For 505 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 20% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 78% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 12 Years a Slave
Lowest review score: 20 Now & Later
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 505
  2. Negative: 34 out of 505
505 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Until someone delivers the definitive 360-degree chronicle on the populist uprising, this collection of dispatches from the front is the best primer you could hope for.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Then Plame's cover gets blown, and so does the film's; suddenly, the clunky melodrama that had been lurking in the shadows starts hogging the spotlight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The whole notion of taking a page out of the Bressonian handbook (nonprofessional performers, a complete lack of emotionalism) lends a spiritual aspect to this antihero’s plight, with neither social neglect nor a battered corpus keeping his soul from transcending the self. Reaping the benefits of such a minimalist methodology, however, requires a high tolerance for Porfirio’s pitiless formalism.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's undeniably humanistic; resourceful and well managed, however, are a different story.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ted
    MacFarlane may need to jettison his adolescent belief that cramming every moment with two winks and a zinger exponentially ups the gutbusting, however, before he can hit his real artistic stride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    If the film occasionally bumps up against the limitations of its "Spellbound"-like template, its refusal to ignore the social issues outside of the classroom proves it's more than simply a novelty human-interest story with impressive knight moves.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It’s the kind of two-hander that relies solely on the chemistry of the actors, both of whom banter, parry and bum rush their way through various left turns with grace. Their pas de deux almost makes up for this threadbare tragedy’s no-win endgame. Almost.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Justice is blind - but there are cases where fingers start weighing down the scales. That's the j'accuse that Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's documentary puts forth regarding Israel's rule of law in its post-'67 occupied territories.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Cristián Jiménez's dust-dry dramedy attests to the writer-director's own bibliophilia (the film is literally divided by chapter pages), as well as his lead actor's ability to milk a deadpan look that would make Buster Keaton proud.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    A drama about the dirty business of gaining power, it needs bared fangs - and more bite.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While it never hits the gritty heights of you-are-there junky journalism à la Larry Clark's "Tulsa," you still feel as if you've personally toured the abyss.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Deadpan clownishness is The Fairy's raison d'être and its superior mode; when the lovey-doveyness turns cloying and the atrophied message-mongering creeps in, you wish the threesome knew when to keep their traps shut.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Look elsewhere if you want a linear timeline of Sebald's life or don't possess that titular virtue; everyone else will want to make a beeline to their local bookstore.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Francophiles understand that Vincent Lindon's presence in any film is a bonus, as few actors know how to translate sad-eyed, macho gruffness into so many different flavors.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Shadows still functions as a study in superior sequel-itude, building a fine showcase for a reimagined character and the compelling, twitchy dynamo playing him. Should Ritchie ever learn to be elementary instead of epileptically overwrought, he may one day do proper justice to both.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Far be it from us to deny the director his deserved catharsis or to dissuade someone from speaking out about abuse. Still, Family Affair feels less like a documentary than one man's filmed therapy marathon, to which you're voyeuristically privy in an oversharing-on-Oprah sort of way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    A little more in-depth insight into a person who both produced that song ("Be My Baby") and pulled a trigger might have been nice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Calling Road to Nowhere a noir is like referring to Hellman's cult classic "Two-Lane Blacktop" (1971) as a road movie: Technically correct genre assignations hardly do justice to either work's existential ennui and elliptical, Euro-jagged style.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even if you remove the questionable quasi-religious touches, Flight doesn't quite soar past its narrative limitations. There's plenty of virtuosity to go around here - just precious little transcendence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    What does resonate is how the film captures McCartney in laid-back ambassador mode, walking around in midtown and turning big names into awestruck fanboys.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    For all of Dead’s beards and dirtiness, you never get over the feeling that you’re watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It’s a deathblow.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even with the actors’ laudable work—especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he’s a poor man’s Simon Pegg—there’s not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop. Gimmick aside, the title is regrettably apropos.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You’ll leave knowing slightly more about the who, what and why of WikiLeaks; you’ll also wish the whole shebang didn’t fell like such a tone-deaf data dump overall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You could chalk this kid’s flick up as another manic Saturday-matinee time killer if it weren’t for a singularly impressive element. It’s not the stretchy, lava-lamp–ish animation, which offers the usual in-your-face 3-D tricks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's Weiss's sheer gonzo energy and his determination to keep it together (barely) in the name of justice that initially fuel this underdog tale, giving it a far more manic, unpredictable edge than your usual courtroom handwringer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The movie just ping-pongs between empathetic chuckles at Helms's charming social awkwardness and putting him through a raunchfest ringer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even those that have acquired a taste for Green's rigorous, super-ascetic aesthetic may find this French drama about a starlet (Baldaque) to be almost as bare as it is spare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Yes, it’s derivative to a fault — but a deserved midnight-movie cult following is all but assured.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You walk away with far more questions than answers — a profile foul by any other name.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ghost Bird has a bad habit of briefly taking flight and then crashing back down into NPR-like stodginess.

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