Fred Topel


Fred Topel has been a journalist for over 20 years. Living in Los Angeles, he has interviewed nearly all the stars and creators of film and television, and also traveled to the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and Austin's SXSW and Fantastic Fest. Fred is a Rotten Tomatoes film critic and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA).


  • Journalist


  • Ithaca College: B.S., Cinema

Detailed Experience

Movies, Television and Celebrity Expertise

Fred provides firsthand accounts of his encounters with celebrities in front of and behind the scenes. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he began making contacts in the film industry to obtain interviews with actors and filmmakers. He works with movie studios and independent film companies to arrange opportunities to sit down and speak with talent. In 2006, Fred branched out into television and began the same process of connecting with television networks and joining the TCA.

Entertainment Journalist

As a freelancer, Fred has worked for magazines and websites including:

Rotten Tomatoes Film Critic

As a film critic, Fred believes that we should celebrate everyone's interpretation of a movie, especially those we disagree with. Expressing it articulately tells us more about each other than it does about the films, and even negative reviews should be written with compassion. Fred may watch as many as ten films per week at early screenings and keeps up with even more hours of weekly television to prepare for his next interview!

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