Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,432 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Coraline
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
1,432 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    One of those rare thrillers where the cops aren't fools, villains don't turn stupid at crucial moments, and career assassins seldom miss targets.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Less gloriously showy than "Memento," but it proves you can still craft fine art under the auspices of a big studio.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Gandolfini's fans expect something quirky whenever he shows up, and they'll get what they've bargained for.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The picture shatters all genre conventions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Howard has never been so grown-up in his handling of tough themes or so inventive in depicting states of mind. Goldsman has never been so down-to-earth or created so touching a character.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Salva's view of the universe is bleak, but he communicates it with scary sincerity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    (Mendes') film debut shows he can shock not only with noise and nakedness but with subtle observations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    If you're tired of false holiday cheer, Lilya 4-Ever will provide a corrective to the spiritual eggnog force-fed to us all season. The climax takes place during Christmas, though one that would make Tiny Tim grateful for his crutch and cold chimney corner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's possible to groan, chuckle, wince and be moist-eyed, sometimes in a span of seven or eight minutes.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Plays out like a sprinter competing in his first distance race: It bursts forth with tremendous energy, sustains itself for quite a while, loses steam near the end but finishes ahead of most of the pack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The terrific Spellbound really isn't about the ability to tear words apart letter by letter. It's about nerve-wracking competitiveness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A richly satisfying adaptation of Louis Sachar's novel.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Unobtrusively satisfying.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's among the most inventive, screwily funny and consistently surprising movies I've seen in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Impassioned concert sequences with Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert and especially Joan Osborne prove the Brothers' balanced approach still works on Motown chestnuts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The funniest, crassest, wildest, most musical, most satirical and most scatological of the Powers trilogy. And you get to watch Britney Spears' head explode. What more could you want?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Has more twists than the Pacific Coast Highway and more layers than a stack of silver-dollar pancakes. If you can wrap your mind around one unlikely condition, the picture provides unalloyed pleasure for connoisseurs of cinematic con artists.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Each major character is complex, none more so than Bill. He's almost Shakespearean in scope.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The rabbits, foolishly introduced to a land that couldn't support them as they bred and dispersed, are symbols of the English: ravenous, unheeding, ineradicable and a constant threat to the native way of life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Brilliantly interweaves stories that take place decades apart, and features stellar work by three of the best English-speaking actresses: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This is the first real family comedy I've seen in a long time: one honest enough to satisfy teens, wryly funny enough for adults and zany enough for little kids.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You can say nothing of Castle-Hughes except that she's already a movie star: The camera loves her and we do, too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The results require immense patience but also reward it immensely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The most sophisticated and satisfying ghost story on film since "The Sixth Sense."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    His height didn't stop independent writer-director Thomas McCarthy from casting his friend in The Station Agent, scoring a triumph for both.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    McNamara's too mentally adroit to let Morris pin blame or guilt on him, and the director's not interested in shaming him.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Perelman and Otto make auspicious, nearly flawless debuts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It settles into the typical reflective mode of Iranian films, but something IS happening: A human being is slowly, sullenly, silently approaching his combustion point.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This film reminds us you can have a miracle only when David slings a stone at Goliath, not when two Goliaths pummel each other with sticks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Reflective, touching, intimate portrait of a samurai facing action in his waning years.

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