Lawrence Toppman

Lawrence Toppman
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
2.5/4 90%

Certain Women (2016)

"What "Certain Women" is really about is a filmmaker who had one marvelous story to tell and linked it to 45 minutes of filler to make a feature film." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 26, 2016
2/4 21%

Inferno (2016)

"When do the Dan Brown adaptations stop?" ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 26, 2016
1.5/4 38%

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

"Even the casting consists entirely of clichés: the chief conspirator with the sneeringly smug grin, a belly-thrusting small-town sheriff who smells of corruption, the lean and wolflike gunman known as The Hunter." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 19, 2016
3/4 51%

The Accountant (2016)

"A few pieces can't be made to fit, and two of those are big ones. But the rest of the story has been well-constructed, and the picture it gradually reveals keeps you guessing up to the final scene." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 12, 2016
2.5/4 44%

The Girl on the Train (2016)

"Somehow, the elements don't add up as they did on the page, and Tate Taylor's leisurely direction doesn't help." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 5, 2016
3/4 85%

Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016)

"His most entertaining outings have always come from Japan, and the new "Shin Gojira" is no exception." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 5, 2016
2.5/4 74%

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"Parker put his heart and soul into it, but sometimes the road paved with good intentions doesn't lead to Hell: It stops at mediocrity." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Oct 4, 2016
3/4 83%

Deepwater Horizon (2016)

"The film's well-paced and well-acted, and I couldn't take my eyes off it most of the way. I faltered as projectile followed projectile and explosion topped explosion, yet even then the excitement held up." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/4 93%

Queen of Katwe (2016)

"The honesty of the performances more than makes up for slight amounts of hokiness in the telling." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 28, 2016
2.5/4 32%

Masterminds (2016)

"Writers Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey start from facts and let their imaginations run wild." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 28, 2016
3/4 63%

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

"Call it the mighty entertaining "Seven," and you'll be right." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 21, 2016
3/4 33%

Max Rose (2016)

"It inhabits a world frivolous American moviegoers seldom visit: The last way station before death, where the will and body and memory all begin to fail together." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 21, 2016
2.5/4 63%

Snowden (2016)

"Even if you think Snowden is on the side of the angels, "Snowden" isn't the best way to learn about him." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 15, 2016
2.5/4 36%

Blair Witch (2016)

"While it doesn't recapture the black magic of the original, it delivers the requisite terror in the last half-hour after a slow and ambiguous start." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 14, 2016
3.5/4 86%

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer) (2016)

"The movie belongs to Burghart Klaussner, who plays the resolutely unheroic Bauer with gruff dignity, a short fuse, sad cynicism and a refusal to quiet his conscience." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 7, 2016
3.5/4 83%

Sully (2016)

"An unusually good director can make us feel anxious while watching a story we expected to have no drama at all, and Clint Eastwood does that in the low-key, beautifully assembled "Sully."" ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Sep 7, 2016
2.5/4 59%

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

"The result is a movie that crackles quietly without flaring up into an emotional blaze." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 30, 2016
3/4 87%

Don't Breathe (2016)

"Lang, snorting and enormous and bestial, seems like the Minotaur stalking intruders in his deadly labyrinth. For the first hour, the psychological cruelty far outweighs the physical." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3.5/4 44%

Hands of Stone (2016)

"In less than two hours, you feel you know Durán in all his pride, cunning, self-indulgence and ring savagery." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 24, 2016
3/4 93%

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016)

"By the end, a Zen-like calm that might be mistaken for stasis settles over the story. But these lives move forward slowly, inexorably, and they move us, too." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 17, 2016
3/4 40%

Operation Chromite (2016)

"A refreshing change of pace." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 40%

The Fight Within (2016)

"Director Michael William Gordon and writer Jim Davis give us a hopeful feeling about Logan without insisting on solving all his problems - or insisting that God will solve them for him." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 86%

Pete's Dragon (2016)

""Pete's Dragon" takes us back not to the 1977 film that loosely inspired it but to the generation before that, when movies for kids were really for kids ..." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 86%

Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

"If you don't confuse this with history - or with the French film "Marguerite," a fictional piece loosely based on FFJ - you'll come away touched. That's mostly because of Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 10, 2016
3/4 91%

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)

"When son Dweezil was born, Zappa filled in the spot for "religion" on the birth certificate with "musician." "Eat That Question" shows how true that was." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 4, 2016
2.5/4 26%

Suicide Squad (2016)

"Ayer has often been a careless writer, and so he is here." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Aug 2, 2016
3.5/4 82%

Captain Fantastic (2016)

"Mortensen has been ideally cast. He's at his best playing fanatics, obsessives, people beyond the norm who can't find their place in a quiet world." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 28, 2016
1.5/4 56%

Jason Bourne (2016)

"This stale, redundant story goes round in the same tight circles, revealing one piddling new secret and containing one unconvincing change of character." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 28, 2016
3/4 72%

Ghostbusters (2016)

"Yes, the final 20 minutes descend into big-budget overkill. (That happened in the original, as I recall.) But until then, this good-humored bonding story emphasizes the actresses' gifts, rather than their gender." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 13, 2016
3/4 69%

The Infiltrator (2016)

"[Cranston's] craggy face and mellow baritone voice don't show signs of tiring audiences yet, and he has one quality few actors achieve at any age: He's eloquent in stillness and silence." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jul 12, 2016
3/4 47%

Free State of Jones (2016)

"As the divide between economic classes widens today, "Free State of Jones" remains as relevant as ever." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 22, 2016
3.5/4 97%

Dark Horse (2016)

""Dark Horse" has all the elements of a great sports movie biography: A rise from obscurity, achievement against all expectations, a comeback from a potentially fatal injury, an irresistible "little guy vs. big guys" vibe." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 15, 2016
3/5 94%

Finding Dory (2016)

"The movie has plenty of heart and a message which, if not always subtle, remains worth hearing: All of us have strengths and weaknesses, while qualities that disable us in one way might enable us in another." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 15, 2016
2.5/4 80%

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

"Wan knows how to sustain tension through terror, though he could have abbreviated the flabby middle of the movie." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 9, 2016
3.5/4 90%

The Lobster (2016)

"I was caught up almost immediately in "The Lobster," a movie as prickly and difficult to approach as the title character." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Jun 1, 2016
2.5/4 48%

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

"Yet another summer superhero movie - admittedly, with fine special effects - where powerful characters misguidedly battle each other, until they realize they have to defeat a common enemy." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 25, 2016
1.5/4 30%

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

"Special effects and ingenious production design cannot conceal a spectacular hollowness at the core of a ruined childhood legend." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 25, 2016
3/4 84%

The Meddler (2016)

"We know where we're going, but the Oscar-winning actors take us there with ease and charm." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 19, 2016
3/5 92%

The Nice Guys (2016)

"Laughter trumps logic here, and the laughs flow freely." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 19, 2016
2/5 58%

Money Monster (2016)

"I couldn't tell whether the film was intended to be a comedy; as it became more and more improbable, both predictable and ludicrous at once, I heard audience members chortle again and again. Were they laughing with "Money Monster" or at it?" ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 12, 2016
3.5/5 90%

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

""Captain America: Civil War" appeals to me more strongly than any superhero movie of the last decade." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 4, 2016
3/4 60%

Dough (2016)

"I cannot think of a single sentence, plot development or performance in Dough that made me do a double-take, and I usually count predictability as one of the Seven Cardinal Sins of filmmaking. So I'm surprised how much I enjoyed [it]." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted May 4, 2016
3/5 91%

Green Room (2016)

"We can't ask for more from this genre, and we often get much less." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 28, 2016
3/5 76%

Keanu (2016)

"The real surprise is not that the high-strung Key and grounded Peele have rapport - their sketches demonstrate that - but that it can be used to anchor a full-length comedy." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 28, 2016
1.5/5 87%

Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

"If this project is some kind of huge in-joke, I'm willing to admit I didn't get it. But if I did get it (and I'm afraid I did), it's a huge disappointment." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3/5 76%

Elvis & Nixon (2016)

"Johnson keeps us in the right period in the usual ways - hairstyles, music, clothes, cars - but also captures the anxiety that hovered over America during the Civil Rights Era." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 21, 2016
3.5/5 95%

The Jungle Book (2016)

"This story is a new look at a narrative that was already ancient when Kipling wrote 12 decades ago." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 14, 2016
3/5 20%

I Saw the Light (2016)

"The best thing about this movie may be that it drives people to seek out the original." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 7, 2016
2/5 53%

Demolition (2016)

"This story could potentially move us deeply, if only the filmmakers didn't shatter the illusion of reality every five minutes." ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Apr 6, 2016
4/5 95%

Eye In The Sky (2016)

"Nobody has made a "how-we-chase-'em" story this gripping since "Zero Dark Thirty."" ‐Charlotte Observer
Posted Mar 31, 2016
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