Fred Topel

Fred Topel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 62% of the time.

Fred Topel'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
23% Vacation (2015) "You need only look at the tumbleweed scene or the copilot scene to see Goldstein and Daley are bringing back almost vaudevillian comedy. If their instincts veer dark or sweet, it still made me laugh out loud. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 28, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "All the action spectacle of a Mission: Impossible but gives the spectacle more weight. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 24, 2015
18% Pixels (2015) "The most bittersweet quality of Pixels is that it's afraid to be a smart movie about video games. Even as a video game nerd, Sandler has to keep assuring us he's the cool dumb guy. Wouldn't it suck to be smart? " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 22, 2015
37% Irrational Man (2015) "There's a much more interesting movie if it continues past the conclusion and examines the aftermath, but that's not Irrational Man. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 21, 2015
34% Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! "The Sharknado universe is expanding exponentially like the Mad Max world. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 16, 2015
No Score Yet Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015) "Dude Bro Party Massacre III is clearly better than the original. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jul 11, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "The Ant-Man movie is nonstop exposition up until the third act, so about 90 minutes. What fan of anything would want a whole movie explaining how it works? You want to see it in action, not spend the whole movie trying to convince nonbelievers. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 9, 2015
64% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Closer to the gratuitous man candy movie the first Magic Mike should have been, but it's still not quite there. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jul 2, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "It's a testament to the classic scenes that they can be manipulated by a new story and still have impact. Changing the history of 1984 asks the questions fans have debated for 30 years. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 26, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "I love Jurassic World as both an allegory and a sequel. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 10, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "The best Pixar movie since Up. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 6, 2015
14% Police Story: Lockdown (2015) "Chan looks sufficiently grizzled as Zhong Wen with a buzz cut and more than one Lethal Weapon moment. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jun 5, 2015
32% Entourage (2015) "Vince still has no arc. He doesn't have to do anything. The whole movie happens around him, just like the show always did. E and Ari just have to convince everyone how great Vince is. Again. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Jun 1, 2015
19% Aloha (2015) "Aloha is so desperate to create full backstoried lives for all of its supporting characters, it creates subplots that go nowhere and convolute a simple story. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 28, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) "In particular, a collapsing car rescue shows creative build, and the fact that a tsunami is not the biggest obstacle in a tsunami sequence shows screenwriter Carlton Cuse worked overtime to provide some clever disasters. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 27, 2015
14% Aloft (2015) "The faith healing falconer with mommy issues movie of the year. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 22, 2015
18% The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence) (2015) "Because what Shawshank Redemption really needed was more human centipeding. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 21, 2015
33% Poltergeist (2015) "The kids get to be the heroes which is very Amblin. There are great moments for the audience to collectively whisper or scream, 'Don't look in there!' " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 21, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "It has a good message, but it's hypocrisy because the film celebrates exactly what it's condemning " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 17, 2015
65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Aca-better " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted May 12, 2015
18% Pound Of Flesh (2015) "Heavy Van Dammage! " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted May 11, 2015
98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Some of the most brilliant visions are only seen for one shot, and that's how special the Mad Max world is. Even a cutaway is indicative of the world. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 11, 2015
8% Hot Pursuit (2015) "A very bad sign is when the film has to explain what calling shotgun is, in case the audience doesn't get the sophisticated double entendre. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted May 5, 2015
88% The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015) "We kind of get the best part of a Nicolas Cage movie without Cage even having to film it. Even still frames of Cage posing as Superman show you he nailed it. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted May 2, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "This is Joss Whedon's riff on the trope of a darker sequel. Joss Whedon never met a cliche he couldn't deconstruct so this is a wonderful approach to a shared universe superhero team up. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Apr 29, 2015
54% Maggie (2015) "The ugliest movie I can remember seeing since The Divide. It's so underlit you can barely even see anything. That's because there's no electricity any more so everyone uses lanterns. It's source lighting gone wrong. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Apr 23, 2015
63% The Water Diviner (2015) "A surprising number of technical mistakes for a major film released by a studio. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Apr 20, 2015
66% The Dead Lands (2015) "Because of some of the familiarity of narrative, I wasn't totally invested in the story of The Deadlands but when Hongi sprang into action I appreciated this take on the classic tale. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Apr 15, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "There won't be a faster, more furious movie this year. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 31, 2015
7/10 32% Cut Bank (2015) "Cut Bank is well told with a different twist. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 30, 2015
91% White God (2015) "I want to hug all the dogs in White God, as well as thank them for their performances in this intense and moving drama. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 25, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "The real question may be: can our philosophies about artificial intelligence evolve with our stories? " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 25, 2015
7.5/10 90% Turbo Kid (2015) "This is a team that gets how to satirize without disrespecting the material or the audience. They take a completely sincere tone which makes the absurdity even funnier. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 24, 2015
95% Spy (2015) "Melissa McCarthy is right up there with Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton " ‐ Guff.com
Posted Mar 18, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) "It's stupid and immature, but I mean that as a compliment. Stupid and immature is funny. " ‐ Guff.com
Posted Mar 18, 2015
85% Trainwreck (2015) "Amy Schumer is the total package. She's hilarious and you're going to miss a lot of jokes because you're still laughing at the one before it. She's likable even at her character's most irresponsible behavior. She's also really touching in dramatic scenes. " ‐ Guff.com
Posted Mar 17, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "Love & Mercy is a beautiful film about the creative process, that intangible thing artists try to express and aficionados try to understand. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 16, 2015
17% The Gunman (2015) "The Gunman needs to be Taken to task. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 12, 2015
78% Danny Collins (2015) "The symbolism of Danny's self-destruction is so blatant it's aesthetically offensive. The last scene can't even help telegraphing the final minute of the movie, and it has to completely invent something brand new to pull it off. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 12, 2015
85% Cinderella (2015) "Making such a traditional Cinderella film really illustrates what a weak story Cinderella is to begin with. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Mar 5, 2015
No Score Yet Frozen Fever (2015) "Franchise Fred approves Frozen Fever. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 28, 2015
56% Focus (2015) "Focus may have solved the conundrum of the con artist movie. Writer/directors Glenn Ficara and John Requa pulled off the ultimate prestige. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 25, 2015
57% My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (2015) "I always meant to give Only God Forgives a second chance... but now I've seen the film about the making of Only God Forgives twice. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 25, 2015
No Score Yet Green Street Hooligans Underground (2014) "While it would be fun to see Adkins unleash his flips on unsuspecting soccer firms, he stays on the ground for the most part. It's still electric to see him fight. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 24, 2015
14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015) "It really seems like Hot Tub Time Machine 2 figured out what worked about the first one and focused on that. " ‐ Guff.com
Posted Feb 19, 2015
72% The DUFF (2015) "Feels like grown-ups so desperate to appear hip to social media, they make sure to mention every app they've ever heard of, including We Heart It and Whatsapp. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 18, 2015
25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "The best they can do for dirty talk sounds like 'wear the panties your mother laid out for you.' " ‐ Guff.com
Posted Feb 13, 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) "Enjoys its basest fantasies without even acknowledging that they're base. A wink or a nudge indicating some glimmer of maturity could turn the third act into a masterpiece of rebellion, but it's all bravado. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 12, 2015
71% The Voices (2015) "The Voices is a dark comedy, emphasis more on dark than comedy, and it goes there. It maintains a creepy tone throughout but it's sensitive to Jerry too. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Feb 6, 2015
71% Experimenter (2015) "Anything abstract intrigues me, especially when it's done well. But the subject of Stanley Milgram makes a fascinating story anyway so Experimenter is a success on many levels. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Feb 4, 2015
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