Lawrence Van Gelder
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For 174 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Van Gelder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 90 Set Me Free
Lowest review score: 10 Glitter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 174
  2. Negative: 44 out of 174
174 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    At once admirable and deeply unsettling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Gast skillfully blends photographs, celebrity interviews with Norman Mailer and others, and colorful forays into the Zairian countryside, where Ali fostered black brotherhood and became a huge favorite, in a film that ''gazes well beyond the ring and seeks engagement with history''.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Propelled by a captivating, wrenching performance by Karine Vanasse as Hanna, a 13-year-old girl adrift in a sea of powerful emotions in Montreal in 1963.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Experience filmgoing joy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mysterious, poetic and allusive, The Werckmeister Harmonies beckons filmgoers who complain of the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Quite simply a treat for the ear.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A fine and loving memorial that preserves his charm, his intellect and his splendid body of work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Brims with understanding of the complexities of relationships, the frailties of humankind and the possibilities of joy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks, especially Mr. Brooks, deliver outstanding performances in the first feature film to be directed by Ms. Lahti.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Drake can be rivetingly angry, intense, frenetic, frank and touching.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Not often does a family film come along that is literate, clever, mischievous and just plain fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A beautiful and devastating meditation on war, history and loss.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Its winning cast, spirited music and mordant view of establishment figures, from the police to cocaine-sniffing record industry executives, make Bandits a stylish, buoyant entertainment.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    With top-drawer voice talent including Joan Plowright and Dick Van Dyke, original songs by Jack Johnson, and old-fashioned two-dimensional animation that echoes the simple colors and shapes of the books, Curious George is an unexpected delight.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Acted by an appealing cast, enlivened with well-chosen and varied music and filmed with bleak beauty by the cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In a very real way, The Great Dance constitutes an act of preservation and a requiem.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Harrowing yet hopeful film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An unusually cerebral filmed essay that demands focus and patience from its audience as it sets about the task of unearthing a secret history of the 20th century. Adam Curtis, the film's director and writer, saves the proceedings from being overly dry with his visual wit and deft touch with archival materials.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    But while rooted in British sensibilities, Bean is not to be confused with a Noel Coward comedy. Not every gag in Bean succeeds, but compared with most comedies, this one is a keeper.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The innate suspense and charm of the spelling bee, along with a trio of crack performances, turn what is in essence a formulaic sports picture into something more satisfying: an underdog tale that manages to inspire without being sappy.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Literate and handsome.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Beesley, an Oklahoma City native who has been following and filming the Flaming Lips for 15 years, is far too close to his subject to offer a critical perspective, but he achieves a level of intimacy with the band members that most rock documentary directors can only dream of.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An intriguing and entertaining introduction to Johnson through his varied art; the mystery surrounding his death, which may have been his final performance piece, and the reminiscences of contemporaries.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Jeff Feuerzeig, who won the best-director award at the 2005 Sundance festival, cobbles together a moving portrait of the artist as his own ghost, using a wealth of material provided by Mr. Johnston, from home movies to audiocassette diaries to dozens of original, and often heartbreakingly beautiful, songs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, this glossy melodrama, mixing references to Indian mysticism and the epic poetry of the "Ramayana" with late-20th-century feminism, teeters unsteadily between sociology and soap opera.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An inspiring film about an inspired teacher. It should leave all viewers with an ounce of curiosity eager to hit the streets with Dobsonian telescopes of their own.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Sublime in its involvement with the yearning of mankind to explore the heavens.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Filtered through tears, laughter and affection, the results -- are touching and fascinating though, by their nature unilluminated by dispassionate analysis.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Such a joyous celebration of sex and filmmaking that viewers will forgive its director for taking time out to enjoy a little of both.

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