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 8.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Van Gelder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 51
Highest review score: 90 Two Family House
Lowest review score: 10 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 174
  2. Negative: 44 out of 174
174 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It's an intimate chamber piece, dialogue-heavy and at times claustrophobic, but the four central characters are so deftly sketched, and their shifting alliances so intricately choreographed, that the film never feels talky or staged. The actors are consistently excellent.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Toledo's performance as the shallow and cowardly, yet strangely sympathetic Rafael is a wonder of comic timing, while Ms. Cervera is unforgettable as Lourdes, the ugly duckling who becomes not a swan, but a monster.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though Three ... Extremes may seem tame to jaded fans of what has been termed New Asian Horror, it serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Within that narrow framework, the film is quite successful, using archival photographs, clips from pornographic films and television commercials, and interviews to evoke the period between June 1969, when the Stonewall riots brought homosexuality out of the shadows, to June 1981, when the AIDS epidemic began.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The kind of movie most independent films strive in vain to be: a small, beautifully faceted gem.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    For a film about death-camp survivors Forgiving Dr. Mengele is surprisingly uplifting and, at times, even lighthearted.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The overall effect, especially given the gorgeous setting and liquid-gold cinematography, is less a discussion of the divine than a commercial for it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The story is told in faux-documentary style, echoing the films of Christopher Guest, and if the cast never quite matches Mr. Guest's ensemble in comic inventiveness, they nonetheless manage to invest a very slight story line with a loose, scruffy charm.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An offbeat little charmer of a mystery.
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    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Artfully treading a fine line between operatic tragedy and romantic comedy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The characters...are well cast, well directed and skillfully acted, if not a particularly admirable lot.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    High-spirited entertainment .
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Brigham City, like "God's Army," may proselytize for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but Brigham City is also an example of concise, skillful filmmaking.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Impressive, unsettling, deeply felt film.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Sublime in its involvement with the yearning of mankind to explore the heavens.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Intelligent, insightful, touching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The portrayals by the fetching Ms. Yoshikawa and Mr. Takeda are consistently absorbing, and Mr. Limosin's plotting, though essentially gimmicky and manipulative, packs mystery and tension.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    This well-cast film does with a lighter hand for art what "The Producers" does for show business.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Astringent and unsentimental, it is a case study of losing, its clear eye focused unwaveringly on the realities of commerce and kinship.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Richly atmospheric and suspenseful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It is probably hopeless in the presence of Trekkies to do anything but sit back -- amused, bemused and astonished -- and watch the devotions of fans of the various incarnations of "Star Trek."
    • 26 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A smoother, funnier, more suspenseful and more endearing version of the 1980 John Cassavetes film of the same title.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Sometimes amateurishly acted by the appealing younger cast but is nonetheless a neat blend of well-drawn major characters and drama, music, dance, romance and humor that generates considerable charm and achieves a heartwarming resolution of its generational conflict.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, offers a few genuine laughs, moves swiftly, if not at warp speed, and is led by a talented cast.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The kind of silly summer fun that gives family entertainment a good name.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    May not be dispassionate filmmaking, but it is certainly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The director, who also served as producer along with Lisa Comforty, his wife, spent 12 years compiling the archival clips and photographs that make up this compact and elegant film.