For 525 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 7.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 The Raid: Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 I Give It a Year
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 525
525 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The result may occasionally be more of a journalistic scrapbook than a Wisemanian all-points portrait, but the impact of seeing such unvarnished public activism in the raw can't be overestimated.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Guerrero's handling of the bond between these two teens feels too coy by half; the film thankfully resists being either a typical coming-out movie or an ethnocultural curio, but it doesn't offer much insight into the twosome's attraction, platonic or otherwise, to each other.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ignore the documentary's regrettable low-rent look and that kitschy "Love, American Style" soundtrack, and just focus on how this portrait turns a work of art into a sociological flash point.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    Was this eventual big-screen take on Shakur going to be an epic look at a complicated legend's life and times – a Gandhi of gangsta rap iconography – or merely a slightly larger Lifetime TV movie filled with hysterics and greatest-hits moments. We now have an answer. It was not the one we wanted.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    Alas, this isn't the Trump-trolling toon you're looking for. People may search for protest art hidden among the potty jokes, but the closest they're going to get to a subtextual statement is the Beatles' "Blackbird" on the soundtrack – and that's been repurposed as a lullaby.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    You can accuse Lemon of a lot of things. False advertising in the title, however, is not one of them.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Set mostly in modern-day Shanghai and involving two other girlfriends (also Li and Jun), this parallel plot feels less like an attempt to broaden the book's horizons than to cash in on "Joy's" cross-generational appeal while doubling down on cheap-shot melodrama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Dog Pound only rarely finds the live-wire energy needed to make up for its amateur cast and staunch adherence to well-worn archetypes: cell-block bullies, sadistic guards, fresh-fish innocents, etc. Neither the film’s bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    By the end of the ride, the movie’s messy humanity has officially calcified into After-School Special clichés; given the choice between handcrafted whimsy and heavy-handedness, we’ll take the former, thanks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    While Fischer handles every emotional curveball, she's not helped by the film's reliance on rote notions of piecing your life back together. Is it worth putting a good actor through the screen-martyrdom wringer for a minuscule payoff?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    We know how these bargains turn out, so all we're left to do is watch pretentious exchanges about grief pile up, laugh at the way the movie exploits its Indian-girl-as-innocence-personified notion and wish that Eddie Marsan's giddy cameo as Hell's personal weapons dealer were much, much longer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    While Bier doesn't offer easy partisan answers, she still dilutes a social issue down to the level of soap-operatic background noise and back-patting platitudes. It-and we-deserve better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    All Turbo does is give Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg the easiest paychecks they’ll ever make, and its corporate overlords the chance to sell a few toys.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The closer this parable inches toward tragedy, the more you can feel the gap between good intentions and generic exotica-grandstanding widening into an unbridgeable chasm.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    But while you can’t fault this labor of love’s conception, you can take issue with its leaden execution.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The disparity only makes Reeves's earnest-but-monotonous turn that much more pronounced-and the film that much more dismissible.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    An adaptation of Mike Batistick's Off Broadway play, this stagy character study about immigrants living off the crumbs of the American Dream revels in cut-rate street smartness. Then comes the third act, at which point the film moves from obvious message-mongering to the beating of a post–9/11 dead horse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Becomes a clumsy gringo approximation of something else. In this case, it's the old respectable-man-obsessed-with-fallen-angel cliché, which Demy fils tweaks with broad melodramatic strokes and Freudian flotsam, as well as a complete lack of focus or storytelling chops.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Director Jeanne Labrune (Vatel) makes the most out of having a compellingly watchable movie star at her disposal, but neither some odd stabs at humor nor Huppert's versatility do much to enliven what's essentially a superficially sexed-up soufflé.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    More of a massive back-patting for bleeding hearts than a comprehensive-or even semi-comprehensive-survey of DIY protest art, the film unintentionally makes the perfect valentine for the OWS version of radicalism: It's righteous, full of rage and cripplingly unfocused.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This is the same old safe, sappy movie that shows up on TBS every weekend.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The big question isn’t whether middle-aged romance will bloom, but rather, how much sub-Jarmusch deadpan humor and pathos can you take?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A set piece involving a skyscraper and a sports car proves he can induce sweaty palms, but one nail-biting moment and some much-misssed Murphy mouthiness won't keep you from feeling like you're the one being ripped off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This story is both uplifting and awe-inspiring. It deserves to be told better.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    If its juxtaposition of bad behavior and dairy products leaves you stone-faced or wearily sighing, you should exit the theater posthaste.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Third times are rarely charms in the movies, much less fourth go-rounds, and it takes more than ho-hum 3-D and video-game-ready action sequences to liven up diminishing returns
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It’s just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The novelty of their industry aside, there's little to differentiate this from any other relationship-centered Amerindie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even the admittedly thrilling gameplay footage and time-capsule news reports are couched in contexts that seem crudely sketched out.

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