Fred Topel

Fred Topel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 62% 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 , Moviepilot , MovieWeb , Nuke the Fridge , Rotten Tomatoes , Sci Fi Wire , Screen Junkies , Suite101.com
Total Reviews:
1352
Total QuickRatings:
359
Location:
Los Angeles, CA

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% I Am A Knife With Legs " I really can't describe I Am A Knife With Legs, and that's okay. An accurate description wouldn't even convey the absurdity of I Am A Knife With Legs. You just have to experience it. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 29, 2014
8.5/10 100% Goodnight Mommy " Writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz draw out the discomfort and suspense with plenty of moments that make you squirm... I personally applaud Fiala and Franz for taking me on this ride and nailing me. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 25, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet Spring " An inventive original and leads to some stunning transformations and suspenseful sequences. Benson and Moorhead know how to manipulate the audience in a fun way. It's okay. You can trust them to take you on a good ride. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 23, 2014
8/10 No Score Yet Everly " Everly could be a spinoff in the world of Kill Bill. It feels lovingly irreverent towards assassin tropes. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
9.5/10 83% The Tribe " The piece de resistance is a taboo subject that unfolds in an elaborate single take. It was so harrowing I would have applauded if it would not have been completely inappropriate for the subject matter to do so. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
8/10 100% Force Majeure (2014) " Force Majeure asks fascinating questions that play out in challenging dramatic scenes. Maybe watch it alone though. I wouldn't want to get into it with a date, but for the record, I'd die for you, baby. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 22, 2014
8.5/10 No Score Yet ABCs of Death 2 (2014) " Far superior to its predecessor because of consistent thematic improvements the 26 filmmakers each made. This is a combination of individual creative decisions and an overall push to use the format more effectively. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
6/10 91% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " The tone of Electric Boogaloo seemed rather condescending towards Cannon... Is there nobody who actually loved Cannon films? " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
9/10 100% John Wick (2014) " A style and tone as impressive as its action. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 20, 2014
62% The Maze Runner (2014) " There are only three maze sequences in the movie... Were there more maze runs in the book? Worse, the latter maze runs are largely green screen affairs. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 19, 2014
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " It's nothing new, but it's a solid rendition of a modern day detective story. What really makes it click is that each suspect is a full character. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 17, 2014
42% Tusk (2014) " I don't think this is what we agreed to when we tweeted #WalrusYes. Weird is good but it should still be tonally consistent. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 15, 2014
89% The Drop (2014) " The Drop really understands the psychology of these characters in a way that gives the proceedings a different bent than the usual caper. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Sep 10, 2014
7.5/10 89% Wild Tales (2015) " Each story unfolds concisely, establishing the characters and situation, building up the tensions and some laughter along the way. In such a short screen time, we barely know these characters but we relate to them. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 95% Two Days, One Night " Human, honest, maybe not provocative. Human and honest is not nothing. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7.5/10 67% Merchants Of Doubt (2015) " Illustrates how deniers have manipulated the scientific debate, and why the climate change scientists have succumbed to them. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
7/10 82% Wild (2014) " What Witherspoon does with expression and not a lot of dialogue is so good, you wish that there weren't flashbacks or voiceover and they'd just trust her to tell the whole story. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 9, 2014
6.5/10 73% The Homesman (2014) " I needed more time to process it because it just might be brilliant. I'm not quite there yet, but it's so... weird it's worth a look just to see a movie that throws genre against the wall and rips it apart. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
6.5/10 No Score Yet Too Much Johnson " Three mostly plotless slapstick scenes and that kind of works for me... Joseph Cotten is running around 1930s New York doing daring stunts and impeccable pratfalls. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
9/10 90% 99 Homes " Can a good person succeed by playing by their rules? I actually hope he can't. I would really lose hope if cheating was the answer. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
6.5/10 89% Foxcatcher (2014) " I did not know anything about the story of John du Pont before seeing Foxcatcher. Now that I know how it ends, all the tensions of the scenes before it have changed. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 2, 2014
8/10 90% Mommy (2015) " You may have to brace yourself for it, but it is a rewarding experience. That is what we ask of cinema, to take us difficult places with the trust that the filmmaker will take care of us. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
7.5/10 78% Rosewater (2014) " It's a good story about persevering, and using one of our most powerful tools to do so: humor. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
7/10 94% Birdman (2014) " Birdman may be the most artistically riveting movie I've disagreed with thematically. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 31, 2014
36% The November Man (2014) " Started out as a perfectly entertaining generic action movie, but it got so aggressively stupid, you really can't even enjoy it on a superficial level. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Aug 27, 2014
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " Exudes cool in every frame. " ‐ Nuke the Fridge
Posted Aug 21, 2014
7/10 94% The History Of Future Folk (2013) " D'Aulaire's deadpan gravitas makes the low budget sci-fi undertones feel real enough to juxtapose with the ridiculous premise. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 13, 2014
8.5/10 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " Both Stallone as creator/screenwriter and the filmmakers he brings on each time have learned how to tell a large ensemble story. All the fun stuff is still there but it's even stronger. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Aug 4, 2014
6.5/10 18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " The sequel to Transformers I've been waiting three movies for. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 28, 2014
8/10 82% Begin Again (2014) " Exactly the inspiring, uplifting movie I needed to see this month. It has been a rough summer, so I needed to be reminded that there's always room for new inspiration and new relationships. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 28, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " The world building, the provocative concept and the thrilling adventure are everything I want in a movie. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Jun 13, 2014
1.5/10 68% About Last Night (2014) " This must be why I'm single. Who wants to be with a guy who looks forward to the complications a significant other will add to my life? Why can't you complain your girlfriend, Fred? " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " It's more like a Roger Moore James Bond movie, maybe even Moonraker but I say that as a Bond fan who appreciates the blatant outrageousness of Moonraker. If Moonraker sounds like an insult, then Days of Future Past is at least Octopussy. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7.5/10 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Earns the right to be Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers with a clever story that uses the narrative device in new ways. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 48% Maleficent (2014) " It was really about the mistakes parents make and the guilt that plagues them forever after those mistakes. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
6/10 67% Delivery: The Beast Within (2014) " Delivery shocked me. Nice job, guys. You got me. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 30, 2014
7/10 83% Belle (2014) " To paraphrase Lt. Frank Drebin, no matter how silly the idea of marrying for status seems to us, as Americans we must be gracious and considerate viewers. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 2, 2014
2.5/10 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " The Insufferable Spider-Man. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted May 2, 2014
7/10 26% Brick Mansions (2014) " Always fun, always on the move. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Apr 25, 2014
8.5/10 49% 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 63% 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
96% 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 61% Draft Day (2014) " A sports movie for people who thought Moneyball was too accessible. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Apr 10, 2014
6/10 29% 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 84% 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 20% Warrior King 2 (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 41% Divergent (2014) " I just called Divergent boring. Does that make me Dauntless? " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 20, 2014
5/10 40% Open Windows (2014) " Described as a 21st Century Rear Window, Open Windows is more like Nick of Time over Skype. " ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Mar 17, 2014
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