Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,435 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 4.5 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 Left Behind
Score distribution:
1,435 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    By riffing off two iconic American narratives of the last 35 years, "The Godfather" and "The Sopranos," it has changed the template for animation, making a timely film that still deals with timeless children's themes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Corpse Bride had me at the maggot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This film reminds us you can have a miracle only when David slings a stone at Goliath, not when two Goliaths pummel each other with sticks.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This is the first real family comedy I've seen in a long time: one honest enough to satisfy teens, wryly funny enough for adults and zany enough for little kids.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A crackling rendition of Dan Brown's novel, siphoning off unneeded fat and fancy and leaving us with a streamlined train of a picture that never stops moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    If you're tired of false holiday cheer, Lilya 4-Ever will provide a corrective to the spiritual eggnog force-fed to us all season. The climax takes place during Christmas, though one that would make Tiny Tim grateful for his crutch and cold chimney corner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Yet as fine as she and Ewan McGregor are as the parents, Tom Holland stands out as eldest son Lucas, a slightly sullen teen who learns to put other people before himself.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The sequel is faster, funnier and wilder, with more cunningly contrived computer effects.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Bloom finally comes into his own as a man here, somberly thoughtful and melancholic. The elfin archer of "The Lord of the Rings" and the trivial boy-toy of "Troy" have been forgotten.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    If you've been seduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage version of "The Phantom of the Opera," you'll fall in love with the gorgeous, splendidly cast film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The technical side of Baadasssss! far surpasses that of "Sweetback," and re-created scenes from the 1971 film look much better in the son's hands than they did in the father's.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Cedar is mostly interested in the father-son dynamics, and he cast excellent actors. Lewensohn, a famous Israeli theatrical director, makes his film acting debut, while the veteran Ashkenazi ("Late Wedding") handles his low-key role with bearlike grace.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    His (LaBute) observation of human nature is keener than before, his dialogue more attuned to ambiguities.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The animals' personalities have been carefully calibrated: They have sufficient edge to amuse us as characters, yet they're cuddly enough to market as plush toys or action figures.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Most horror movies try to show us the man inside the monster, so we'll empathize with his moral dilemmas or feel his suffering. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer shows us a man who is all monster, whose colossal amorality makes him a potential Messiah or menace to humanity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    (The Coens have) never again achieved the one-two punch of Blood Simple and "Raising Arizona" - the first darkly cynical, the second light-headedly comical.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Cinematographer Cesar Charlone, whose burnt-orange view of the favela made "City of God" striking, conveys Africa's slums with equal force in somber browns and simmering yellows. At times, the inhabitants seem to be on fire in their surroundings, a fitting image for a land consigned to a hell of unhappiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A horror film that doesn't wear out a moment of its welcome.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film requires close attention, especially while it jumps back and forth in time for the first half-hour, but all the pieces lock into place tightly by the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The voice cast includes Angelina Jolie as a tigress, omnipresent Seth Rogen as an acupuncturist who's a praying mantis, David Cross as a nasal crane and Lucy Liu as a cheerful viper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's a little more accessible than "Requiem for a Dream" and a lot easier to understand than "The Fountain," but its low-key grunginess may restrict its appeal to people who have liked professional wrestling and/or Rourke.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Less gloriously showy than "Memento," but it proves you can still craft fine art under the auspices of a big studio.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Johnny Depp has finally won me over to rabid support after "Neverland" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." He gives the most controlled, least mannered performance of his career, staying sweet and rueful while suggesting unseen emotional depths.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This superficial plot, almost devoid of characterization or weighty emotions, is an excuse for ferocious, fast and frequent combat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A high-wire act, treading a thin line of truth between hokum and homilies. You hold your breath, waiting to see if the filmmakers misstep, but they never do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's possible to groan, chuckle, wince and be moist-eyed, sometimes in a span of seven or eight minutes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    If you wait through the credits, you get one last joke in the fine print: The actors shot the whole movie in Hawaii, on the fabulously lush island of Kauai. So while they were shooting a story about indulged prima donnas, they were working themselves in one of the most tourist-friendly spots on Earth. You've gotta smile at that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Marston doesn't develop the characters, except for the strong-willed and quick-witted Maria.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The picture shatters all genre conventions.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Salva's view of the universe is bleak, but he communicates it with scary sincerity.

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