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 Touching the Void
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,416 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie ends so abruptly you might wonder if a piece is missing, and it relies on one extraordinary coincidence I couldn’t swallow. Yet scene by scene, I found people I knew or wish I knew: Ben’s romantic advice to the straight but awkward Joey would give any boy confidence about himself.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Winterbottom has darkened the tone: The final scene takes place during a golden sunset that brings no closure to either man.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    All are watchable, attractive people who haven't worn out their welcomes. But if they continue to go round and round like this, they may. Aren't more African -American actors waiting in the wings to play romantic leads?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Vertical Limit is like riding a roller coaster for two hours. First it's frighteningly exciting. Then it's mind-numbing
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The Rookie is "Rudy" in a baseball uniform.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The lack of attacks lets us concentrate on emotions rather than explosions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    There may not be much meat in Hodges' stew, but the sauce was so tasty I felt satisfied after the light meal.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    It offers a grim view of prehistoric life: Carnivores slaughter herbivores, though we're spared most direct shots of this violence.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Like an impressionist painting. Scrutinize it closely, and the details don't make sense individually. Step back from it to study the big picture, and it will make a sweeping effect.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    They have turned a brief, appealing, honest autobiography by Susanna Kaysen into a long, appealing, rather dishonest film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Stuff yourself with popcorn, let the gray matter rest and enjoy what may be the best two hours of nonsense you'll see this year.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The cheesier it got, the more I liked it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Foggy allegories and misty metaphors.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Ali
    Overlong, entertaining, sense-assaulting drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Watching Lovely and Amazing is like coming into a long-running, well-written television series where you've missed the first half-dozen episodes and probably won't see the next six.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    This is one of the few recent westerns that requires you to keep your eyes open and memory engaged.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    A scathing, scurrilous, sometimes silly but often searching comedy about the nature of faith in the 21st century.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    State-of-the-art.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Deep as a Canadian lake: Below the placid surface, menacing creatures swim around unseen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The rest of this well-intentioned picture never reaches (Washington's) level of subtlety and intensity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Isn't quite smart enough to untangle one large, insoluble problem at the end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The film isn't quite as striking as its star, but it's just as honest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    For the first time since "Chasing Amy," I realized why people like Ben Affleck.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    (Ford and Thomas) give Random Hearts muscle when the story turns flabby, spine where it sags, wings where it threatens to stay earthbound.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The sunshine in Sunshine comes from women around him (Fiennes).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    John Hancock must be the best filmmaker working in LaPorte County, Ind.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Kasdan ends up with an intellectually dishonest movie about intellectual dishonesty.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    A smooth, often funny, occasionally thoughtful romantic comedy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Characters in Breillat's movies often make sex their god, lose faith in it, then find their lives hollow and grim. Bergman wouldn't have been so concerned with bodily woes, but he'd have understood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The Son's Room refers to every room this family will inhabit for a long time -- he's an unseen, ubiquitous presence -- but they may learn to lead ordinary, even joyful lives again.