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 Paragraph 175
Lowest review score: 10 Shadow Hours
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 174
  2. Negative: 44 out of 174
174 movie reviews
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In films, as in the ring, heart and will without exceptional talent don't produce winners.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    All its 89 minutes of fast cuts, swooping overhead shots, sun, surf, song, sunburn and sex cannot obscure the extent of its shallowness.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    When it comes to father, sons and mob life, stick to "The Godfather."
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Light on originality and low on suspense though high on design and special effects.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Even pretensions toward the humorous and hip cannot save this blood-drenched film from its innate tastelessness.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    There is an explanation for everything, but it is a long time coming and not worth the wait.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In the spring a monster's fancy lethally turns to thoughts of lust. This thought, reduced to a level contemptuous of taste and reasonable intelligence, underlies Species II.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Juvenile comedy targets a gallery of imperfect women.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Comes off as noisy and ill conceived, long on morphing monsters, short on storytelling talent and uneven in its efforts at animation.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Monotonously paced and too long, Jersey Guy also suffers in its early scenes from attempts at humor that probably read better on the page than they play on the screen.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Begins to seem not so much an examination but an exploitation.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Brilliant film of nature has been warped into something jarringly unnatural.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    When it comes to entertainment, children deserve better than Pokémon 4Ever.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A mound of standard-issue parent-child conflicts and enough self-help cliches to drive Polonius to the aquavit barrel at Elsinore.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Torturously boring.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Tedious descent into cinema hell.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Not very funny, intellignet or grippingly plotted, it is likely to appeal only to those who think that anything to do with marijuana - smoking, sharing, stealing or selling - constitutes the Everest of rip-roaring hilarity. [17 Jan 1998]
    • The New York Times
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mostly dross, an unintentionally hilarious compendium of time-tested cinematic clichés that illustrates the chasm between hopeful imitation and successful duplication.
    • 20 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Throughout this lame film, directed by Stephen Kessler and written by Elisa Bell, situations are developed -- complicated directions to a hotel room, Clark clinging to the face of Hoover Dam, Ellen the object of Mr. Newton's seductive charm -- and left to wither without a payoff.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    To imagine the life of Harry Potter as a martial arts adventure told by a lobotomized Woody Allen is to have some idea of the fate that lies in store for moviegoers lured to the mediocrity that is Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    All the special effects in the world cannot compensate for an inability to generate tension, establish and sustain pace or create any character whose survival is worth rooting for.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Here's the lowdown on the latest chapter in Mortal Kombat: deadly dull.
    • 12 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Amateurish and incoherent.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 10 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Suffers from clumsy exposition and uneven acting, except in the case of Eddie T. Robinson.

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