Lawrence Van Gelder

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For 175 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 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Lawrence Van Gelder's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 52
Highest review score: 90 Grateful Dawg
Lowest review score: 10 Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 175
  2. Negative: 44 out of 175
175 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An engaging and colorful but somewhat overbalanced documentary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A tale of negligent homicide, class warfare, vengeance, jealousy and murder, Stephen King's Thinner has the outlines of Shakespearean tragedy and the intellectual content of a jack o'lantern. But as such ventures go, this Halloween handout is more treat than trick, if your tastes run to dripping blood and repellent skin ailments. The production is slick, the Maine scenery is bracing, the characters are well-acted, and in a mumbo-jumbo movie with a few loose ends, the makeup central to the plot and applied by Greg Cannom and Bob Laden to Robert John Burke in the leading role is most admirable.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Given genuine life by the dimpled enchantress Nancy St. Alban, Nora makes palpable the bittersweet love at the honest heart of Some Fish Can Fly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though it could do with fewer talking-head interviews and more extended clips from these impassioned live performances, Young Rebels is essential viewing for anyone interested in rap music, free speech issues or the youth culture of contemporary Cuba.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In retelling this timeworn story of conflict between young men in the New World and their stubborn Old World fathers, Mr. Efteriades may not have generated many sparks, but with his affection for Astoria and its people he has given his tale a warm glow.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The director's attention to details of character and locale makes for a precise evocation of a New York seldom seen in feature films.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Manages to capture firsthand the danger, fatigue and sheer tedium of an arduous illegal border crossing from Mexico without ever becoming tedious itself.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    For horror film devotees eager to know how this unseasonable visit from the darker spirits of autumn rates, frankly, it's more marketing trick than moviegoer treat.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    For juvenile filmgoers and families in search of a more-than-twice-told tale with uplifting messages about the rewards of perseverance, the virtues of animals and acceptance of the handicapped, MVP will do.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    American Chai may not tell a new story, but in its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Some may be offended by this film's use of Sept. 11 as a plot device, but ultimately The Friend is less concerned with the politics of terror than with its psychology.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In the end, The Baxter is a Baxter of a movie: well meaning and mildly likable, but unlikely to sweep you off your feet.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The medium is more palatable than the saccharine message because Hopkins and Gooding know how to put on a show.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Simultaneously fascinating and vexing in ways that might tax informed devotees of both baseball and film.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A mere slip of a movie, a wan character study of people who add up to little more than a series of studied quirks.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Like Giuseppe Tornatore's "Cinema Paradiso," Just One Look is a tribute to the formative power of cinema, a coming-of-age film that nimbly interweaves the adolescent hero's struggles with clips from the movies that shape his romanticized notions of life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Caan's debut film is not quite a whole thing, but it offers up enough promising fragments to make his sophomore effort worth watching for.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Lovingly shot on location in the Italian neighborhoods of Providence, this comfortably predictable film has its pleasures, most notably a dryly funny Adrienne Barbeau as the brothers' hip, hard-drinking Aunt Lidia.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Establishes its ominous mood and tension swiftly, and if the suspense never rises to a higher level, it is nevertheless maintained throughout.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An earnest study in despair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Notable chiefly for its eye-catching urban backgrounds and an eclectic score that ranges from jazz and country to classical and choral.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Neither approves of nor condemns the choices made by its headstrong protagonist; rather, it quietly observes her transformation from naïve schoolgirl to wary but proud single mother.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It's easy to be seduced by this film's warmhearted, if slightly utopian, vision.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    With Christopher Eccleston as Jude and Kate Winslet of ''Sense and Sensibility'' as his great love, Sue Bridehead, and with convincing evocations of 19th-century England from locations in Edinburgh and the north of England, Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Not a subtle film; and, most curiously -- to put it mildly -- for a sermon on tolerance, it resorts to history's eternal scapegoat.
    • 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."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    If an Olympic competition for overplotted movie is ever held, Circus seems a likely contender for the gold.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The film, at least 20 minutes too long, has too many competing story lines to succeed as more than an oddball mood piece.

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