Lawrence Toppman

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For 1,586 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Touching the Void
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1586 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The two actors are at their best when Emma and Dexter get emotionally naked. It's mildly enjoyable to listen to the self-deprecating banter people use to conceal anxieties, but we connect to them most deeply when they bare their souls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    Writer Steve Kloves, who adapted all of J.K. Rowling's novels except "Order of the Phoenix" over the last 11 years, neither wastes a word nor leaves out any essentials.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Markowitz, Daley and Goldstein sounds like a New York firm that delivers financial advice, but they're asking you to invest only $9 of your cash and 100 minutes of your time. They have written the funniest movie I've seen this year in Horrible Bosses.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Toppman
    Inside this film, a poignant and personal story is struggling to get out. But it's couched in such awkward sentiments that it can't emerge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    The story might have worked as well without that stick-in-the-craw coincidence, which was inserted to maximize the horrors of Nawal's past.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    The picture doesn't inspire or reward high expectations, but it raises smiles.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Lawrence Toppman
    The sequel doesn't develop the characters, interject any warmth into its frenetic story or take us anywhere we haven't been.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    The film has a huge heart, and it's in the right place.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    Like all his movies except "Badlands," a taut 1973 debut, "Tree" looks gorgeous, has philosophic ambitions, meanders wherever Malick's imagination takes him and stays dramatically inert.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    A hymn to that beautiful city, is among his least consequential efforts. It's attractive and easy to slip into, but he didn't put enough thought into the design, and it soon falls apart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Super 8 takes its place among the best B-grade science fiction movies of this generation by copying the best of the past 50 years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Most of the actors live their roles, and Fassbender (Rochester in the last "Jane Eyre") is superb as the wolflike, undisciplined assassin.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    I have never seen elementary schoolers more passionate about education than the ones I met at a school in rural Kenya, not far from the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    What seemed laugh-out-loud fresh in its unpredictable rudeness (at least intermittently) is now chuckle-to-yourself funny with about the same regularity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Toppman
    This installment, which is subtitled "Give Us Your Money, Sheep," really isn't a Pirates of the Caribbean movie at all.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Anton has a sad, gentle detachment that allows him to turn the other cheek literally through a series of slaps.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    His (Branagh) Thor has more complex characters than the usual "Transformers"-style melee; though that may not be what the readers of Marvel comics now want, it satisfied me most of the time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Lawrence Toppman
    I can't recall the last film that so wholly, honestly and movingly explained what it means to be a Christian.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Hanna's a memorable creation, a girl who carries danger with her like a plague.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Sitting through Source Code is like watching a chef coax a beautiful soufflé into perfect shape for 80 minutes, then drop a bowling ball on it.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Toppman
    The biggest irony of this project is that it was made by a company that calls itself Original Film but has produced perhaps the least original movie of the year so far.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Toppman
    So despite fine acting and swift pacing and well-managed effects, it falls apart.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Fans of their grossest stuff needn't fear: The Farrellys are still the guys who put the last three letters in "crass," and their potty humor was too extreme for me once or twice.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Toppman
    The filmmakers try to make us sympathize with Barney by surrounding him with even more annoying types.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 63 Lawrence Toppman
    He (Chomet) keeps us waiting for a narrative payoff that will equal that visual splendor, and he makes us think that many small inspired touches will add up to something memorable. But when he opens his hand at last, there's nothing in it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    An honest, basic story set forth with brevity, skill, care and intelligence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You may not realize the imprint it has left until its last season comes to a close.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Lawrence Toppman
    Mitchell keeps the direction simple and well-behaved, usually just pointing the camera at the speaker, but you can see why this topic appealed to him.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    After 30 minutes, I wondered why I was watching a drama about a quarrelsome couple who seemed so obviously wrong for each other. After 60 minutes, I knew. After 90 minutes, I cared. By the end, I was riveted.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Polished, thoughtful and touching.

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