For 517 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 House of Bamboo (1955)
Lowest review score: 20 Knife Fight
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 517
517 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    All that's left is to enjoy the ravishing visuals, which range from gorgeously dusky scenes of semidarkness to the sort of smeary neon palettes that Wong Kar-wai has virtually patented.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    For once, trying to expand into a bigger exploration of the zeitgeist actually proves to be a misstep; the movie works best when it simply shuts up and concentrates more on the anatomy of a prank gone pop phenomenal.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Hollywood loves these apocalypse-soon stories, however, because they function as blank canvases for ruin porn, and if nothing else, Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium gives us the realistically trashed tomorrow we suspect we deserve.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The couple's extended interview together is so oddly touching that you wished Marcello had focused solely on them, instead of incorporating vintage cityscape footage and free-form wanderings through the northern town's waterfront district into the mix.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    For those who can't handle graphic scenes of golden showers and cigarettes ground into bare breasts, Leap Year will feel more like a blind leap into the void of art-house cinema du extreme, South of the Border division, than a portrait of urban ennui.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even if you’ve seen this footage of the sit-ins at Southern diners, the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral before, you can’t help but be moved to your core.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You can't deny the fun of seeing Depp retro-construct a muted version of his Vegas mugging like De Niro riffing on Brando's Don Corleone. (His reaction to swigging homemade rum is worth the price of admission alone.)
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Though Summer of Goliath has its share of grace notes and gorgeous shots, the anxiety of influence hangs heavy over every real-time interaction, every direct testimony, every re-creation (and re-re-creation) of allegedly true incidents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You couldn’t accuse the cast members of being good actors, yet this young performer knows exactly how to express Jackie’s confusion, vulnerability, instability and longing without any sense of judgment; the film would simply not work without her, no matter how sensitively Sallitt handles such provocative, ick-producing bait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    His “treason” gave credence to ending the war, helped push a corrupt administration toward its ruin and underlined the importance of the First Amendment. Rickety doc or not, Ellsberg deserves every ounce of hero worship he gets here.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Underwater shots of spherical midsections floating past the camera prove that they understand the beauty of bodies in motion, even if their storytelling feels a little stillborn.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While American Animal's finely tuned filmmaking is leagues above the usual Indiewood sloppiness, all the movie-quoting manic episodes feel like empty grandstanding; it's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    When it comes to capturing the man behind the phenomenon, however, the film never progresses beyond a superficial, weird-yet-wonderful portraiture.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Better to think of this as a star vehicle for Farahani, who almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she’s destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story’s ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you’re still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    This being a François Ozon film, there's beaucoup simmering sexual tension, as well as the prolific French director's usual thematic preoccupations: death and grief, familial animosity and female awakening.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The difference between a movie about emptiness and an empty movie becomes abundantly clear.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's best to just let the silly-to-spectacular set pieces fly by you and-tastes permitting-enjoy the Karo Syrupped ridiculousness on display.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    There's just enough uncut truth and soul in Fishbone's story to keep die-hard Boneheads skankin' to the beat, even if it's just for nostalgia's sake.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Her (Steen) emotional acrobatics are reason enough to sit through Applause's parade of pain, though it's a movie to admire rather than enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Overambitiousness can turn a valentine into hot air and white noise, but it can also serve as a calling card for an artist finding his pitch—and Nance is indeed an artist, pure and simple.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The leads’ chemistry and a wonderful pulp weariness that feels straight out of, say, George Pelecanos’s novels makes up for a lot, yet despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema’s foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Once the sharp, clever satire gives way to what feels like a special must-see-TV episode, the movie’s promise slowly deflates.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You'd follow these two anywhere - even down a long, winding and perilously close-to-pointless road.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    With his sophomore feature, "Tony Manero" (2008), filmmaker Pablo Larraín gave us both a memorably maniacal main character and a black-joke metaphor about the free-floating psychosis wafting through Pinochet's Chile.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Though there’s no shortage of biographies on the notoriously private writer, no one has had the stones to try making a comprehensive visual documentary on someone as camera-aversive as the Catcher in the Rye author. The effort itself should be applauded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    What starts as a flipped survival tale turns into historical tragisploitation that wallows in its slog of endless suffering.

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