For 518 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 21% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 77% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
Lowest review score: 20 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Even if Women in Trouble didn’t keep bringing to mind a superior artist, the film would still be badly written (DOA tangents about cunnilingus and kink don’t make dialogue edgy, only vulgar), not to mention unevenly paced and an embarrassment to all involved.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    A veteran of the Saw franchise, Darren Lynn Bousman trades torture-porn antics for an old-fashioned Euro-horror vibe, complete with old dark houses and creepy maids; he then wastes what little suspense he generates with endless dorm-room philosophical debates about faith versus atheism and religio-conspiracy theories so far-fetched they'd embarrass Dan Brown.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    It’s just blinkered middle-class pandering at its most shameless.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The film does offer some revealing anecdotes about his infamous Monroe sessions, but mostly, it simply slouches from one sensationalistic, salacious bit to the next, sans any historical context. Worse, filmmaker Shannah Laumeister continually rhapsodizes on-camera about her own “soul mate” relationship with the subject—leaving viewers feeling mad as hell.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Thanks to his pitch-perfect portrayal of Parks and Recreation's Type A–personality-run-amuck boss, we're willing to forgive Rob Lowe for virtually anything. This pitiful excuse for a political satire, however, seriously tests that theory.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    What, exactly, is the payoff for suffering through such painfully bad filmmaking for 93 minutes? Forget about getting "A Few Good Men"–style military melodramatics; this movie quickly proves that even a few good performances, lines of dialogue or music cues are a pipe dream. Your loyalty will not be rewarded.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This haphazard "exposé" only proves that hackery plus hot air [time] does not equal skillful muckraking.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    They've taken an intriguing story about female neuroses with gothic overtones and turned it into a graceless, butt-ugly attempt at Twilight-lite.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Jones may be a charismatic comedian, but no amount of her skilled mugging, Britpop tunes or help from supporting stars (Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy) can transform this derivative ugly duckling into a comic Anglophile swan.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Then observe as all but the hard-core Colferphiles slink out embarrassed, feeling as confused and discombobulated as if they too just took an electric bolt to the brain.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    What really hurts is seeing Jamie Travis's name attached; for those of us who love his extraordinary "Patterns" trilogy, watching the talented Toronto filmmaker add his characterically kitschy touch to such a witless, faux-edgy movie can only be described as a Travis-ty.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    A completely incoherent mess.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Performances barely meet a junior-collegiate theater-troupe level, the narration hits maxi-fromage heights, and just when you think it can't get any more derivative, out comes a glowing suitcase à la "Pulp Fiction." Rock bottom has now been firmly established.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Such pitiable incompetence isn't charming, it's embarrassing - and simply inexcusable.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Kari Skogland’s flashy yet dead-on-arrival drama turns Belfast’s backstreet battlefields into music-video backgrounds.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The only thing that remains a mystery is why anyone thinks they can pass off a poorly made, predictable-to-a-fault movie as inspiring entertainment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    There’s a need for redemption here, to be certain, and it has nothing to do with the narrative.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Given that porn star and academic Lorelei Lee cowrote the script, we can assume that the film's portrayal of the cine-erotica industry is accurate. Which simply means that, while totally botching little things like how people speak, act and live in the real world, the film gets at least one thing right.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Such manic fumblings and desperate crassness might be more forgivable were any of it actually, y’know, funny, but other than Olivia Colman’s occasional cameos as a raging therapist, the laughs have been granted a leave of absence.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The movie adaptation's version of religion may be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Nothing - script, performances, comedy, drama - works in the slightest. To answer the title: Where do we start?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Director Michael Corrente has delivered decent petty-criminal movies before - see 1994's "Federal Hill" - but every aspect here smacks of faux-street toughness at its worst.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Those of us who dig the comedian's hyperactive persona may feel that the meter is now officially running on his amiable rocker-doofus act; everyone else will simply marvel that a Christmas season could produce such an unfunny, unentertaining lump of coal.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    No matter; this aggressively humorless farce would play like a dead rabbit pulled out of a hat, regardless of the casting choices.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Fess up: You want to see Los Angeles get blowed up real good, and it's a measure of this movie's incompetence that it can't even deliver that vicarious thrill properly.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    As for parents: Are you cool with feeling like you're having artificial sweetener sandblasted into your eyeballs for 87 minutes?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The "bumpkins are people too" message will certainly please the Appalachian Anti-Defamation League; midnight-movie fans, however, will recognize that this mess misses the mark by a country mile.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    We've come to expect diminishing returns from the once-promising Mexican director who then gave the world "Babel," but the combination of wallowing humanistic-cinema overkill and outright ridiculousness he lays out here represents a new low. Biutiful is not a tragedy. It's a straight-up travesty.

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