Fred Topel Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
94% To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018) There's a lot more competition now than there was when we wore out our Can't By Me Love or John Hughes VHSes, but I have faith that To All The Boys I've Loved Before will become heavily quoted by current high schoolers.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
13% The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018) Aside from sheer exhaustion at the overwhelming set pieces & shark puns, Fin and April and Nova did become endearing characters. They deserve the same kind of sendoff Rocky Balboa, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Jigsaw and Ellen Ripley got!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2018
93% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Rom-coms have been the domain of white privilege for so long, it's going to take a lot more movies like Crazy Rich Asians to even the score. But Crazy Rich Asians is making up for lost time because it's pretty much all the rom-com tropes in one!‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2018
47% The Meg (2018) The most fun you'll have at the movies this summer... By the time The Meg gets down to its remaining survivors, you've been on a ride that few other movies have delivered lately.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
No Score Yet Trench 11 (2017) What Scherman achieves is a bigger picture of World War I and the toll it takes on soldiers, all from underground with only a few individuals.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2018
91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) For anyone who thinks superhero movies take themselves just a little too seriously, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is refreshingly irreverent, and family friendly too.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
59% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Perhaps if they didn't ask the audience to buy some rather absurd achievements in voice editing and video photoshop, there could have been a poignancy about the dangers of unchecked connectivity.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
80% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again probably couldn't command a Broadway ticket price, but it'll do for two hours in a movie theater getting to hear the music in Dolby Digital. And hopefully it paves the way for the trilogy, Mamma Mia: Tokyo Drift.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Just when you think Rogue Nation may have been too tough an act to follow, Fallout takes it to yet another level.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
48% Skyscraper (2018) What's really great about the action in Skyscraper is that no sequence is about just one thing. Each sequence has three or four things Will has to do to survive.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
52% The First Purge (2018) The persistent flaw in the Purge movies becomes clear again in the The First Purge. The only way these Purge movies work is if the characters are complete idiots. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
64% Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018) Day of the Soldado establishes Sicario as a reliable brand that's not a one hit wonder.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) A sequel... is automatically more interesting because it is building off the history of another movie. This proves true with Ant-Man and The Wasp, but not because it's the sequel to Ant-Man, rather because it's the sequel to Captain America: Civil War.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
10% Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) Escape Plan 2 doesn't phone in the action. Bring on Escape Plan 3, which they already filmed so it's already a trilogy.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
65% Uncle Drew (2018) I don't want to say that making a movie out of a Pepsi commercial was a bad idea, because I believe it could be done. I mean, Ernest made nine movies, but Uncle Drew is no Ernest P. Worrell.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
51% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Fallen Kingdom is pretty hardcore.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
55% Tag (2018) The funniest movie since Girls Trip. That's not faint praise.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) A fun ride with lots of comedy including an impeccable spit take. The Parrs are in pretty much the same place at the end that they started.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
No Score Yet The Debt Collector (2018) Jesse V. Johnson is quickly becoming Adkins' most lucrative collaborator. He knows how to show off Adkins' skills in distinct ways so each film is different from the last but just as thrilling. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) This definitely takes place in the same universe, and shares a snappy style, in a city Danny Ocean never targeted. Ocean's 8 would make them proud, not that this crew needs their approval.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
85% Upgrade (2018) The action is cool, sort of a Matrix choreography but still confined to Earth's gravity.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) The overall tone of sad mopey Deadpool makes the movie a bummer. Of all the Marvel characters, Deadpool is not the guy who can pull off gravitas. He should be the guy making fun of Peter Parker and Tony Stark for being so emo. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
53% Book Club (2018) The jokes in Book Club require you to pay attention to the rhythms of the dialogue an recurring phrases. You can't be totally passive. There's a bit of vaudevillian set-up punchline too.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
71% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) I think the comedy version of Solo could have worked. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
38% Life of the Party (2018) A gender swap innovates new material out of a traditional genre. Deanna [McCarthy] has all the rowdy college sex, but with a young boy toy (Luke Benward)... It's age empowering, body positive and he gets to do the funny fawning all over the cool girl.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
1/5 25% Breaking In (2018) If I were faced with a violent ex-con, I would not mock his dialogue. But from the safety of a movie theater, these guys are laughable.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
86% Tully (2018) A love letter to everything mothers sacrifice. And not in the stereotypical movie way of the harried cliche. It's not good or bad. It's just the reality of prioritizing children, no judgments.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
26% Overboard (2018) Overboard is the romantic comedy we need this year. While the premise is outrageous, at its heart it shows how compassion can unite different communities. Whether separated by money, language, status or anything else, we can all love and laugh together.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
52% Bad Samaritan (2018) Applies Hitchcockian technique to modern technology. It's Rear Window with smart phones and GPS. ‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell (2018) Either way, as long as they can devise clever sequences of graboid attacks, Tremors can rumble along forever.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) The It's a Mad,Mad,Mad,Mad World of superhero movies It happens to be both an all-star cast and an all-star roster of superheroes,since the superheroes are what made most of the actors A-list stars.We get to see all these stars put on a big show for us.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
34% I Feel Pretty (2018) I Feel Pretty has an ambitious meta premise. I don't think it quite figured out how to pull it off, but I like what it's trying to do.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
31% Super Troopers 2 (2018) It's more focused on running gags and good natured dudes razzing each other.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2018
52% Rampage (2018) Like many games that captured the experience of a movie (Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Max Payne), adapting it back into a movie just makes it a mediocre version of the films that inspired it.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) It's one thing to say that the companies will sell us stuff we don't need to own us. It's far more powerful to portray it with humor and clever visuals. WorryFree does explicitly what real corporations do in secret.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
21% Tyler Perry's Acrimony (2018) Acrimony is Taraji P. Henson's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) It's The Matrix meets everything!‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
2/5 80% Unsane (2018) Unsane concocts too much that distracts from legitimate fears. ‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
43% Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) If a kid describes it to you by saying, 'And then this happened, and then this happened, and then this happened' they will actually be as accurate as the screenwriters themselves. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) The Citizen Kane of grabbing onto things and pulling herself up.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) The perfect high school movie for 2018.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2018
38% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Won't let any sigh of relief last for too long. The Strangers won't stop coming. If there's even the slightest chance a Stranger could cross the roadblocks their victims throw in their path, they're going to break through and keep coming after them.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
44% The Hurricane Heist (2018) We need movies where bad guys try to rob the treasury in the middle of a hurricane as much as we need somber treatises on the state of the world.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
18% Death Wish (2018) I took it as a sign I do not ever want to pick up a gun and go vigilante. I hope that's what everybody else gets too.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) I give Red Sparrow the benefit of the doubt that it wanted to portray the dehumanization of women in an socially responsible way. They failed, but they couldn't have been this off base on purpose.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2018
83% Game Night (2018) Each of the three couples has a different approach to solving the mystery, so it's funny to see them try to outsmart each other even though we know they're all mistaken.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
67% The Long Dumb Road (2018) Mantzoukas and Revolori have great chemistry to sustain this for 90 minutes.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
13% Fifty Shades Freed (2018) If you're still watching the third movie, you know what you're getting. Fifty Shades Freed certainly is another one!‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) I hope people notice how much drama Coogler got out of Black Panther the way they notice Thor: Ragnarok is so funny.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
No Score Yet Accident Man (2018) I certainly hope there are more Accident Man movies, but I always hope there are more Scott Adkins movies. This is certainly a fun universe for him to play in, and we could see Fallon cause more accidents and fight more rejects of the Oasis.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018