Lawrence Toppman

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For 1,581 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Howl's Moving Castle
Lowest review score: 0 Left Behind
Score distribution:
1581 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Finally! For the first time, Hollywood has made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    British director Stephen Walker approached this project with wide-eyed good humor.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A potent environmental message wrapped up in an irresistibly cute romance between robots.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Proves eye-opening in two ways: Sweeping, bloody battles will make your orbs pop, and you'll re-evaluate this supposedly “uncivilized” man who unified quarrelsome Central Asian tribes to create one of the largest empires in history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    What director Jan Hrebejk and writer Petr Jarchovský are talking about is the Czech Republic, ravaged for decades by communism and then left to fend for itself in a world to which it can scarcely adjust.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The chorus backs the soloists powerfully, and they are as fresh as the rest of the film: fat and fit, homely and handsome, young gods and old codgers – in short, people you might really see in Greece. Reality in a musical? That alone makes it worth your open-eared attention.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The result is one of the twistiest thrillers in recent memory.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Wallenda once said, "Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting." This film makes that motto ring true.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The most thoughtfully satisfying of the first six books.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
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    You'll be disappointed if you expect famed leftist Oliver Stone to apply a coup de grace to this man.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Bolt has the magical quality of great animation, the ability to touch us without the hint of preachiness or manipulation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This documentary makes a terrible kind of sense. It reminds us that something we take for granted, like air, can be sold to us – if we can afford it. And if we can't, what happens then?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The most violent scene is dreamlike, and more direct killings are often seen at an angle or from a distance. The camera placement is thoughtful and effective, never titillating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Whatever you think of gay people (or politicians), you may find the movie compelling viewing.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You can't root for Ronnie. You can't identify with him. You can't hope he gets the girl – any girl. But you may want to look on with stunned fascination as he ticks away, ready to explode.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    South African director Neill Blomkamp set and shot the film around his native Johannesburg, so parallels to apartheid leap to mind. Yet the script he wrote with Terri Tatchell applies to any culture that bluntly excludes another.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Two things keep the film off Disney's top shelf. First, Naveen is a dull hero; his good-natured vanity isn't engaging until late in the story. Second, Newman's songs are less bland than usual but no more memorable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The best war movies don't preach against war: They remind us of the costs for soldiers and families and ask us to consider whether those costs are worth paying. The Messenger does that without firing a bullet or putting us on a battlefield.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Every era gets the Robin Hood it needs…Now director Ridley Scott and writer Brian Helgeland have given us an intelligent, layered story suited to our grim, patience-trying times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Nolan’s tale is not only a trip through mental labyrinths but a reminder that memories may cripple us, unless we learn to let them go.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It gives such a down-to-Earth view of the joys, terrors, boredom, anxieties and camaraderie in a war zone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This is a game of numbers, not personalities, and a shrewd man wants the bigger numbers on his side when historians pick up their pens.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Anyone who saw the Oscar-nominated Mulligan in "An Education" knows what she can do. If you didn't, you're in for the kind of quietly revelatory acting that portends a brilliant career.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The writer-director waited until he had the clout, budget and prestige to attract a top-flight cast, then turned Colored Girls into a movie with a little less darkness but plenty of heart and guts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Those of us who admire Charles Portis' novel have waited 40 years for a screen version that's as literal as possible – and the Coen brothers just about deliver it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Polished, thoughtful and touching.
    • 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.

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