Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,409 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 The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,409 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Daybreakers is more serious, from its A-list cast to its political commentary, with blood as a metaphor for oil. Like the best genre films, it has something on its mind.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie seemed a disappointment at first, until I decided I was missing the point: It’s actually a drama about the way people treat a celebrity – with fear or reverence, as a source of income or reflected glory– and the way their own personalities change around him, while his stays the same. In that way, the film’s a small triumph.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The writing is haphazard at times, though the situations are funny enough in themselves to sustain our interest.
    • 92 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The Coen brothers have never really accepted the idea that a movie has to have a plot. Offbeat characters, sure. Oblique dialogue that sounds meaningful and occasionally is so, absolutely. Eye-catching cinematography and a subtle, mood-reinforcing soundtrack, no question. Irony layered on thickly as cheese in good lasagna, yes. But a narrative that makes sense from end to end? Well, one doesn't have room for everything.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Mottola also wrote the screenplay, which is most fresh and honest when dealing with supporting characters.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Watchmen is a fitting tribute to Alan Moore's fascinating graphic novel, even if he refused to let his name be used in the credits.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Pattison grows on us as he grows on Bella: His weird mannerisms and nervous delivery stop seeming like quirks and acquire an intensity that's hard to resist by the end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    A brain-free ride on a cinematic bullet train.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Most of the movie feels like a loose, sometimes improvised lark among friends.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Button has a wide-eyed innocence that almost never palls. It strays far from the mind of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but often enough it came near to my heart.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Comedy comes from an exaggeration of reality, not reality itself -- and on that score, Diablo Cody's first screenplay gets high marks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    It offers razor-sharp editing, first-rate performances, direction that yields maximum emotional effect and a flabby, unconvincing screenplay.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    It's as pitiless and brutal as any of their pictures and funnier than any except "Raising Arizona."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie feels operatic at times. Tempestuous arias play on the soundtrack, and Puccini figures directly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Though its grosses may not soar into the realm occupied by "Superbad" and "American Pie," it has more sympathy for its characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    For once, I didn't feel cheated by an unresolved ending, but let's hope this is the end. Robert Ludlum wrote three Bourne novels, and this is one series that ought not to be dishonored by inferior sequels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    For the first time in memory, the film ends not just with the promise of more Bonds but without a firm conclusion.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    300
    300 is a huge step forward in visually sophisticated storytelling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    I never thought I'd crack up watching a family mourn the death of a beloved daughter. But I've never seen a film quite like The Host, and that's far from the most bizarre thing in it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie should come with the tag line “Don't try this at home,” because the method has near-fatal pitfalls. Yet the characters' clumsy emotional growth shows us there's hope even for a stumbling father and two sons groping toward peace.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Whatever you feel about Truman Capote, you won't be able to turn away from him here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    This combination of tightly controlled farce and gross-out comedy works unexpectedly well, until the filmmakers lose their nerve at last and settle for cozy homilies. Still, four-fifths of a rarity is about twice as much as studios deliver nowadays.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    In its design, at least, Mindhunters"surpasses all other Christie knockoffs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The casting of Daniels, Tyson and Saint, all of whom underplay effortlessly, was shrewd.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie has been shot with love and wisdom, and its implausible premise doesn't get in the way of a sweetness and honesty too rarely seen.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Remains gripping until the final 15 minutes, when a series of sudden, unjustified plot twists leave us shaking our heads.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Jim Broadbent is the wild card in the cast; he screeches and growls his way through Madame Gasket's lines in the best traditions of British drag.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    This is his (Kutcher) most relaxed and sensitive work on film.