Nerd Report

Nerd Report is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Fred Topel
Rating Title/Year Author
Critters Attack! (2019) Fred Topel Critters 3 took place all in one apartment building, and 4 was in space on a spaceship set that was manageable. Now a straight to video Critters movie holds up with the theatrical Critters films, which admittedly were always low budget. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
Overlord (2018) Fred Topel We may not have ever gotten this polished a version of it before, but it still feels familiar, like A-listers slumming it... EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
Paradise Hills (2019) Fred Topel A beautiful original dystopia, with something to say about the extent to which parents want their kids to conform. EDIT
Posted Feb 3, 2019
Little Monsters (2019) Fred Topel Writer/director Abe Forsythe creates suspenseful zombie action while maintaining the absurdity of a kindergarten field trip. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Love, Antosha (2019) Fred Topel From the moment Love, Antosha opens with adorable childhood home videos of Yelchin, there's no way you won't love him. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2019
Honey Boy (2019) Fred Topel A revealing expose on Labeouf and a touching drama that any family can relate to, in show business or not. EDIT
Posted Jan 27, 2019
The Dark (2018) Fred Topel There are so many forest based horror films, from The Evil Dead to The Blair Witch Project, it's a clever twist to make The Dark from the 'monster''s perspective. EDIT
Posted Jan 15, 2019
Sunset (2018) Fred Topel I'm sure there's a lot more life in his technique, as well as different signature techniques he might develop in future films. Sunset is a sophomore slump but the lessons of this misstep might just make his next film stronger. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Final Score (2018) Fred Topel This Die Hard in a stadium (and therefore Sudden Death with soccer) is the kind of solid high concept action movie we need more of. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Roma (2018) Fred Topel The same techniques with which Cuaron made Gravity and Children of Men immersive experiences work for Roma's more intimate drama. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Family (2018) Fred Topel It takes an indie film like Family to say, 'No, family's not going to change your life but it's got good parts and funny parts so you can do both.' EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Fred Topel It's basically House of Cards for royal politics. You get to watch two smart and savvy women make political maneuvers. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Destroyer (2018) Fred Topel Kidman has the grizzled cop attitude down. She gets beat up, but she's scrappy and fights back. You believe she's been through decades of this so for her it's just Tuesday. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
Cold War (2018) Fred Topel What most engrossed me in Cold War was the framing. The square frame envelops you and focuses your eye more so than even widescreen or IMAX movies often do. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Fred Topel On the Basis of Sex turns Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Felicity Jones)'s life into an electrifying courtroom drama, including all the prep. EDIT
Posted Nov 11, 2018
Kidnap (2017) Fred Topel Was Kidnap the fastest most furious movie of the year? Well, we did have Baby Driver. But Kidnap was probably the fastest most furious movie of 2014 when it was made. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2017
Mr. Roosevelt (2017) Fred Topel Observant about the comedy/social media culture but transitions to irreverent, whimsical, existential insights. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2017
Officer Downe (2016) Fred Topel This is what a Troma movie might be like with misogyny and entitlement in place of vision and actually having something to say. EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2017
Inconceivable (2017) Fred Topel The Hand That Rocks The Cradle with a surrogate! EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2017
Dunkirk (2017) Fred Topel Being as objective as it is may ultimately rob the film of some of its potential for emotional impact, but there is no denying Dunkirk is unlike any war film we've ever seen. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2017
Annabelle: Creation (2017) Fred Topel Annabelle: Creation is full of terrifying creepy imagery, and it's great at teasing the audience with buildup. EDIT
Posted Jun 22, 2017
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Fred Topel In trying to connect all five films while moving forward, The Last Knight is all over the place but every place it goes is worth visiting. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2017
Cars 3 (2017) Fred Topel I would love to say one of these movies is the fastest, most furious Pixar movie but they can't even give me that! It's right there! EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2017
Wonder Woman (2017) Fred Topel Her sincerity and compassion are her greatest super powers of all. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2017
Baywatch (2017) Fred Topel Unlike the great movies based on TV shows, Baywatch never decided if it was making fun of the show... or celebrating it... It doesn't so much try to have it both ways as it just doesn't seem to understand there are ways at all. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) Fred Topel Cinematic takes on King Arthur have attempted to be realistic, romantic, fantastical and even musical (that one began on Broadway to be fair). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is all posturing bravado. EDIT
Posted May 9, 2017
Gifted (2017) Fred Topel Focusing on making intelligence less scary could go a long way towards showing you can be both smart and compassionate. EDIT
Posted Apr 6, 2017
Fits and Starts (2017) Fred Topel An indie version of those movies where a bad night keeps escalating, like After Hours or Adventures in Babysitting. Only since it's about a bunch of pretentious artists, the only escalating danger is smugness. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2017
Burning Sands (2017) Fred Topel Writer/director Gerard McMurray has compassion for these kids and a passion for shining light on these abuses. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2017
Walking Out (2017) Fred Topel Seeing Matt Bomer get rugged is a captivating change of pace. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2017
Call Me by Your Name (2017) Fred Topel Equally a portrayal of good parenting as it is honest sexual becoming. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2017
Passengers (2016) Fred Topel Many of the plot developments undermine the moral complexity of the premise, but it asks interesting questions even if it doesn't always have the right answer. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2016
La La Land (2016) Fred Topel The opening and closing dance numbers are so brilliant and uplifting that they are probably the best sequences in cinema all year. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2016
Rules Don't Apply (2016) Fred Topel Made me lament all the characters Warren Beatty could have played in the last 15 years but did not. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2016
The Comedian (2016) Fred Topel It is totally worth it to see De Niro do standup comedy. The plot providing the vehicle for the stand-up comedy is thin, but there's enough stand-up comedy that I'm glad The Comedian exists. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2016
Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Fred Topel It's so blatant it feels more like a parody of his own other graphically violent movies. There's an actual Evil Dead moment in a battle scene, followed by heads literally exploding. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2016
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Fred Topel All the low angles looking up at our heroes makes them look heroic, and the wide shot of all seven walking down the street feels special. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2016
The Village of Middlevale (2015) Fred Topel The world according to LARP. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2016
Dead Body (2017) Fred Topel The paranoia is really effective, leading many of the innocent characters to kill the wrong people. Their reasoning is smart based on the information they have, and the way they debate their decisions is scarier than the murders. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2016
The Purge: Election Year (2016) Fred Topel The pretense of a self-reflective political message makes The Purge: Election Year the most distasteful kind of exploitation. The franchise is a cautionary fantasy that is allowed to have fun with the dystopian premise, but you can't have it both ways. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2016
Shortwave (2016) Fred Topel It gets more harrowing for Isabel and more harrowing for us the further along it goes. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2016
Paint It Black (2016) Fred Topel Alia Shawkat and Janet McTeer in bravura performances within a harrowing drama. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2016
Free State of Jones (2016) Fred Topel A harrowing, illuminating portrayal of a time in American history that I frankly did not learn in school. It's the perfect illustration of how there's always a fight at every point in history, no matter how much progress we think we've made. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2016
The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Fred Topel It's taboo, it's politically incorrect, it's disrespectful and all with a love for the buttons it's pushing. They had me at the Daniel Radcliffe joke. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2016
Muddy Corman (2015) Fred Topel Sounds like it could be the plot of an Adam Sandler or Rob Schneider movie, where they have to pull off a crazy scheme to get enough money to keep their school open. Imagine the highbrow approach to that and that's more like Muddy Corman. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2016
Bear With Us (2016) Fred Topel Bravo for such an unflinching take on comedy and using the confined location to pull off a complex world of shenanigans. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2016
Finding Dory (2016) Fred Topel A compassionate portrait of mental illness for families with young ones... It's also got a Die Hard 2 thing going on. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2016
Lights Out (2016) Fred Topel Lights Out does for fear of the dark what Halloween did for slashers. EDIT
Posted Jun 9, 2016
The Conjuring 2 (2016) Fred Topel A whole lotta conjuring! EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Fred Topel Wonderland should be a place you can always visit for weird surreal shenanigans. That's what the sequel is. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2016