Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Publications:
Baltimore Sun , Charlotte Observer
Critics' Group:
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
1395
Total QuickRatings:
2

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1395
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
B+ 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " [Woody Allen's] spin through Tennessee Williams territory, where he has never gone before, seems fresh in the hands of an expert cast." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 17, 2013
B 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " Jackson seems to have realized that the story -- whether his, Tolkien's or a hybrid of the two -- depends less on massed battles than on meaningful behavior." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 12, 2013
B+ 89% Frozen (2013) " This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?" — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 27, 2013
B 76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " The acting stays at a high level, though minor characters go through few changes. DeHaan captures Carr's charisma and infuriating selfishness." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B+ 93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey, skeletal yet swaggering, gives a bravura performance." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B- 89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Lawrence gives the same committed, heart-rending performance, and she's even more saintly than before ..." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 21, 2013
B 93% All Is Lost (2013) " Though a picture may not really be worth a thousand words, striking images can hold our attention when no words are forthcoming." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 8, 2013
A 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " As we watch a finite horror envelop Northup, we imagine the infinite horror of people trapped in lifelong captivity." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 1, 2013
B+ 99% Wadjda (2013) " On the surface, it's about a plucky 10-year-old girl who wants a bicycle and uses ingenuity and hard work to raise money to buy one. Yet it's really about the crushing future that awaits Wadjda when she grows to womanhood." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 25, 2013
D 34% The Counselor (2013) " The endlessly enigmatic conversations and continual introduction of characters who never get defined for us (let alone fleshed out) finally make the movie arid, repetitive and hollow." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 25, 2013
A 93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Even if you know the outcome, you go away saying, "This is how it must have been" at every turn." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 10, 2013
A+ 97% Gravity (2013) " You can't exactly call Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity the best film of its kind, because it has no kind: It stands alone as an extraordinary balance of 3-D effects, heroes-in-jeopardy storytelling and emotional depth." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 3, 2013
B+ 96% Enough Said (2013) " The result is one of the most honest recent comedies about romances that flourish, marriages that totter and the difficulties of raising children with the right blend of respect, discipline and support." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 27, 2013
B 82% Prisoners (2013) " By the end, the filmmakers have slightly lost sight of the journey on which they began. Yet the trip they've taken, fueled by Jackman's rage and Gyllenhaal's doggedness and the complicitous uneasiness of Davis and Howard, has plenty of dramatic power." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 19, 2013
B- 2% Getaway (2013) " Hawke compensates with a vivid, ferocious performance that doesn't go over the top." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 30, 2013
A- 93% The Spectacular Now (2013) " The spectacular performance comes from Woodley, last seen as the rebellious daughter of George Clooney in The Descendants. She embodies every shy girl in high school whose inner beauty makes her sparkle." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B- 74% You're Next (2013) " Just as I was starting to think of it as a "motiveless psychos terrorize rich family" movie (a la The Purge), it gave me good reasons to watch." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 23, 2013
B+ 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " The movie belongs mostly to Whitaker, who can convey affection, sadness and disapproval while scarcely raising his voice or an eyebrow." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 16, 2013
B- 68% Elysium (2013) " In an era when so few big-budget directors have anything to say, Blomkamp still runs ahead of most of that pack." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 8, 2013
C 26% Planes (2013) " It draws the narrowest bead on a target audience of any film in recent memory: Elementary school-age boys may well be delighted, but it offers not a scintilla of stimulation for anyone else." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 8, 2013
2.5/4 93% Midnight in Paris (2011) " It's attractive and easy to slip into, but [Allen] didn't put enough thought into the design, and it soon falls apart." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 3, 2013
B- 48% I'm So Excited! (2013) " Pedro Almodóvar crammed actors he's worked with over the years into a movie so wacky it defies analysis." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 2, 2013
B 64% 2 Guns (2013) " This isn't the kind of gangster movie where we root for the least disgusting cockroach to step on the others; we can respect the guys whose point of view we share." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 1, 2013
C- 69% The Wolverine (2013) " The film has a desperation about it: Writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank and director James Mangold hurl plot point after plot point at us as if they were boring themselves and afraid to bore us as well." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 26, 2013
B 85% The Way Way Back (2013) " It doesn't yank on your heartstrings, though you'll be touched gently at last. It doesn't insult your intelligence. (Indeed, it presumes you have some left.)" — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 18, 2013
C 72% Pacific Rim (2013) " Director Guillermo del Toro, master of thoughtful horror in the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone, gives himself over entirely to his inner 11-year-old." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 11, 2013
B+ 74% Despicable Me 2 (2013) " The franchise has enough zip and humor to be worthwhile." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 2, 2013
D+ 31% The Lone Ranger (2013) " A reboot of The Lone Ranger that metaphorically drags this noble story -- and literally drags its title character -- through a steaming heap of horse droppings." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 2, 2013
B 50% White House Down (2013) " Emmerich has always handled action scenes capably." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 27, 2013
B 98% Before Midnight (2013) " I think the trilogy has come to its natural conclusion: However you interpret the ending, we've spent enough time with these two people." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 13, 2013
B 56% Man of Steel (2013) " When the movie sticks with this storyline, or with the science-fiction elements of his trip to Earth and his purpose here, it's a compelling new look at one of the most famous origin stories in comics." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 13, 2013
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) " For all its message about self-discovery and self-respect, this is really a 100-minute opportunity to titter at hunks in heels." — Baltimore Sun
Posted Jun 12, 2013
C- 38% The Purge (2013) " Whom do we root for, when both the family under assault from murderous hooligans and the hooligans themselves behave like idiots?" — Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 7, 2013
A- 50% Now You See Me (2013) " Now You See Me can't quite claim to be the ideal crime drama -- that would be The Usual Suspects, which justly won an Oscar for its script -- but it's only one level down." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 30, 2013
C 11% After Earth (2013) " M. Night Shyamalan has directed movies that are surprising, hokey, suspenseful, sentimental, clever, touching or cheesy. But until After Earth, he hadn't made any that are dull from end to end." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 30, 2013
C- 51% At Any Price (2013) " Maybe the writer-director found himself adrift in the corn fields." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 24, 2013
B 87% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) " The humor in the dialogue, always droll and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, relies mostly on Quinto's ability to give deadpan line readings." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 17, 2013
B 89% In the House (2013) " It's partly real and partly a fable, full of events that might have happened or could never have happened, with intrigues that defy us to take them seriously." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 15, 2013
B+ 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) " DiCaprio captures all sides of Gatsby: the hardness of the swindler, the softness of the man who needs a confidant, the foolishness of a dreamer who invests in a dead dream." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 9, 2013
B 78% Iron Man 3 (2013) " By the time innumerable suits of armor were flying through the air, instantly assembling and disassembling themselves around Tony Stark while he was running and jumping, I was worn out. But the ride up to then had been a jolt of continuous pleasure." — Charlotte Observer
Posted May 2, 2013
C- 45% To The Wonder (2013) " Trying to hold onto any part of it is like trying to catch meringue in a baseball glove." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 26, 2013
C 54% Oblivion (2013) " The film comes from a comic book, looks like a video game and doesn't bother us with complications." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 18, 2013
C+ 68% Trance (2013) " Trance stumbles around like a blind rat in a maze with no cheese at any exit: Whatever conclusion it reaches will leave us dissatisfied." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 12, 2013
C- 38% Admission (2013) " Doris Day will be 89 in two weeks, which makes her exactly half a century too old to play the lead in Admission. That's a pity, as perhaps only she could have done it justice -- if it had been made in 1958." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 22, 2013
B- 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) " What we get here is Oz the Amiable and Unthreatening ..." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 7, 2013
3.5/4 94% The King's Speech (2010) " Polished, thoughtful and touching." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 16, 2013
3.5/4 98% The Artist (2011) " Had The Artist been made 75 years ago, it might have been brushed aside as melodrama. Today, its affection for a lost past strikes the right note of wistful nostalgia." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 15, 2013
3/4 94% The Rabbi's Cat (2012) " Like the title character, the makers of The Rabbi's Cat follow their noses wherever a new scent leads. Their eternal curiosity buoys this Cat, then impairs it somewhat, but redeems it by the end." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 15, 2013
2.5/4 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " Writer-director Richard LaGravenese introduces characters and loses track of them, builds toward a mildly daring ending and backs cravenly away from it, even seems to contradict himself ..." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 13, 2013
2.5/4 19% Identity Thief (2013) " McCarthy, who has been wackily funny in supporting parts, will be the revelation for most of us: Not only can she carry a lead, but she handles heartfelt moments of joy and sorrow." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 7, 2013
3.5/4 93% Amour (2012) " The superb Trintignant and the Oscar-nominated Riva -- who would win, in a just world -- embody once-vigorous people in inevitable decline." — Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 7, 2013
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