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Lawrence Van Gelder

Lawrence Van Gelder
Lawrence Van Gelder's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): New York Times

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
No Score Yet Meatballs Part II (1984) Pallid writing, awkward acting, familiar situations and tired jokes make the morons, wimps and losers of ''Meatballs Part II'' easy to pass up.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
4/5 No Score Yet Austere and handsome, propelled by an unadorned but magnetic performance by Sandrine Bonnaire.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2008
2/5 80% The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) The range of its satire and comedy, as displayed in 22 segments running from a minute or two up to 30 minutes, is fairly narrow.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 9, 2005
47% Electric Dreams (1984) In the failure of Electric Dreams to blend and balance its ingredients properly, plot elements are lost (the brick), credibility is overtaxed (the lovelorn computer), and what remains is high tech without being high art. ‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2004
70% Revenge of the Nerds (1984) Revenge of the Nerds doesn't do much for movies or nerds.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2004
2/5 76% Freeway (1996) Freeway glints here and there with dark humor amounting to a knowing wink that undercuts the cautionary tale at its heart and the seriousness of its graphic sociology.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
3.5/5 98% When We Were Kings (1996) When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
1.5/5 0% Fall (1997) Fall leans too heavily in the direction of vain and smug.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
1.5/5 0% Simon Sez (1999) Neither the Rivera scenery nor the martial arts of Xiong Xin Xin, much less the automotive stunts attributable to Remy Julienne, can lift Simon Sez beyond the very ordinary.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
29% Hard Rain (1997) For all the talent and effort involved, ''Hard Rain'' turns out to be routine entertainment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
4/5 83% Dead Again (1991) A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
1/5 16% Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) Five-year-olds who have read their Shakespeare will recognize that Turbo is a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
2/5 72% Habit (1997) Too much time passes before Habit pulls its plot together, and too much of the acting merits the description amateurish.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
3/5 81% Jude (1996) Jude remains a handsome if gravely flawed film.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
4% Gone Fishin' (1997) This is a film that misses the boat right from the start through an improper mixture of fools.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
6% Kazaam (1996) As fairy tale, buddy comedy, family drama, thriller or rap revue, Kazaam is simply uninspired and unconvincing, and Mr. O'Neal, who can carry a basketball team, lacks the charisma to rescue this misguided effort.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 20, 2003
1.5/5 35% The Real Cancun (2003) The need for writers who can create character and excitement remains unthreatened by efforts to dredge drama from dullards by saturating their environment with cameras and microphones.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2003
2/5 0% Jersey Guy (2003) Monotonously paced and too long.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2003
4/5 47% City of Ghosts (2003) Richly atmospheric and suspenseful.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2003
4/5 57% Hit Me (2002) A bleak, rewarding film noir.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2003
3/5 50% The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003) This colorful Indian spy adventure constitutes the cinematic equivalent of the delightful and inconsequential escapism of a 700-page summer beach novel.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2003
2/5 65% Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira) (2003) Can take its place among animated films unexceptional in their depiction of humans and among a long line of B-movies about small bands of mercenary heroes who save a world or city or town as filmgoers know it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2003
2/5 64% Off the Hook (2000) Earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2003
3/5 74% The Debut (2000) A neat blend of well-drawn major characters and drama, music, dance, romance and humor that generates considerable charm and achieves a heartwarming resolution of its generational conflict.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2002
1/5 14% Pokémon 4Ever (2002) When it comes to entertainment, children deserve better than Pokemon 4Ever.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2002
1/5 21% Knockaround Guys (2002) The action is bloody and brutal. Mr. Diesel is effective as Matty's muscle. But when it comes to father, sons and mob life, stick to The Godfather.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2002
3/5 75% Family Fundamentals (2002) As part of Mr. Dong's continuing exploration of homosexuality in America, Family Fundamentals is an earnest study in despair.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2002
3.5/5 81% How to Draw a Bunny (2004) An intriguing and entertaining introduction to Johnson.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2002
3.5/5 75% Kaaterskill Falls (2001) It establishes its ominous mood and tension swiftly, and if the suspense never rises to a higher level, it is nevertheless maintained throughout.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2002
4/5 41% The Next Big Thing (2002) A deftly satisfying, comically coherent sendup of the world of art.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 29, 2002
3.5/5 33% Astoria (2002) may not have generated many sparks, but with his affection for Astoria and its people he has given his tale a warm glow.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2002
4/5 52% American Chai (2002) In its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2002
2/5 11% Kung Pow! Enter the Fist (2002) To imagine the life of Harry Potter as a martial arts adventure told by a lobotomized Woody Allen is to have some idea of the fate that lies in store for moviegoers lured to the mediocrity that is Kung Pow: Enter the Fist.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2002
3.5/5 100% Tokyo Eyes (1998) Quote not available.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2001
3.5/5 83% Two Women (Do Zan) (1999) Quote not available.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2001
3.5/5 70% T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998) The film is the sort likely to whet active young minds to know more about the past.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2001
97% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) Mysterious, poetic and allusive.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2001
3.5/5 100% Yana's Friends (2001) Slight though it may be, Yana's Friends is life-affirming and filled with comic spirit that erupts even at the worst of times.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
4/5 53% My First Mister (2002) Of all the odd couples who inhabit film, surely among the most endearing are Jennifer and Randall.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
4.5/5 70% Grateful Dawg (2000) For those who have never previously encountered Garcia or Mr. Grisman, here is an opportunity to make their rewarding acquaintance.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2001
1.5/5 29% Max Keeble's Big Move (2001) This clunky juvenile comedy lurches among multiple story lines without fully realizing the comic potential of any.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2001
0.5/5 7% Glitter (2001) An unintentionally hilarious compendium of time-tested cinematic cliches that illustrates the chasm between hopeful imitation and successful duplication.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2001
1/5 4% Soul Survivors (2000) A sentimental story of little suspense and scant terror.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2001
3.5/5 71% Chain Camera (2001) Chain Camera may not provide a demographer's perfect cross-section of society, but it does provide a pungent, provocative slice of Americana.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2001
8% Summer Catch (2001) Figuratively and literally a minor league movie.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2001
0.5/5 33% Inbred Rednecks (1998) Quote not available.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2001
2/5 80% Butterfly (2000) While instructive on environmental concerns about the impact of logging, Butterfly does not reward those who seek dispassionate psychological insight into the zealous Ms. Hill.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2001
4/5 58% Pandaemonium (2001) Literate and handsome.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2001
3.5/5 No Score Yet Fastpitch (2000) Quote not available.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2001
3.5/5 60% The Tavern (1999) Quote not available.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2001