Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Lawrence Toppman's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
C- 12% Seventh Son (2015) "Though the film sat in drydock for a year, partly so technicians could convert it to 3-D, it looks as dull as it sounds. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
D 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "At this point, praising the Wachowski siblings as "creators of The Matrix" is like pointing to the boozy, pot-bellied ex-quarterback at a 15th reunion and saying, "Remember that great touchdown pass he threw our senior year?" " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Feb 5, 2015
C 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) "Chandor merely seems to be making points about corruption, not making people come to life. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 29, 2015
B 27% The Wedding Ringer (2015) "The razor-sharp Hart and vague, fluffy Gad make an appealing couple. If we can't believe these characters could really be friends, we can live for 101 minutes in a world where they do. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
B+ 72% American Sniper (2015) "At 84, Clint Eastwood has directed one of his most understated, fast-paced pictures. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 16, 2015
A- 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) ""The Fault in Our Stars" beautifully captures the hesitancy, shyness masked by outward confidence, feelings of unworthiness and quiet intensity of teenagers in love. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 6, 2015
A 90% The Imitation Game (2014) "This suspenseful drama reveals pieces of its puzzle steadily and slowly, until the final heartrending picture can be seen at last. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 4, 2015
B+ 98% The Babadook (2014) "Few male directors could've conveyed Amelia's wretched state without making her seem hideous or shown Sam's deep anger without making him unlikable. Kent has done both and left us to decide exactly what we think about this troubled [relationship]. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 3, 2015
A 98% Boyhood (2014) "There's not a great theme, a great performance or even a great scene in Boyhood. But I think it might be a great picture. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
D 72% Big Eyes (2014) "Burton has always paid tribute to artistic misfits in his movies, from self-deluded film auteur Ed Wood to blade-fingered sculptor Edward Scissorhands. But I don't think he's made a film with such contempt for everyone in it, except the main character. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
C 51% Unbroken (2014) "Four Oscar-nominated screenwriters -- Joel and Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson -- took a shot at the screenplay, which remains stubbornly bland. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jan 2, 2015
B 88% Foxcatcher (2014) "Carell's acting has been rightly praised, though it consists mostly of staring at people with an unfathomable, piercing gaze; Miller aims for maximum creepiness, and Carell delivers it. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 19, 2014
B- 61% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) "The Hobbit concludes as it began: in a welter of continuous action, with characters who have become archetypes but seldom rise above that level, and with a host of ideas J.R.R. Tolkien didn't put into his short novel. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Dec 16, 2014
B+ 80% The Theory of Everything (2014) "Jones plays her with quiet determination and suppressed strong feelings. Her fine performance never gets eclipsed by Redmayne's, though he's given the inevitably showier role. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 27, 2014
B- 35% Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) "The dialogue, which seems improvised at times, goes by like blazes, and we keep our ears cocked to catch the tossed-off and often overlapping comments. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 26, 2014
B 65% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) "This installment substitutes psychological action for physical thrills. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 21, 2014
B 50% The Toy Soldiers (2014) "The rough honesty hooks you, and overlapping storylines eventually sort themselves out. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 13, 2014
B 94% Whiplash (2014) "Chazelle relies on contrivance and coincidence too often in the early going - music sheets that vanish without explanation, a pair of drumsticks improbably left behind - yet the movie's forcefulness conceals its flaws much of the way. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 13, 2014
B- 29% Dumb and Dumber To (2014) "The Farrellys snatch the rug out from under everyone sooner or later, and there's pleasure in watching them do it - if you can check your morals, sense of good taste and IQ at the door. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 13, 2014
B+ 89% Big Hero 6 (2014) "Before it ends in a frenzy of action that piles climax upon climax, it deals with subtler ideas than we get in the usual coming-of-age stories. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 6, 2014
C- 69% Laggies (2014) "Knightley does a remarkable job in a role written for an American actress. Moretz and Rockwell give decent support. But you can bail out a boat with gaping holes only so long before it sinks. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 6, 2014
B 72% Interstellar (2014) "[Nolan's] most ambitious movie ends up in the least satisfying way of his nine features, but the ride up to that point has taken us to a more interesting destination than four-fifths of the pictures coming out this year. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Nov 5, 2014
B+ 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014) "At first, the images resemble a picture book: simple line drawings with static backgrounds, faces on which only lips and eyes move. Designs become more complex as the story does. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 31, 2014
B+ 92% Birdman (2014) "Keaton reminds us what a fine actor he could always be. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 30, 2014
C+ 35% Before I Go to Sleep (2014) "The ending means most of the stuff that came before could never have happened. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 30, 2014
D 85% John Wick (2014) "90 minutes of senseless, stylishly filmed slaughter by a nondescript man killing other nondescript men. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 23, 2014
A- 88% Gone Girl (2014) "Anybody interested in a complicated, psychologically disturbing thriller will find what they seek. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 2, 2014
B 61% The Equalizer (2014) "What other 59-year-old actor could play this guy? " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 24, 2014
A- 75% The Boxtrolls (2014) "It's the rare animated film that might amuse adults and kids while slipping a useful message to the latter. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 24, 2014
B+ 94% Love Is Strange (2014) "By the end, when love is in the air again, we realize the title is meant ironically. Love isn't strange, after all. It's something for which we all hope, to which we're all entitled, and which almost all of us have the power to achieve. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B- 65% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) "No matter what happens, the 62-year-old star holds everything together by sheer personality. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B- 39% Tusk (2014) "I'm going to go out on a limb and call Tusk the greatest movie ever made about a deranged loner who tries to turn a human being into an animal. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 18, 2014
B 89% The Drop (2014) "Hardy [gives] another of those ambiguous, don't-turn-your-back-on-him performances that make him an asset to any film. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 12, 2014
D+ 35% The November Man (2014) "Not even old pros Roger Donaldson, who directed "The Bank Job" and "No Way Out," or Pierce Brosnan, who has played many weary spies and killers, can pull this movie out of its self-dug hole. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
B- 61% A Five Star Life (2014) "Maria Sole Tognazzi has directed a short, piquant movie about the difference between loneliness and being alone. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 29, 2014
No Score Yet D-day: Normandy 1944 (2014) "The real strength of this movie is that it shows the massive scope of the triumph while retaining an intimate sense of the sacrifices it demanded. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
B- 45% Life After Beth (2014) "Until writer-director Jeff Baena loses his way in the last third, he provides a fresh, silly-touching take on the zombie genre. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 22, 2014
A- 91% CODE BLACK (2014) "Code Black appeals to our better natures while remaining aware of the money needed to let those better natures reign. It makes a strong case. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
C+ 36% The Giver (2014) " It benefits from a talented cast and handsome cinematography, yet its initial concept never gets fleshed out, and the world it creates remains unfinished. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 15, 2014
D 21% Into The Storm (2014) "Many movies require us to turn off our brains, and many rely on clich├ęs and/or coincidences. It takes a special kind of shamelessness to do both, and Into the Storm has that in spades. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 7, 2014
A- 80% Get On Up (2014) "[Boseman] shows the wounded interior beneath the cocky exterior. His JB can be grateful for friendship while exploiting it, or recognize that criticism may be just while refusing to hear it. (And firing people who give it.) " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 1, 2014
B 91% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) "The film's fast, amusing, good-looking and not overlong, which is all sensible non-geeks ask of such movies. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 31, 2014
B+ 88% A Most Wanted Man (2014) "[Screenwriter Andrew] Bovell and director Anton Corbijn keep us guessing about motives, especially Karpov's, until the last moments. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
C+ 66% Lucy (2014) "High-octane nonsense. Whether you take to it will depend on whether you consider "high-octane" or "nonsense" the more important word. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 25, 2014
B 85% Korengal (2014) "If the first film was made more for civilians who have never experienced war, the second seems to be aimed at veterans who want to reflect on their experiences. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 10, 2014
A- 90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) "The visual effects work superbly, and the director uses 3-D unobtrusively. The most remarkable effect may be the animals' eyes, formerly a weak spot in motion-capture animation. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 10, 2014
C- 83% Begin Again (2014) "A movie that mocks artistic sellouts and then sells out itself is like a cop who chases a criminal before accepting a bribe to let him go. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 1, 2014
B 17% 50 to 1 (2014) "Wilson has owned and raced horses for years and once had a 190-acre ranch in California. And he has made the kind of film he might have seen as a kid, one where patience and hard work get rewarded at the 11th hour. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 26, 2014
B 66% The Rover (2014) "Guy Pearce isn't as physically formidable as Clint Eastwood or Charles Bronson in Leone's classics, but he's just as determined and dangerous. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 19, 2014
C 42% Words And Pictures (2014) "It's so clunkily assembled that it trips over its own feet time after time. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 13, 2014
B+ 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) "The pacing has improved, even if the story coheres less, and Bell makes a hilarious and malevolent irritant: She's like the quieter white female counterweight to Ice Cube. " ‐ Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 13, 2014
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