For 1,403 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 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Gravity
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,403 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    When was the last time you had to wait until the final sentence of a film to understand all the details? When was the last time you went to a genre movie – or what looked like one in spooky trailers – and realized the director had fulfilled that promise and meditated on his favorite topic? Shutter Island does just that.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    succeeds as an action film, character study and metaphor for our own terrorism-obsessed time.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Selick's fantastical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel will be too dazzlingly rich for many; it'll be like "caviare to the general," as Hamlet said of a complex play enacted for a public with lazy minds.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    It's encouraging to see a nation so aware of its public image and defensive about its military decisions examine a dark day in its history.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    One of the most heartbreaking, unforgettable dramas in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    An experience as tender and troubling as any you're likely to get - or not likely, if this subject puts you off.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Reveals the drama and degredation so powerfully that it ranks among the all-time heavyweights of sports movies.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    He's (Yimou) like a painter combining bloody reds, sunshine yellows and pale blues in the harmony of a masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The result is a film that has "Masterpiece Theatre" production values but not an ounce of dust upon it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    For the first time since "X-Men," I was on the edge of my seat anticipating a sequel, wondering who'd play the Joker and how quickly Nolan - it must be Nolan! - can bring the next chapter of this story to the screen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A picture from an old man working at the top of his game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Squid keeps you on your toes, but payoffs will have you smiling - maybe in rueful recognition of the truth - in scene after scene.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    It'll preach mainly to the choir - lazy thinkers won't attend, despite George Clooney's attachment as director and actor - but maybe it'll wake a few sleepers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The giddiest and funniest animated film of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    To talk more about the movie's layers is to risk giving away too much. I'll say only that this film confirms Nolan's status as the director whose work I look forward to more than any other.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    The title comes from the memoir by Mariane Pearl, wife of kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. It applies equally to Winterbottom, who has made the rarest movie among this summer's releases: a taut police procedural that examines all sides of an issue and forces us to re-think our own.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Langella has always been a cerebral actor, one who never gives away all he's thinking. What comes through in this portrayal is how smart Nixon was, whether he's cunningly probing Frost's weaknesses or pitching himself to TV viewers as an avuncular, misunderstood Cold Warrior.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Just as moving, uplifting and funny as ever in its slightly modified form.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A spruced-up version has been re-released after 22 years, and the addition of 43 minutes means the story really has room to breathe.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Its uniqueness lies in its juxtaposition of happy faces and unhappy realities, of fleeting expressions of art and culture undone by daily brutality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Classically scary.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    A tribute to anyone who ever picked up a score, a pen, a paintbrush or a grease pencil - or a movie camera.
    • 94 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    For a movie that ends in the profoundest depths of sadness, Boys Don't Cry contains one of the year's purest moments of joy.