Lawrence O'Toole

Lawrence O'Toole
Lawrence O'Toole's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer® when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Entertainment Weekly Maclean's Magazine

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T-Meter Title | Year
61% All the Right Moves (1983) Although the characters are not especially interesting in themselves, their predicament is, and it is one that untold others share. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
30% Superman III (1983) The film's predecessors were extremely smooth renderings of the comic strip material, but Superman III looks as chintzy as a Grade-B movie serial. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
45% The Karate Kid Part II (1986) As enjoyably manipulative movies go, The Karate Kid, Part II pulls few punches. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2020
82% Innerspace (1987) Noisy, witless and filled with unimpressive simulations of human tissue, Innerspace is a perfect example of small minds finding a suitable subject. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2020
82% The Natural (1984) The script is one shockingly drab line after another, and nothing in the expensive 1930s period design can cover up the shabbiness of the moviemaking. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
88% Heaven Can Wait (1978) What sounds excruciatingly whimsical has been woven into one of the funniest and gentlest movies since the '40s. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
78% Sophie's Choice (1982) The amazing intimacy Pakula creates with the audience ultimately makes Sophie's Choice the best film of the year. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
93% Chan Is Missing (1982) Director Wayne Wang has a lot to learn about cutting, pacing, composition and telling a story. What saves him, and his movie, is his ability to tell good anecdotes. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
24% The River (1984) If all the exquisite visuals are not cloying enough, the audience must cope with the sweetness of Tom and Mae, two of the least interesting characters one is likely to encounter. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
No Score Yet Windows (1980) The story, by Barry Siegel, thrives on the most primitive devices of plot construction and the characters are painfully porous. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
58% Love on the Run (L'Amour en fuite) (1979) Love on the Run seems to have been made on the run and for no reason other than to make a movie. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
79% The Innocent (L'innocente) (1979) The Innocent is fulsomely stamped with Visconti's style -- seldom has such lumbering been made to look so lovely. But the movie's blood runs cold: it's wordy and ponderous. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2020
85% Gandhi (1982) As a whole, Gandhi is never less than intelligent in dealing with the events and facts with which it chooses to deal, and there is never a boring moment. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
82% Chariots of Fire (1981) While the audience doesn't fully experience the spookiness of the sports arena where pain and ecstasy shake hands, it is given more than gratuitous glimpses into the lives of two young men out to better their best. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2020
89% Ordinary People (1980) Ordinary People (baroque music and all) will probably move a lot of people in the same way as Kramer vs. Kramer did, concerned as it is with people we all know, or might well be. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
89% The Last Emperor (1987) Set against the richly textured fabric of China, The Last Emperor is both a compelling human drama and a superb history lesson. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
78% Terms of Endearment (1983) As tragedy moves in on Terms of Endearment during the last half hour, theatres will be awash with tears. That tragedy is a contrivance and terribly manipulative. But the characters have become too achingly familiar to warrant an easy dismissal. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% Best Boy (1979) [A] little gem. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
78% The Rose (1979) Script and direction are terrible, but as the booze-guzzling, lonely, foulmouthed rock star with a baroque sense of fun (aka Janis Joplin), Bette Midler is terrific. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
88% Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Kramer vs. Kramer is about the best possible subject to which art or entertainment can address themselves: people trying to get along in life. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
92% The Deer Hunter (1978) The director, Michael Cimino, on his second movie, has an incredible, prodigal gift for making movies, knowing that editing is the shape and life behind film. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
62% Out of Africa (1985) An intelligent and highly watchable film. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
53% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) What is most astonishing about the child robot D.A.R.Y.L. is not that he can singlehandedly fly a U.S. Army supersonic jet but that he is able to choose between chocolate and vanilla ice cream. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
76% A Passage to India (1984) Like the novel, Lean's meditative, graceful film laments and marvels at the mysteries of human behavior. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2019
84% The Shining (1980) Kubrick takes the trash material of the book so seriously, giving us optical purity, frame by languorous frame. But the material can't support that kind of handling, and we're denied the few simple pleasures we expect from a scare movie. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
89% The Idolmaker (1980) Part of the reason why The Idolmaker is as compelling as it is comes from Ray Sharkey's performance as Vinnie. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
93% Raging Bull (1980) Raging Bull moves with a feverish rhythm and brandishes an obsessive style. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% The Brood (1979) Cronenberg keeps such a distance from his characters that there's virtually no involvement. But he does an effective, efficient, cold job on it. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
79% The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981) The movie is graced by the same unhurried powers of observation as the novel. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
61% The Hitcher (1986) Despite the fact that The Hitcher is both conventional and ultimately hollow, it does take the viewer for a terrifying ride. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
91% Gallipoli (1981) Gallipoli, like most recent Australian films such as Breaker Morant and The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, is fastidiously well-made and furthers the boast that Australian actors, down to the smallest bit player, can do no wrong. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
83% Flash Gordon (1980) Though the special effects are on the cheesy side and the direction little more than workmanlike, Flash Gordon has the good, giddy grace never to take itself seriously. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
75% The Competition (1980) The director and screenwriter, Joel Oliansky, somehow manages to make San Francisco visually dull, and you can feel the plot turns arriving the way an arthritic can predict the weather. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
53% Return to Oz (1985) In Return to Oz [Fairuza Balk] and [director Walter] Murch have managed the rare feat of giving a fairy tale the illusion of reality. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
45% Three Amigos! (1986) The movie celebrates stupidity - and it is almost contagious. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
27% Xanadu (1980) What could have possessed the people involved in Xanadu to go ahead with this utter nonsense? - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
52% The Lord of the Rings (1978) Lord of the Rings never makes that wondrous leap to the land of the imagination. - Maclean's Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C+ 44% Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife) (1977) And, despite the fluidity of the filmmaking, The Stationmaster's Wife is an awful lot of misery in just one sitting. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
A+ 100% A Man Escaped (Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut) (1957) It is Bresson's unadorned, almost ascetic style that lifts the tale beyond a genre piece. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2013
95% Yukinojo Henge (An Actor's Revenge) (1971) Director Kon Ichikawa works wonders with wide-screen images, including some scenes of dazzling swordplay. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2013
A 90% Phantom Of The Opera (1925) The main inducement to watch remains Chaney's tragic, ineffably sad figure. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2008
C 60% Green Card (1990) Even so, at its heart this movie is, like Pretty Woman, very tired stuff tarted up in glad rags. - Entertainment Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 1990