Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,442 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 City of God
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,442 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The director lingers over images, watching builders at work or Baran at her chores; the camera often seems to daydream, like Lateef. No grand climax caps the film, but the small incidents have a cumulative effect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It gives such a down-to-Earth view of the joys, terrors, boredom, anxieties and camaraderie in a war zone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Each major character is complex, none more so than Bill. He's almost Shakespearean in scope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Director Stephen Frears...drops down to the underclass in "DPT," examining the ways in which educated illegals fight off despair, poverty and extradition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    I've heard that one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. By that standard, the U.S. "War on Drugs" seems crazy indeed in The House I Live In.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    No matter what character Don Cheadle has played in his 23-year career, he's always seemed to be holding something back...Until Talk to Me.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's main virtue, a large virtue indeed, is that it does not give anything away before its shockingly apt time.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Kandahar found itself in real-life controversy last December, when one of its actors was accused of murder.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You won't forget Nobody Knows, the quietly harrowing tale of four abandoned Japanese children.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Charming Stuart Little improves on original tale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Finally! For the first time, Hollywood has made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Haneke peels back the layers of Georges Laurent as slowly and dispassionately as a scientist dissecting a diseased mouse. The ending arrives with the power and inevitability of Greek drama.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Nolan’s tale is not only a trip through mental labyrinths but a reminder that memories may cripple us, unless we learn to let them go.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's a unique vision of war from the point of view of a Marine who never pulled a trigger against a foe.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Max
    Menno Meyjes' provocative film might be called an example of the haphazardness of evil.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A lot of chaotic fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The simple, utterly satisfying Premium Rush delivers just what the title promises.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Perhaps Zeitlin isn't really making an issue of class distinctions. Maybe he's just suggesting that we don't know these people very well, and our lives would be richer if we did.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's full of in-jokes, from the Spanish-language billboards to the name of Banderas' character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The saga regains its grandeur with a complicated but easy-to-follow story. The characters are as satisfying as the effects.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This film has two of Fincher's happiest trademarks: It's full of information and stretches over a remarkably long time (165 minutes), yet it's neither confusing nor overextended.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's tense, strangely funny in a lot of spots and – if you grew up loving old-fashioned, seat-of-the-pants baseball, as I did – the most depressing movie of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You may not realize the imprint it has left until its last season comes to a close.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The writer-director waited until he had the clout, budget and prestige to attract a top-flight cast, then turned Colored Girls into a movie with a little less darkness but plenty of heart and guts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The best war movies don't preach against war: They remind us of the costs for soldiers and families and ask us to consider whether those costs are worth paying. The Messenger does that without firing a bullet or putting us on a battlefield.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Fierce, fast and funny.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Evans makes a terrific raconteur, imitating voices and putting us behind the scenes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    In an era when most scripts are written by committees of monkeys, hearing one man's intelligent voice is an almost forgotten pleasure.

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