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 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
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    This sweet-natured but plodding adaptation of a young-adult novel by Carl Hiaasen could have used a little less broad satire of corporate greed and a few more, well, owls.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Amounts to recycling rather than reinvention.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Combines old-fashioned boys' adventure with a heavy-handed modern lecture on parenthood. The film possesses a decent heart but suffers from a simple mind.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Serious, competent and unsurprising debut film.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    If an Olympic competition for overplotted movie is ever held, Circus seems a likely contender for the gold.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    What results is a candy-colored broad comedy with noteworthy performances.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Sheds heat but insufficient light.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The buoyancy is only intermittent.
    • The New York Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A well-cast disaster movie more notable for special effects and stunts than for credible drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Knock Off runs breathlessly over land and water in familiar comic book fashion, offering more action than sense and next to nothing in the way of suspense, humor or romance.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    No more than a sentimental little comedy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    This mediocre sci-fi horror film about an Ohio high school being taken over by thirsty space aliens intent on world domination breaks no new ground. But it has an engaging cast.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though it flies in the face of credibility and becomes downright silly by its end, I Know What You Did Last Summer knows its way around the rules of the popular horror-film genre.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Slight but bright and charming.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    When it comes to an ending, Drive Me Crazy offers no surprises, but it arrives there in amiable, sensible style.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Amy
    Warm of heart, modest in polish, Amy provides satisfactions that must be balanced against its flaws.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Rather than seeming classic, Freeway appears to be another film maker showcase, a derivative apprentice work.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    These tales of upward mobility seem at odds with Mr. Pérez-Rey's choice to include a clip from the 1983 remake of "Scarface," in which Al Pacino, playing a Marielito thug, introduces a machine gun as his "little friend."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The Time We Killed has the raw intimacy of a filmed diary, but as with reading a stranger's journal, it eventually gets dull.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Weighing in at almost exactly one pound and unable to breathe or eat on his own, Nicholas James Baba-Conn seemed doomed to a very short life; his chance for survival was calculated at close to zero.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though it generates its share of unintentional giggles, Desert Wind does manage to take us to a seldom-visited place: the hidden corners of the straight male mind.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    To make a film in 2005 that asks audiences to sympathize with the plight of a band of terrorists is an intellectually audacious gesture.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Rodriguez seems unsure what his film is really about, making the moral of the story -- "dream an unselfish dream" -- feel more like a vaguely judgmental homily than a satisfying conclusion.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Theresa Russell is terrific as Angela's slatternly but loving mother, but her character disappears abruptly midway through the movie.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Morel's predilection for murky, nearly pitch-black cinematography and spare, elliptical dialogue indicates his debt to filmmakers like François Ozon and Claire Denis, but Three Dancing Slaves lacks the psychological precision of Mr. Ozon's or Ms. Denis's work.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Poverty, capable of stunting lives, can also blight films. A case in point is the earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding Off the Hook.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Easy to like and difficult to admire.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Turns out to be a pretentiously righteous drama that drowns any claim to serious attention in a sea of superficial characters.
    • The New York Times
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    More focused on surface than true revelation.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Ordinary lives have become an ordinary film.