Fred Topel

Fred Topel

Agrees with the Tomatometer 63% of the time.

Fred Topel's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

The Hollars (2016)

"The Hollars wants a medal for expressing its feelings but it seriously lacks perspective on what it's characters' fundamental problems really are. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jan 27, 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

"Waititi manages the balance of tones perfectly and his eye for editing and action show both scale and restraint, so he won't fall short and won't go overboard. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jan 26, 2016
4 out of 5 67%

Swiss Army Man (2016)

"This is what I love movies for. When I hear an outrageous, bizarre idea, I want to see how that director pulls it off. If you feel the Daniels didn't, then that's fair but the premise alone shouldn't be a turnoff." ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Posted Jan 26, 2016
3 out of 5 48%

31 (2016)

"Rob Zombie's The Running Man" ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Posted Jan 26, 2016

The Birth of a Nation (2016)

"The American Braveheart" ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jan 26, 2016

Sing Street (2016)

"John Carney is saving the world through music, one movie at a time." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Indignation (2016)

"Brilliantly captures the complexity of a human reaction to intimacy. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Jan 25, 2016
0 out of 5 64%

The Greasy Strangler (2016)

"I think documenting my displeasure only reinforces what the filmmakers were going for, so I'm glad I could help." ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Trash Fire (2016)

"One harsh movie... Trash Fire starts in a dark, desperate place and only gets darker and more desperate. It will leave you shaken, but the visceral experience of it is exhilarating." ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

"Where HItman was happy to be derivative of the genre movies that inspired the game, Agent 47 takes those inspirations and pushes them to gleefully insane degrees." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 29, 2015

Point Break (2015)

"As epic as the international locations of Point Break are, the extreme action scenes are really intimate between two men." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 24, 2015

Lamb (2016)

"A provocative, dangerous tale that gets to real emotion because it doesn't play it safe." ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Dec 21, 2015
9/10 68%

Touched With Fire (2016)

"Both Kirby and Holmes are extraordinary." ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Dec 21, 2015

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"Won't threaten the man from Nantucket remaining the city's greatest claim to fame." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 11, 2015

Walt Before Mickey (2015)

"An HBO level biopic of Walt Disney, which makes it better than Saving Mr. Banks, but still not the definitive Walt Disney movie. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 10, 2015

The Revenant (2015)

"Makes the guys in The Grey look like weenies, and those were some tough dudes!" ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Close Range (2015)

"Makes use of every room in the country house and every rock in the country mountains. Adkins gets more acrobatic as the movie progresses, like he's building up to the big jumps, but he still does plenty of fancy footwork and fistwork." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 3, 2015
No Score Yet

Nintendo Quest (2015)

"I highly recommend anyone who liked Console Wars, Atari: Game Over or other retro gaming celebrations watch this too. And if this is your first look back at retro games, let it start your nostalgia all over again." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Dec 3, 2015

Queen of the Desert (2015)

"The politics are an addendum to a mismanaged history lesson, so it fails to convey what Gertrude Bell did and it's a polemic that seems to come out of nowhere." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 29, 2015

Ricki And The Flash (2015)

"The film is full of a lot of scenes that they want to have happen but didn't think of reasons for them to." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 29, 2015

Self/less (2015)

"Add it to the list of solid genre movies given the class and attention every movie deserves." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 27, 2015

Creed (2015)

"Time adds layers to stories. What was a plot device for Rocky IV now paved the way for the story of a son's struggle for identity, forgiveness and allows him to make an impact on a legend." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 23, 2015

The Good Dinosaur (2015)

"Perfectly pleasant to watch with your kids, or by yourself because no one's judging here. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 23, 2015

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

"I liked the feeling of adults having adult conversations about adult things. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Concussion (2015)

"The film is not soft on the NFL at all. The way NFL doctors themselves put money above people speaks for itself." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 17, 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)

"My biggest beef with the series has been that Katniss never had to kill anyone the audience liked, and she's still not the instrument, but this one doesn't spare her the moral ambiguity." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 17, 2015

The Big Short (2015)

"Nothing short of brilliant" ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 17, 2015

Youth (2015)

"It's art, man." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 12, 2015

Macbeth (2015)

"the film makes the worst choice in cinematic adaptation. You know what they can't do on stage? Shaky cam! Why stare at theatrical actors on a level stage when you could see even less with a camera jerking around?" ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 11, 2015

The Lobster (2016)

"The central issue is the inevitable paradox where you can't meet someone when you're lonely, which is when you most want to meet someone." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 11, 2015

Carol (2015)

"While that sort of attention to detail is sure to garner well-deserved Oscar nominations, it serve the correct purpose, which is to establish the world and then get out of the way." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 11, 2015

Mustang (2015)

"A powerful story for any family to see." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 9, 2015

By The Sea (2015)

"Any time you get to see a filmmaker's soul on display, if that doesn't intrigue you enough for two hours, you're missing out." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 5, 2015

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

"The gritty origin story of the Little Red Haired Girl. Finally, we get to explore how and why she came into Charlie Brown's life and the depths of his affection for her." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 3, 2015

Spectre (2015)

"The Daniel Craig 007 movie I've been waiting for since Casino Royale. " ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Paper Towns (2015)

"Margo is just the superficial cliche of anti-authoritarian rebellion.She doesn't even obey the rules of spelling and capitalizes middle letters of words.Random capitalization is all she has.She's so desperate to be original she doubles down on nonsense." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 1, 2015
No Score Yet

Mania (2015)

"A story about tragic hope, the kind of hope that leads someone deeper down an unhealthy spiral they would otherwise navigate around." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Nov 1, 2015

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

"The Ghost Dimension is the final Paranormal Activity like The Final Chapter was the last Friday the 13th." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Oct 22, 2015

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

"Bone Tomahawk is a classic western in spirit but modern film in hard hitting brutality." ‐
Posted Oct 22, 2015
No Score Yet

Hangman (2015)

"Very scary normal activity." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Oct 15, 2015

Tales of Halloween (2015)

"I'll single out Dave Parker's Sweet Tooth for creating a new monster mythology that plays with children's wish fulfillment and feelings of parental betrayal." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Oct 14, 2015

Pan (2015)

"Once we hear Pan is the chosen one, the rest of the film is just going through the motions. It's already been prophesied so every set piece is just busywork to get there." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Oct 5, 2015

The Martian (2015)

""I'd love to tell you what the bet part of The Martian is, but it's all the best part."" ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Sep 30, 2015

Lazer Team (2016)

"The best Fantastic Four movie of the year" ‐
Posted Sep 29, 2015

The Invitation (2016)

"The Invitation is my nightmare." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Sep 28, 2015

Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler (2015)

"Even better than The King of Kong." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Sep 28, 2015
3/10 No Score Yet

The Hive (2015)

"The Hive has big ideas but rather small thinking." ‐ CraveOnline
Posted Sep 28, 2015

Green Room (2016)

"Jeremy Saulnier has a special talent for making violence looks as uncomfortable as it really is, yet compelling you to want to see more. " ‐
Posted Sep 28, 2015

The Keeping Room (2015)

"People have asked me if The Keeping Room is a feminist western... I just feel it's a great western that stars three women." ‐
Posted Sep 27, 2015

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) (2016)

""Magical realism" is a term used to describe stories set in our real world that include fantasy elements. I think The Brand New Testament is real magicalism." ‐ Nerd Report
Posted Sep 26, 2015