Fred Topel

Fred Topel
Tomatometer-approved critic
Favorites:
Labyrinth, Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, The Big Hit, The Big One (Michael Moore), Casablanca
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
57% Aladdin (2019) Aladdin sure is a Fresh Prince Ali. It has a lot of fun with the animated classic in a live-action context and by casting middle eastern actors, gives Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Marwan Kenzari a well-earned breakthrough showcase. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
59% Brightburn (2019) Brightburn is the next great cinematic monster. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
88% Rocketman (2019) By making Rocketman an actual musical, it avoids some of the Dewey Cox biopic formula. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
85% Avengement (2019) Technically, Adkins isn't flying around as much as Cain but honestly, he's still so fast that you don't really feel Adkins is holding back. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
97% Booksmart (2019) Every generation deserves their own definitive teen movie, although I'm proof that you never stop appreciating them, even though I'm 41. Booksmart will speak to teens of 2019 and let the rest of us feel like teenagers again, for a little while. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
51% The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) I think it's a positive thing to give young audiences an example of connection and thoughtfulness rather than just gimmicks and spectacle. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Sticking to one long story is a problem for A Dog's Journey. You could say the sequel bit off more than it could chew! Eh? Eh? - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
15% The Hustle (2019) I don't expect anything to be as good as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and it doesn't have to be. It only needs to be also good for me to be happy that there is another Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and man oh man, is The Hustle also good. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 9, 2019
66% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Seeing a live-action Detective Pikachu movie will probably be for Pokemon fans what seeing the first Transformers was for me, or seeing Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
30% The Intruder (2019) I strongly encourage Hollywood to start making these ______ from Hell movies again. It's a high concept that, when done right, is satisfying to audiences and makes them shout back at the screen. Feel free to cast Quaid in them too. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
29% UglyDolls (2019) This is a really good message for children. Don't let toy Hitler create his master race of perfect dolls. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
95% Avengers: Endgame (2019) These heroes will surely have other adventures, but this is the first time the MCU has taken a breath and lived in a moment. I hope its success will embolden Marvel to do this more often. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) We may not have ever gotten this polished a version of it before, but it still feels familiar, like A-listers slumming it... - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2019
16% Hellboy (2019) The one positive that may come from this reboot is vindication for del Toro. It turns out not just anyone can make a Hellboy movie, even if you have a beloved genre actor in a red suit. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
45% Little (2019) I expected a little more from Little. And really, just a little. A fish out of water is one of the seven plots that exist and it should write itself. I guess it can write itself but it can't add jokes. For that, we need more clever screenwriters. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) Since there's already a faithful adaptation of Pet Sematary, this film gets to explore what if the story played out differently? That would still be a good story. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) Dumbo is the Star is Born of flying elephant movies. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
90% Shazam! (2019) The perfect origin story. It has fun teaching us the mythology of Shazam powers and teaching Billy to become a true hero. I love all these characters and hope to see them again in many more Shazam! films. Franchise Fred approves. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
67% Triple Threat (2019) You've got Silat vs Kung Fu and Muay Thai. They each get plenty of chances to fight solo too, or to team up against a powerful foe. Triple Threat really explores all the possible combinations of martial arts talent at their disposal. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2019
32% Wonder Park (2019) Your mileage may vary but I've got to appreciate Wonder Park's ambition. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
65% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) Franchise Fred approves Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. Now hurry up and make more before Lillis isn't a teenager anymore! - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) Brie Larson was already my hero before Captain Marvel so this only reconfirms the obvious. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
59% Greta (2019) The serious arthouse version of Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach. That's the one where Commandant Lassard switches luggage with the bad guys. Chloe Grace Moretz is the Lassard who picks up the wrong bag in this version. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
75% Imaginary Order (2019) There's comedy in the awkward situations this creates. It's way more awkward than Curb Your Enthusiasm awkward comedy because every character is an agent of awkwardness, and each one has conviction. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
68% Isn't It Romantic (2019) The ultimate romantic comedy for people who both love and hate rom-coms. If you love them it is a celebration of cinematic romance. If you hate them, this movie mocks the maudlin mercilessly. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
56% The Sound of Silence (2019) Your mileage may vary depending on how interested you are in the science but I'm very interested in the theory of which sounds combine to form toxic chords. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
69% Paradise Hills (2019) A beautiful original dystopia, with something to say about the extent to which parents want their kids to conform. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
100% Bedlam (2019) The subjects unrelated to director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg allow him to show them in their most extreme, fragile states. This allows people to see what mental illness really looks like. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
87% Light From Light (2019) I believe all involved really mean it, but it's a long 80 minutes so I really hope it helped them work through whatever they needed it to. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
75% Untouchable (2019) There's a system that allows Weinsteins to thrive. We have to change the system. Untouchable is the origin story of how we fix the whole system. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
54% Wounds (2019) Like Under the Shadow, Wounds introduces the mythology well. It's a bit more complicated in Wounds because there are several factors. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
89% Sonja - The White Swan (2019) It's Step Up on ice! - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
94% Sweetheart (2019) The monster becomes a metaphor for anything women are unreasonably asked to prove. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2019
97% Hail Satan? (2019) Their admitted trolling of evangelical Christians became an important protest to protect freedom of religion and separation of church and state. Now they're doing the lord's work, as it were, still with the showmanship of brilliant satirists. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
75% Judy & Punch (2019) Judy and Punch may be the puppeteer baby killer witch hunt movie of the year, but I wouldn't even say it's in the top five puppeteer baby killer witch hunt movies of all time. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
36% Corporate Animals (2019) The cast is full of comedians who deliver but they all orbit around Moore. She has never been this funny. I hope Corporate Animals is the beginning of a Demi Moore comedy renaissance. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
92% Little Monsters (2019) Writer/director Abe Forsythe creates suspenseful zombie action while maintaining the absurdity of a kindergarten field trip. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
90% Big Time Adolescence (2019) Big Time Adolescence is going to be a movie teens watch over and over again at sleepovers. Or they'll all watch their own copies on their phones or a shared Netflix account, however kids watch movies these days. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
100% Love, Antosha (2019) From the moment Love, Antosha opens with adorable childhood home videos of Yelchin, there's no way you won't love him. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
47% Relive (2019) It's super suspenseful because we already know the future. When the past catches up, we're trying to figure out what can possibly change this time. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
100% Knock Down the House (2019) An inspiring testament that real people can stand up. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
92% Fighting with My Family (2019) Unfortunately, Paige and her family's success story gets watered down by the Hollywood machine. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
90% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) Bell is endearingly funny as Brittany... Brittany Runs a Marathon also lets her be real and vulnerable. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
80% The Death of Dick Long (2019) When the true circumstances of Dick's death are revealed, it is outrageous. Yet the impact it has on Zeke's family and Dick's wife Jane (Jess Weixler) are taken seriously with compassion. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
95% MEMORY - The Origins of Alien (2019) The most interesting theory to me is that Alien is a film made by men dealing with guilt over the oppressive patriarchy. Clarke Wolfe articulates the strongest case. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Honey Boy (2019) A revealing expose on Labeouf and a touching drama that any family can relate to, in show business or not. - Nerd Report EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It seems like The LEGO Movie 2 has matured along with the kids who've grown up five years since the first movie. - Monsters and Critics EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
100% Ms. Purple (2018) These are universal themes but seen through a very specific lens of Asian immigrants and their culture. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
89% The Nightingale (2019) The revenge isn't even the most satisfying part of The Nightingale, though it sure does the job. What's most satisfying is the dramatization of abusers and toxic masculinity. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
88% The Hole in the Ground (2019) First things first. If you're coming to see The Hole in the Ground, you are going to get what you pay for. That is one big hole! Whatever else the movie has to offer, no one can say they did not get to see a hole in the ground. - We Live Entertainment EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019