Lawrence Toppman
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For 1,434 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 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Lowest review score: 0 Waist Deep
Score distribution:
1,434 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A feature film as odd, personal and sometimes mundane as his (Pekar) comics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    (Cusack) has never been more effective onscreen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    His height didn't stop independent writer-director Thomas McCarthy from casting his friend in The Station Agent, scoring a triumph for both.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Another of Charlotte native Ross McElwee's musings about his family, history (this time the tobacco industry) and life. It may be his best.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A wicked comedy with just the mildest amount of pathos to season the blend.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Penn, one of Hollywood's most famous iconoclasts, must have felt instinctive sympathy with someone who told the whole world in general to leave him alone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    W.
    You'll be disappointed if you expect famed leftist Oliver Stone to apply a coup de grace to this man.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The movie is the usual kind of film biography of a respected figure from the distant past - honorable, oversimplified, handsome.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A potent environmental message wrapped up in an irresistibly cute romance between robots.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Examines Muslim family's religious warfare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film's an irresistible time capsule of that Camelot summer, blending girrrrrl power, social consciousness and faux-'60s pop with the fizz of a soda jerk whipping up a root beer float.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A love story more involved than I can easily explain.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Has more twists than the Pacific Coast Highway and more layers than a stack of silver-dollar pancakes. If you can wrap your mind around one unlikely condition, the picture provides unalloyed pleasure for connoisseurs of cinematic con artists.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The film was reputedly inspired by Japanese teens who trolled chat rooms to find predators, made assignments, then ganged up to beat offending adults.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    The songs are pure joy, for them and for us.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Reflective, touching, intimate portrait of a samurai facing action in his waning years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    Brilliantly interweaves stories that take place decades apart, and features stellar work by three of the best English-speaking actresses: Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 88 Lawrence Toppman
    A taut, consistently surprising political thriller with a sting in its tail.
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    If we admire anything about him, it’s entrepreneurship; there’s something uniquely American about a guy outrunning his own death by turning suffering into profit. And as a judge asks, why shouldn’t a dying man be allowed to try any remedy for his disease?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Once you accept that he (Neeson) has the badge and gun, you’re in for an exciting trip.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Is “feel-good” a bad word? Critics often think so. But when a movie explores real emotions en route to its gladdening end, when it takes time to touch on serious issues along the way, it earns the right to make us feel good.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Whitaker’s performance reveals a man who unobtrusively changes white people around him – perhaps without trying or even knowing it – through his demeanor and ability.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Now comes director Baz Luhrmann, who’s incapable of taking anything literally, and what do we get? The “Gatsby” that, of three I’ve seen and two I’ve read about, seems most faithful to the spirit of Fitzgerald’s superbly sad book. His audacity pays off in a way that may not exactly reproduce the novel but continually illuminates it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Career Girls is a chamber piece: intimate and direct, two voices performing monologues and duets of irony, despair and hope. [29 Aug 1997, p.11E]
    • Charlotte Observer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Eastwood has directed five war movies and acted in others, and he knows there’s no single truth to convey about combat.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    Yet nothing in their visually stimulating film registers as strongly as Jolie’s enigmatic, ever-changing face.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Lawrence Toppman
    “22” merits a B grade. The long final credits, in which Dickson imagines dozens of future scenarios for the undercover boys, kicks it up one notch.

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