Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,416 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 Boys Don't Cry
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
1,416 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Here’s something I never expected to say, something I doubt I’d have believed if someone else had said it to me: Martin Scorsese can make a three-hour movie without one fresh perspective or compelling character from end to end. The proof, for three agonizing hours, can be found in The Wolf of Wall Street.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Lawrence Toppman
    Many movies require us to turn off our brains, and many rely on clichés and/or coincidences. It takes a special kind of shamelessness to do both, and Into the Storm has that in spades.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    The most catastrophic misfire in a dreadful movie season.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    I do have one overpowering Y2K fear: that Hollywood will keep belching out movies as excruciatingly dull, brutal, mindless and overlong as End of Days.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    Whenever the music subsides and the characters speak the Coens' lines, the film turns back into mush.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    About 45 minutes into Swordfish, the picture degenerates permanently from drivel to sleaze (only a short drop).
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    Just when the story reaches its idiotic nadir, Neil (Diamond) shows up to save the day with a song and a smile.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    The worst horror sequel of this or many another summer.
    • 9 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    It's bombastic, chaotic, plodding, visually dreary and patchily written.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    Zomboid, convoluted excuse for a thriller is among year's worst.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    It's an uncoordinated, flailing hodgepodge of music videos, chases, crashes and moronic plot twists.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 12 Lawrence Toppman
    This script by the husband-and-wife team of Leora Barish and Henry Bean is hopelessly contrived and takes forever to get to the point. (I warn you: The film does not absolutely identify the killer.)
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Lawrence Toppman
    Bad actors, bad music and bad plot make it a hellish bummer.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Lawrence Toppman
    It's well-shot and well-edited by Hollywood standards, though special effects don't reach the top Hollywood level. The stars have their hearts in their work: Cameron and Johnson don't have great depth but give their all. Currie makes a subtle villain.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Lawrence Toppman
    Director Vondie Curtis-Hall has managed to top (or should I say "bottom"?) his last theatrical release, Mariah Carey's "Glitter," with a movie that offers not one praiseworthy moment: not a scene, not a performance, not a technical achievement, not even a line of dialogue.