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

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 20 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This documentary raises enough questions about the ends justifying the means during an era of endless war that it earns the right to be called essential viewing.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    His look at an Old World continent reeling from the New World values is both thrilling and damning.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    And by the time Thornton has deftly flipped the script regarding the titular Biblical parable's misogyny, you'll feel as if Aussie cinema has indeed discovered its next great voice.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It's a juicy story, though that doesn't excuse Jarecki from fixating above all else on the tabloid-ready twists and pop-psychological turns of Durst's story.
    • 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
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Names get checked, baby-faced future celebrities like Vincent Gallo and Steve Buscemi make cameos, and various cross-pollinations between below–14th Street mavericks are clarified.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    If Marcello Mastroianni’s character from "La Dolce Vita" hadn’t stepped off the sweet-life treadmill, this is exactly who he would have become.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s both a sly piece of ethnography and a social satire that reads like a cosmic joke…right up until its climax makes the chuckle catch in your throat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    If any film could convince people that ACID is the patron saint of tomorrow's Godards, it's this one.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    R
    This unflinching parable brings the hammer down on its cinematic brethren's fetishization of cell-block Rockefellers. R's final shot says it all: The house wins. The house always wins.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It's a credit to both the actors and Franco-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb (Days of Glory) that the film never dives headfirst into mawkishness.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It's far from a definitive statement-why does ACT UP, a seminal presence in SF, get such short shrift? - but this oral history provides a righteous cri de coeur for those who perished in the precocktail era.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It may be a stretch to call the filmmaker a forgotten genius, but if nothing else, Le Grand Amour makes a case that Étaix was a fertile clown, overdue for a bow in the spotlight.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    An Austrian actor whose Easter-Island mug has graced movies such as the Oscar-nominated "The Counterfeiters" (2007), Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Its historical import as a peripheral civil-rights document can't be understated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A collective sense of psychological turmoil seems to weigh heavily on the entire country as much as Champ, reaching critical mass once chaos creeps into the city-leading to a quiet, climactic walk into darkness that earns the right to be called haunting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    By boiling a dysfunctional couple down to a worst-hits clip reel, the director created one painful autopsy of an affair, the polar opposite of those frolicking montages so prevalent in American rom-coms. (He's also gave his actors a hell of a valentine; neither Yanne nor Jobert has ever been better.)
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Jean Gentil shares a certain searching quality that marked the best of Bresson's films - and for once, the inevitable analogy with his work seems appropriate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The sisterhood who have made this an art form mostly remain unsung heroes, as it were, of the hit parade. Their collective bow is long overdue.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    In one grease-monkey swoop, Glodell proves that he's a subversive talent worth following. Let a thousand of his future projects bloom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The importance of Tiesel’s performance here can’t be overstated, and even during what is easily the most excruciating birthday-party scene involving cock ribbons ever, the actor lends an incredibly profound sense of sorrow to the film’s pitilessness.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The real strength of Cohen’s occasionally didactic drama, though, is in the way the film redirects your focus to the periphery and reminds you of the richness that resides there. It was an achievement Bruegel mastered early on. And it’s what makes Museum Hours its own work of art.

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