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 Two Family House
Lowest review score: 10 Followers
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
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    At once admirable and deeply unsettling.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Experience filmgoing joy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The kind of movie most independent films strive in vain to be: a small, beautifully faceted gem.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Simultaneously fascinating and vexing in ways that might tax informed devotees of both baseball and film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A beautiful and devastating meditation on war, history and loss.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    In a very real way, The Great Dance constitutes an act of preservation and a requiem.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A fine and loving memorial that preserves his charm, his intellect and his splendid body of work.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    It keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, offers a few genuine laughs, moves swiftly, if not at warp speed, and is led by a talented cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    For a film about death-camp survivors Forgiving Dr. Mengele is surprisingly uplifting and, at times, even lighthearted.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Filtered through tears, laughter and affection, the results -- are touching and fascinating though, by their nature unilluminated by dispassionate analysis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    An earnest study in despair.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Toledo's performance as the shallow and cowardly, yet strangely sympathetic Rafael is a wonder of comic timing, while Ms. Cervera is unforgettable as Lourdes, the ugly duckling who becomes not a swan, but a monster.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    No more than a sentimental little comedy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Intelligent, insightful, touching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Mr. Drake can be rivetingly angry, intense, frenetic, frank and touching.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Though Three ... Extremes may seem tame to jaded fans of what has been termed New Asian Horror, it serves as a fine introduction to the genre for those who are curious but squeamish.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    The director, who also served as producer along with Lisa Comforty, his wife, spent 12 years compiling the archival clips and photographs that make up this compact and elegant film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Lawrence Van Gelder
    Impressive, unsettling, deeply felt film.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Lawrence Van Gelder
    A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Lawrence Van Gelder
    However fascinating the source material, there's something less than cinematic about 90 minutes of watching people read letters in front of windows.

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