Lawrence Toppman

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For 1,585 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1585 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    There’s not a great theme, a great performance or even a great scene in Boyhood. But I think it might be a great picture.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It may cast a spell on anyone who has known loneliness, exclusion, feelings of inferiority or a desire to be encased in a hard shell to protect a soft interior.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    We don't find out until the last scene how reality and fantasy intersect, when the meaning of the first shot of the film gets driven home. How many movies have you seen with a payoff like that?
    • 97 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    It makes "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" and "12:08 East of Bucharest," the last glum Romanian movies about life under dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, seem merry.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Ran
    All that matters is that emotions be real, and so they are: wracking grief, harrowing madness, unquenchable hate. Composers have tried and failed to turn "Lear" into a workable opera, but Kurosawa has found the visual equivalent. Yet the last image of a man, solitary and silent, is more haunting than all the destruction. [10 Aug 2001, p.7E]
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Most nations, ours included, still tolerate some form of slavery or indentured servitude. And 12 Years shows the cruelty of denying not only someone’s freedom but his identity. Take away the essence of a human being – whether he’s in fetters or not – and you destroy him.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The most difficult task in Pixar's 20-year history: to make an un-Mickey-like rodent appealing enough to admire.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The songs are pure joy, for them and for us.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    You can’t exactly call Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity the best film of its kind, because it has no kind: It stands alone as an extraordinary balance of 3-D effects, heroes-in-jeopardy storytelling and emotional depth.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Yet its visual surrealism, identity-bending and strong social/ecological message make it as much an allegory as a fable.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    David Fincher obsesses about obsessive people.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's proudest boast is that nary a frame comes from documentary footage...Every riot, every explosion, every seemingly spontaneous gundown in the streets of Algiers was staged, then shot in black-and-white stock that intentionally echoes newsreel footage.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Zero Dark Thirty, like the mission that inspired it, commands respect, admiration, even awe in places for the logistical nightmares that had to be overcome to get it done. But it's a hard movie to love.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Every time it starts to feel like something we have known, we realize how unlike us these Iranian characters are.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A potent environmental message wrapped up in an irresistibly cute romance between robots.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    I think the trilogy has come to its natural conclusion: However you interpret the ending, we’ve spent enough time with these two people.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Rampling carries the film, appearing in virtually every scene.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Lawrence Toppman
    Relaxed editing and well-researched set and costumes give us a firm feeling of the period, and Dick Pope (who has worked with Leigh 10 times) excels. It’s a cliche to say a cinematographer does painterly work, but Pope suffuses the screen with light in the way Turner did his canvases.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    I haven’t seen a movie this year with a more brilliant combination of imagination, emotionally moving moments, witty writing, visually interesting details and psychologically accurate behavior than Inside Out.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    U.S. geography doesn't matter to Payne. He always charts the terrain of the human heart, and he's among the wisest of mapmakers.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Jackson had the vision, persistence, insight and patience for this mighty job, plus the smarts to shape stage veterans and overlooked film actors into a seamless cast. He's made himself as immortal as a movie director can be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The superb Trintignant and the Oscar-nominated Riva – who would win, in a just world – embody once-vigorous people in inevitable decline. Yet as another critic has said, the film is sad without being depressing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Director Tom McCarthy, who wrote the script with Josh Singer, has made a film without heroes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Yi Yi is an intimate movie, for all its length and complexity.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    If “Whiplash” was Damien Chazelle’s bullet train through dark regions of the New York jazz world, La La Land is his leisurely bus tour through sunlit fantasies of life in Los Angeles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    It's mostly a disturbingly believable portrait of a psychopath whose true depths of rage are buried where none but he can see. The ironically named Plainview does not come into plain view until the last scene, and the lupine, scowling Day-Lewis is mesmerizing in the role.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Moviegoers are turned off by depressing topics, yet "Diving Bell" supplies something film fans claim they want: pure escapism, the chance to experience extreme sensations virtually none of us will ever have.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Jackson surpasses the expectations anyone might have had for him with The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of his trilogy devoted to J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    It’s the first Pixar effort that feels less like a creative outpouring and more like an obligation met to satisfy a distribution schedule.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film moves slowly, yet at exactly the right pace. Long holds on faces let us ponder what’s said and look for visual clues that it may be a lie.

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