Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,419 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 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Toppman's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Ratatouille
Lowest review score: 0 Little Nicky
Score distribution:
1,419 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    An articulate plea to Westerners not to repeat these terrible sins of omission.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The best action movie of the month contains chase scenes, fights, a love story, exotic locations - well, one exotic locale, snow-blasted Antarctica - and a battle for survival against long odds amid brutal conditions.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Polished, thoughtful and touching.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    You may not realize the imprint it has left until its last season comes to a close.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    This film has two of Fincher's happiest trademarks: It's full of information and stretches over a remarkably long time (165 minutes), yet it's neither confusing nor overextended.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Did we need another Spider-Man this quickly? Debatable. But if you wanted a new interpretation – especially one where story and action stay in the right balance – this is it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    It's tense, strangely funny in a lot of spots and – if you grew up loving old-fashioned, seat-of-the-pants baseball, as I did – the most depressing movie of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    At bottom, all Payne's films make us smile, often ruefully but hopefully.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's main virtue, a large virtue indeed, is that it does not give anything away before its shockingly apt time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Most movies about people passing themselves off as the opposite sex can't sustain the illusion, but "Nobbs" does.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A character in Yann Martel's novel "Life of Pi" tells us this will be a story to make us believe in God. The film version written by David Magee and directed by Ang Lee may do that – you'll decide for yourself – but it will definitely make you believe in the power of cinema.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The simple, utterly satisfying Premium Rush delivers just what the title promises.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Best of all, we finally learn something about Bond's origins: The movie takes its title from his ancestral home in Scotland. (A nod to Connery, perhaps?)
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Talkies may have killed silent movies, the way TV serials and soap operas wiped out radio dramas. But there are stories most effectively told in the old style, and The Artist is proof.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    In rare cases – and The Woman in Black is one of them – a story may be more atmospheric when less is left to the imagination.

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