Fred Topel Movie Reviews & Previews - Rotten Tomatoes

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
35% 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
50% 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
92% 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
24% 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 79% 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
45% 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
17% 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
82% 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
63% 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
96% 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
61% Before I Wake (2018) I am more fascinated by the way in which Flanagan and Howard weave the supernatural into a family story that comes first.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
16% The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) Are we giving mediocre movies a pass for convenience? Are we rewarding them for just not giving us any time to build up expectations that could be disappointed?‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2018
100% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Hearts Beat Loud will put a spring in your step. The music is great, the story is heartwarming, plus Offerman and Clemons make a great father/daughter duo.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
92% Blindspotting (2018) Diggs on screen is intense. He is a movie star.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3/5 64% Summer of '84 (2018) Summer of '84 hit the sweet spot for me so I hope it finds an audience. I need someone to talk about it obsessively with.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2018
74% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Callahan does the work and it's a powerful process. The meetings call out his excuses. Phoenix goes there in every stage of Callahan's self-destruction and redemption. It's a great portrait of accountability.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
94% Sweet Country (2018) It is the voice of a distinct filmmaker from a distinct nation and I'm glad I got to experience it.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
100% Revenge (2018) Equal parts suspense and wearing each other down, there's only three villains so they fill the running time. And these are not expert killers on either side. There are no clean shots. They're knock down drag out fights, drenched in blood.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
73% Nancy (2018) A mellow movie that's mostly about living with these performances. Riseborough transforms into this lost character grasping for something to be a part of.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
100% Hal (2018) This doc covers everything and even offers new (to me at least) perspectives on the classics.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
100% Colette (2018) For a period piece, Colette is very modern and progressive with gender dynamics and LGBTQ acceptance.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
78% Never Goin' Back (2018) These girls are so endearing you could spend any time with them. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2018
85% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) Every supporting character is a heartbreaking story of a child whose parents don't accept them. They each cope and manifest differently, but there's no excuse. Parents have to love their children, period.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
100% The Tale (2018) If it sounds too tough to watch, it's really not. Fox handles the material gently, and gradually so it becomes possible to get comfortable with the specifics so we can talk about them.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) This is the gentlest I've ever seen Ben Foster. Of course, Will is still tortured. He's a veteran but he doesn't rage and he doesn't even lash out at people interrupting his peace. He channels it into something positive. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2018
No Score Yet The Sentence (2018) The Sentence puts a human face on an abstract talking points issue. ‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
4/5 100% Mandy (2018) Mandy is an intense two hours.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
70% Lizzie (2018) Lizzie has the audience primed for her to deliver 40 whacks.‐ Bloody Disgusting
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
96% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Demonstrates the sheer power of a kind approach to important issues. It encapsulates 1765 episodes and decades of real life advocacy in 90 wonderful minutes. I hope this film will inspire the next Mr. Rogers to be the change we need to see in the world.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
92% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline was not for me but I'm sure there's someone out there for it.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Searching (2018) Director Aneesh Chaganty uses these formats exactly as they are used in real life. None are stretched to make the gimmick work.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
100% Eighth Grade (2018) Burnham really understands the voice of teenagers. Kayla can't quite articulate what she's trying to say, but she has meaningful thoughts. All you need to do is read between the likes and you knows to hear her message.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
73% Mom and Dad (2018) Cage makes Face/Off and Raising Arizona faces,but he's actually crazier before the outbreak.He does the Hokey Pokey with sincere passion but that's just how he expresses his midlife crisis.It's not the alphabet but it's something Cage hasn't done before.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
100% Paddington 2 (2018) Paddington 2 is just as adorable as the first live-action Paddington movie.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2018
32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Insidious: The Last Key may be the strongest Elise story since the original, as it has the luxury of focusing on Elise rather than bending over backwards to explain how she's still in the movie.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
57% The Commuter (2018) It's Taken on the After Work Express.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
56% The Greatest Showman (2017) There's already a musical about PT Barnum, so why didn't they just make a movie of the musical Barnum?‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
78% All the Money in the World (2017) More seamless than the Justice League reshoots.‐ Monsters and Critics
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
31% Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) If you hated how empowering the Pitch Perfect movies were for women, then you'll love how demeaning and abrasive the latest sequel is!‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2017
76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) It is really good for kids to see the characters empower each other, both in the game world and in real life. Through their avatars they teach each other real world skills, and celebrate the sometimes absurd skills their characters possess.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2017
91% Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Every moment where The Last Jedi almost takes a bold risk for the series, it undermines itself to maintain the status quo.‐ We Live Entertainment
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017