For 502 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 19% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 79% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Last Train Home
Lowest review score: 20 Chalet Girl
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 502
  2. Negative: 34 out of 502
502 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    The final KO of a brilliant cinematic one-two punch, Leos Carax’s follow-up to his gobsmacking feature debut, Boy Meets Girl (1984), proved this enfant terrible was no one-hit wonder. Boy still meets girl, in the form of feral Denis Levant and gorgeous Juliette Binoche, but this sophomore outing’s real romantic coupling is an artist swooning head over heels for his medium.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    A paranoid police procedural, a perverse parable about the corrupting elements of power, and a candidate for the greatest predated Patriot Act movie ever, Elio Petri's stunning thriller makes no attempt to hide the culprit behind the film's grisly murder.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    To fall in love with it, viewers only have to be receptive to a movie that examines the ties that bind with grace, wit and depth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    The attention to visuals is above and beyond what most vérité is capable of; doing double duty as the film's cinematographer, Fan demonstrates a pitch-perfect photojournalistic eye.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Shoah's ultimate legacy, however, is being the final word on the Final Solution-one that renders every well-intentioned dramatic re-creation of such horrors into repulsive Ausch-kitsch by comparison.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Shindô concocts a stylistic mix of odd experimental flourishes, female nudity, Soviet-style close-ups and baldly sentimental melodrama to emphasize the toll this disaster took; its cup may runneth over, yet the stark vibe is impossible to shake.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    An epic indictment of media manipulation, this avant-doc delivers its coup de grâce once the camera finally demands accountability - leaving the disgraced despot staring into the lens, and the abyss of history staring back into him.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    There are moments when The Raid: Redemption doesn't feel like an action movie so much as pure action itself, delivered in strong, undiluted doses and with the sort of creative one-upmanship capable of rejuvenating a stale, seen-it-all genre.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Though McQueen continues to work his themes of suffering and spiritual transcendence, this unflinching, unforgiving drama is not about a slave, but about slavery itself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    It’s a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This colorful, cranium-bursting film isn’t about one specific tale so much as the endless ways you can present narratives; it’s nothing less than a kitchen-sink deconstruction on the art of storytelling.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    When violence eventually rears its ugly head again, the effect is as anticlimactic as the movie’s title is misleading. Brief bliss is a red herring; there’s only a lifetime of pain left in such acts’ wakes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Would be fascinating by virtue of its subject alone. But the filmmaker wisely emphasizes how Harris also represents something bigger; this isn’t just the story of one man but also the dawning of the virtual über alles age and the death of privacy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Every so often, you get the gift of watching an under-the-radar actor bloom into a critical-mass phenomenon before your bloodshot eyes: Franka Potente in "Run Lola Run," or Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds." Add Noomi Rapace to the list; what she does with the title character of this Swedish thriller-cum-pop-lit-adaptation will spawn cults of swooning Rapacephiles stat.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Unlike "The Wrestler," which Siegel scripted, Big Fan has a way of making a socially marginal figure seem oddly charismatic without stacking the sympathy deck.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    If you can roll with Almereyda’s free-form vibe, you’ll find the docu-essay’s cumulative effect goes a long way toward proving his thesis
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The movie’s b&w images of craggy landscapes and shirtless young men have never looked more vibrant.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Though it’s divided into three chapters--“Voices,” “Recollections” and “Innocence”--the film takes a largely free-form look at a dying community that’s more reminiscent of Frederick Wiseman’s nonfiction case studies than the usual sociopolitical hand-wringing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    At its best, this pomo oater gets within chaw-spitting distance of action-flick greatness; at its worst, the movie is simply unadulterated guns-and-guts fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A truly impressive portrait of self-destructive, smooth-talking alpha males, and a testament to an actor who waltzes across that Peter Pan–syndrome tightrope with the greatest of sleaze.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Neither Reilly nor Tomei have ever seemed so effortlessly funny, and whoever thought to cast one of Judd Apatow's regulars as a dysfunctional, disturbed manchild should be dubbed a genius.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s a trial run that puts many of his peers’ masterpieces to shame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The Tillman Story balances cynical and inspirational aspects in equal measure. Pat's demise-and the media debacle around it-seems that much more tragic and enraging.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This muted mobster story reminds us that the ties that bind can also gag you, garrote you and slowly deaden your soul.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    All ye searching for Primal Fear redux, abandon hope. The character-driven drama he (Curran) offers viewers instead is something far more complex, cracked and unique for an American movie boasting big-name stars: an unblinking glare into the abyss.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A strong contender for both the artiest drug movie and the druggiest art movie ever made, Gaspar Noé's tour de force of forced perspectives and free-form grief is, in every sense of the word, a trip.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Movies about children fending for themselves are predicated on pushing prepubescent despair into viewers' faces, which only makes this Swedish film's graceful mixture of terror and transcendental girl power that much more impressive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Both a baroque thriller set in New York's ballet demimonde and a portrait of artistry as schizoid perfectionism, Darren Aronofsky's new film percolates parallel lines of fine madness-but then, doubling down on duality is this movie's raison d'etre.