Fred Topel

Fred Topel

""Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead." "

Agrees with the Tomatometer 61% of the time.

Favorites:
Labyrinth, Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, The Big Hit, The Big One (Michael Moore), Casablanca
Publications:
About.com , Can Magazine , CraveOnline , E! Online , FilmStew.com , Hollywood.com , IGN Movies , Madblast.com , MovieWeb , Rotten Tomatoes , Sci Fi Wire , Screen Junkies , Suite101.com
Total Reviews:
1313
Total QuickRatings:
359
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
8.5/10 60% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Wolf Creek ramped up to that relentless third act; Wolf Creek 2 begins at that third act and remains as relentless as ever." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3/10 71% In Your Eyes " It almost seems like a failed TV pilot where they were planning to tell some really cool stories in the first season, but they never ended up writing those episodes." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 23, 2014
91% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blue Ruin takes a simple premise and keeps the universal truth while ditching the universal cliches." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 22, 2014
6/10 62% Draft Day (2014) " A sports movie for people who thought Moneyball was too accessible." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 10, 2014
6/10 30% Grudge Match (2013) " I do have to marvel at the way Stallone has always been able to make himself the underdog. This is a massive monster of a man who should by any account be the Goliath to any movie's David, yet he's always able to play vulnerable." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 7, 2014
3.5/10 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The conspiracy plays out like the screenwriters read The Huffington Post after The PATRIOT Act but didn't know that TV's "Person of Interest" was already doing this." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 4, 2014
9/10 83% Coherence (2014) " This is the kind of movie I'm always hoping to discover at a film festival." — CraveOnline
Posted Apr 2, 2014
3.5/10 —— The Protector 2 (2014) " CGI Jaa? Say it ain't so." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 28, 2014
9/10 89% Frozen (2013) " Frozen is really about all of us learning that we can share our unique qualities with the world, as long as we also develop the maturity and responsibility to understand how our powers work and when it's the right time and place." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 24, 2014
4/10 40% Divergent (2014) " I just called Divergent boring. Does that make me Dauntless?" — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 20, 2014
5/10 —— Open Windows " Described as a 21st Century Rear Window, Open Windows is more like Nick of Time over Skype." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 17, 2014
8/10 83% Ping Pong Summer (2014) " Ping Pong Summer may be an inside joke, but it's my inside joke." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 17, 2014
8/10 100% Obvious Child (2014) " Either the perfect vehicle for Jenny Slate, or evidence that Jenny Slate can turn anything into a profound, hilarious performance. I'm willing to believe the latter." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 13, 2014
7/10 —— Premature " This really is how Groundhog Day would go if Bill Murray was a high schooler." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 13, 2014
6.5/10 59% 13 Sins (2014) " A real crowd pleaser and easily franchisable." — CraveOnline
Posted Mar 13, 2014
6 out of 10 34% The Counselor (2013) " I think I liked The Counselor?" — CraveOnline
Posted Feb 26, 2014
7 out of 10 59% Non-Stop (2014) " A fun hypothetical about what if every single thing went wrong and was turned against us? Probably not an accurate hypothetical, but a fun one." — CraveOnline
Posted Feb 26, 2014
7/10 47% The Art of the Steal (2014) " The film has a breezy, peppy pace and gets right to it in 90 minutes with fun characters you want to see." — CraveOnline
Posted Feb 21, 2014
8.5/10 25% Goodbye World (2014) " Goodybe World was even able to surprise me. I really didn't know where it was going, and that's a nice feeling to have when I've seen so many movies, especially in a genre movie." — CraveOnline
Posted Feb 18, 2014
6 out of 10 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " It's got good scares, a decent story, and more action than the first film. " — CraveOnline
Posted Dec 30, 2013
6 out of 10 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Writer/director Scott Cooper handles a lot of familiar elements in ways that don't go exactly where you'd expect based on every other movie, so I respect that. " — CraveOnline
Posted Nov 11, 2013
5 out of 10 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Disney's own Entourage" — CraveOnline
Posted Nov 10, 2013
6.5 out of 10 64% August: Osage County (2013) " A highbrow Fockers." — CraveOnline
Posted Nov 10, 2013
8.5/10 67% Mood Indigo (2014) " Michel Gondry's latest movie must be the most Michel Gondry movie I've ever seen Michel Gondry make." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 29, 2013
7 out of 10 —— Savaged " The action in Savaged is so ambitious despite its limited means, it feels like the way movies should be made." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 24, 2013
7.5 out of 10 21% The Seasoning House (2013) " An expertly crafted thriller and manages to show a heartfelt side of the issue." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 24, 2013
8 out of 10 38% Chinese Zodiac (2013) " Chinese Zodiac, reportedly one of Chan's swan songs for action, shows that he's still looking for ways to be creative, and finding lucrative opportunities." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 24, 2013
7/10 60% Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) " Bad Grandpa may not be quite as strong as the perfection that was Jackass Number Two or the outrageousness of Jackass 3D but it is an evolution far beyond the first movie or TV series." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 23, 2013
8/10 67% The Sacrament (2014) " It is a suspenseful, thrilling movie that builds to a crescendo, but I don't want to spoil that part." — CraveOnline
Posted Oct 1, 2013
7 out of 10 84% Cheap Thrills (2014) " With a grindhouse title like Cheap Thrills, Cheap Thrills delivers the goods by exploiting its characters in fun and provocative ways." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 26, 2013
7.5 out of 10 —— Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) " Hollywood movies don't give you this much value." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 23, 2013
5 out of 10 35% Nightbreed (1990) " If you loved Nightbreed, The Cabal Cut will give you more of what you loved, but it fixes none of the film's shortcomings. It may even emphasize the film's story problems." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2013
4 out of 10 29% Machete Kills (2013) " It breaks my heart too, because I am totally behind the concept of the Machete movies." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2013
7.5/10 82% Afflicted (2014) " It's exciting, expertly done and I don't want to tell you any more because half the fun is in the surprise." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 18, 2013
5 out of 10 89% Rush (2013) " Seabiscuit on wheels" — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
7 out of 10 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " I already feel like I have to defend myself for saying it's just good." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
8 out of 10 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " For a movie about dying of AIDS, Dallas Buyers Club is really fun. Woodroof is beating the system so the process of obtaining and sharing drugs while skirting around federal regulations is engaging. " — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
8 out of 10 27% Devil's Knot (2014) " Considering I've seen four documentaries about the West Memphis Three, Devil's Knot is a really effective way to portray what those events must have been like from the inside" — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
8 out of 10 70% The Green Inferno (2014) " Boy, Roth sure knows how to kill people. I mean, we knew that but it's been four movies now and he's coming up with innovative ways." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
7.5 out of 10 67% World War Z (2013) " I always hate the shaky camera style but I think Marc Forster is better at it than Paul Greengrass. It's his editing... I guess I just speak Forster." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 17, 2013
8.5 out of 10 63% Bad Words (2014) " The anti-Rocky" — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 12, 2013
7.5 out of 10 88% The Wind Rises (2014) " An engrossing, real world epic love story." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 11, 2013
8 out of 10 78% Metallica Through the Never (2013) " I actually forgot I was watching a movie at some points and wanted to applaud in between songs. " — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2013
8 out of 10 70% Man of Tai Chi (2013) " Reeves has achieved Bruce Lee's vision for Game of Death." — Suite101.com
Posted Sep 9, 2013
4 out of 10 82% Prisoners (2013) " Intellectual torture porn." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 7, 2013
6.5 out of 10 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " All the President's Men from Deep Throat's perspective." — CraveOnline
Posted Sep 6, 2013
8/10 71% I Declare War (2013) " Writer/director Jason Lapeyre and co-director Robert Wilson made a movie with unknown kids that's thrilling, intelligent and emotional." — CraveOnline
Posted Aug 20, 2013
8/10 27% Jobs (2013) " Jobs creates a powerful narrative in Steve Jobs' life and conveys the profound value of innovation, including the cost of such a drive." — CraveOnline
Posted Aug 19, 2013
7/10 100% Rewind This! (2013) " Rewind This! didn't delve into every corner of VHS I might have wished, but it introduced plenty I'd never thought of." — CraveOnline
Posted Jul 29, 2013
8/10 92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " It's a sensitive story with no easy answers but a damned worthwhile set of questions." — CraveOnline
Posted Jul 29, 2013
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