenetic story or take us anywhere we haven't been.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The worst thing about the picture is that the people involved all seem to realize it's generic.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie that's meant to be his (Apatow) most personal turns out to be his most dully generic.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    It begins as energetic, clichéd nonsense and ends as irritating, clichéd nonsense.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's filled with inconsequential scenes and supporting characters who add useless atmosphere or by-the-book diversity.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    I hope his life was less dull than the movie he's made from it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    Writers John Brancato and Michael Ferris must figure the blinking lights on Angela's screen will cloud our brains. They ask us to ignore plotholes the size of craters... Nor does director Irwin Winkler shoot scenes suspensefully. [28 July 1995, p.9F]
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 33 Lawrence Toppman
    What do you get? A reboot of "The Lone Ranger” that metaphorically drags this noble story – and literally drags its title character – through a steaming heap of horse droppings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 33 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie feels not only calculated but tired.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 33 Lawrence Toppman
    The rest of the film couldn’t convince a sixth-grader it might happen. CIA agents search a home for evidence but leave the front door unlocked and unguarded, so Devereaux sneaks in and knocks them out.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Slater narrates as if reading a restaurant menu. Reid seems to have learned each long sentence in segments, so she wouldn't be overtaxed.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Messing may simply be one of those actresses who's the right size for TV and the wrong size for the big screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Everything here has been done better in other books, other movies. The lone remarkable thing is the level of violence, which exposes the cowardice and hypocrisy of the Motion Picture Association of America's ratings system.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Weak, obligatory stabs at humor make it more generic than it might've been.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Even if we leave aside the obvious time travel paradoxes, we can have a good horse laugh at the rest of the plot's inanities.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Not even the repeated sight of Jessica Alba in a bikini, the camera caressing her like the eyes of a strip-club patron, can lift this leaden refuse off the ocean floor.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Goes awry within moments and never gets on track. The scripters and director Harold Ramis have no idea whether to aim for cynical humor, film-noir romance or post-crime tension, so they miss all three targets completely.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Babbit clumsily underlines emotional moods.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Its main feature is incessant, unimaginative profanity...Take out the cursing, and you're left with a plebeian drama about angry, aimless potheads, sloppily directed by the man who wrote it.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    As close to perfectly unwatchable as it can be.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Once again, something that might have been a faintly amusing sketch on "Saturday Night Live" -- maybe even a tolerable 30-minute short, had the writing been more clever -- gets tortured into the shape of a feature film.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Bertino directs at a funereal pace. Speedman remains comatose, though Tyler flickers fitfully to life. The mournful look on her face suggests she's remembering the days when she was given more psychologically complex scripts, such as "Armageddon."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    I'm afraid it just stinks.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Designed to appeal to people who thought "She's All That" was too mentally demanding.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Atmosphere goes only so far in a story where the major characters fade from memory.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    The picture lasts 111 minutes, partly because of numerous false endings. Now, that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Totally underwhelming.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Affleck simply wasn't meant to play action heroes or tough guys. He's about as tough as tapioca pudding.