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 Werckmeister Harmonies
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
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A quintessential Renny Harlin film: a big, dumb, loud action movie.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Nearly every one of the film's emotional scenes is too predictable to hit its mark, but Mr. Jones's dry delivery has its moments.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Think of it as a modern-day variant on a Shakespearean comedy, only without the verbal felicity or dramatic structure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The law of averages demands that every once in a while a movie must come along starring young nonprofessional actors who aren't very good. That's unfortunately the case in 15.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    With its heavy symbolism and awkward, lurching pace, A Hole in One leaves viewers with little more than the vague conviction - which I think I already had going in - that falling in love is better than an ice pick to the brain.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Film Geek has a likable premise, an unusual setting in downtown Portland, Ore., and a pleasantly homemade indie feel. Unfortunately, Scotty Pelk, as written by James Westby and played by Mr. Malkasian, is actually so irritating, so genuinely hard to take, that like the rest of the characters in this semiautobiographical movie, we soon find ourselves itching to get away from him.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Eventually becomes preaching that is likely to tax the credibility of the unconverted.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    As long on adrenaline and special effects as it is short on genuine novelty and intellectual content.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In the end the elaborate gimmickry of Inspector Gadget cannot conceal its very ordinary storytelling.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A high-concept, low-reward hodgepodge that mingles elaborate stunts and shootouts with stereotypical ethnic humor.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A modest but engaging mixture of comedy and drama that derives most of its energy from the performance of Callie Thorne.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Goldie Hawn and Steve Martin are appealing performers, but none of the energy, professionalism and gameness they display -- can surmount the mess that surrounds them in this misguided comedy.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Ridiculous without being awful enough to be hilarious.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    This clunky juvenile comedy lurches among multiple story lines without fully realizing the comic potential of any.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Memo to Shaquille O'Neal: Don't give up your night job.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The team that gave the world "Dumb and Dumber" returns with something feeble and feebler.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    That "The Keeper" was made by a novice is evident in the visible seams between the present-day narrative and the flashbacks; the whole thing plays like a loopy amalgam of stilted costume picture and after-school special.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    For all its experimental intentions, Loudmouth Soup feels familiar: a claustrophobic Hollywood satire that's short on kinesis and long on conversation.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It is the absence of genuine comedy that exposes glaringly the film's fundamental attitude of condescension and scorn toward blacks and women, and a tendency toward stereotyping that clashes violently with its superficial message of tolerance, compassion and fair play.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Cause for fright in only one respect: the possibility that it could spawn sequels.
    • 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.

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