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 Pokémon 4: The Movie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 174
  2. Negative: 44 out of 174
174 movie reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mysterious, poetic and allusive, The Werckmeister Harmonies beckons filmgoers who complain of the vapidity of Hollywood movie making and yearn for a film to ponder and debate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    At once admirable and deeply unsettling.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A fine and loving memorial that preserves his charm, his intellect and his splendid body of work.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Quite simply a treat for the ear.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Experience filmgoing joy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Gast skillfully blends photographs, celebrity interviews with Norman Mailer and others, and colorful forays into the Zairian countryside, where Ali fostered black brotherhood and became a huge favorite, in a film that ''gazes well beyond the ring and seeks engagement with history''.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Propelled by a captivating, wrenching performance by Karine Vanasse as Hanna, a 13-year-old girl adrift in a sea of powerful emotions in Montreal in 1963.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Beesley, an Oklahoma City native who has been following and filming the Flaming Lips for 15 years, is far too close to his subject to offer a critical perspective, but he achieves a level of intimacy with the band members that most rock documentary directors can only dream of.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An unusually cerebral filmed essay that demands focus and patience from its audience as it sets about the task of unearthing a secret history of the 20th century. Adam Curtis, the film's director and writer, saves the proceedings from being overly dry with his visual wit and deft touch with archival materials.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A beautiful and devastating meditation on war, history and loss.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    With top-drawer voice talent including Joan Plowright and Dick Van Dyke, original songs by Jack Johnson, and old-fashioned two-dimensional animation that echoes the simple colors and shapes of the books, Curious George is an unexpected delight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Jeff Feuerzeig, who won the best-director award at the 2005 Sundance festival, cobbles together a moving portrait of the artist as his own ghost, using a wealth of material provided by Mr. Johnston, from home movies to audiocassette diaries to dozens of original, and often heartbreakingly beautiful, songs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The innate suspense and charm of the spelling bee, along with a trio of crack performances, turn what is in essence a formulaic sports picture into something more satisfying: an underdog tale that manages to inspire without being sappy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An intriguing and entertaining introduction to Johnson through his varied art; the mystery surrounding his death, which may have been his final performance piece, and the reminiscences of contemporaries.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Not often does a family film come along that is literate, clever, mischievous and just plain fun.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Literate and handsome.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Brims with understanding of the complexities of relationships, the frailties of humankind and the possibilities of joy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Its winning cast, spirited music and mordant view of establishment figures, from the police to cocaine-sniffing record industry executives, make Bandits a stylish, buoyant entertainment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Leelee Sobieski and Albert Brooks, especially Mr. Brooks, deliver outstanding performances in the first feature film to be directed by Ms. Lahti.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Drake can be rivetingly angry, intense, frenetic, frank and touching.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    But while rooted in British sensibilities, Bean is not to be confused with a Noel Coward comedy. Not every gag in Bean succeeds, but compared with most comedies, this one is a keeper.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Acted by an appealing cast, enlivened with well-chosen and varied music and filmed with bleak beauty by the cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In a very real way, The Great Dance constitutes an act of preservation and a requiem.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Harrowing yet hopeful film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though it is marred by an implausible climax and a cloying conclusion, this movie's quiet intelligence sneaks up on you, marking the director as a talent to watch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The boys, particularly Mr. Webber as Pete, are astonishingly good, and Ms. Monaghan, who looks like a slightly more tomboyish Liv Tyler, makes a deep impression in a minor role. Mr. LaPaglia, of the television series "Without a Trace," brings a tender gravity to the shell-shocked Jim.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Such a joyous celebration of sex and filmmaking that viewers will forgive its director for taking time out to enjoy a little of both.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Of these four plots, the story of Carmen's blended family is by far the most consistently engaging, largely because of the vibrant presence of Ms. Ferrera.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    What makes the film worth watching are the extraordinary performances by the more than 250 children cast as orphans.