For 516 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 House of Bamboo (1955)
Lowest review score: 20 Cost of a Soul
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 516
516 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    And though Capper captures a few truly intimate moments, like the star humbly participating in a Rasta ritual, the whole thing ends up feeling like a superficial cross between a starstruck version of Vice’s gonzo travelogues and a highly (ahem) stage-managed portrait of an artist in transition.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This slapdash parody will simply inspire shrugs.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Innocence is lost - as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The movie misses the Hughes sensitive-raunch sweet spot, though a game supporting cast hits bull's-eyes on lesser targets.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even "Bwana Devil" showed less crassness in its attempts to wow, however, and the more this cardboard blockbuster piles on the cut-rate F/X, the less anyone - the cast, the filmmaker, you - can muster up the energy to care.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 63 David Fear
    A tonally uneven mishmash of Wes Anderson quirk, John Cassavetes guts-spilling and The Breakfast Club, all of which somehow manages to dampen the talents of its crack ensemble cast.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    If Gregorini and Von Furstenberg's goal was to construct a cinematic Sunday Styles spread of the plaid-skirt-and-tie crowd, then kudos. As filmmakers, however, these two have some serious growing up of their own to do.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Once AIDS rears its head, this nostalgic look back goes into melodrama mode - and quickly descends from bad to much, much worse.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The fact that the film’s title is an Arabic word for “olive,” as in holding out said branch to your foes, gives you a sense of what Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree) is going for: a melodrama with a do-we-all-not-bleed? moral.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Bouchareb gives his actors room to roam, but you still get only skin-deep sketches instead of flesh-and-blood women.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Question: What's the only thing worse than doing an unfaithful film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel? Answer: Doing a completely faithful one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    You never lose the nagging sense that you're simply watching a high-school drama club's production of '40s fatalism chic.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It isn't long, however, before the film's caricatured bad-guy shtick starts to wear gossamer thin, and an overabundance of "clever" twists-no one is [Yawn] who they seem to be! - begins to sap whatever little goodwill has been built up.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The books' ingenious wunderkind is MIA here, replaced instead by a generic eye-rolling, motormouthed preteen bopping around rote set pieces.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    No stranger to controversy, Fifth Generation Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine) has always taken his country to task over bureaucratic and social issues; here, the director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Ugh! For a movie devoted to an alleged geek-rebel underdog, this coming-of-age flick couldn't be more conformist, from its familiar faux quirk to the interchangeable emo-pop songs peppering each sugary montage.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There's a secret weapon embedded within The Watch, however, and his name is Richard Ayoade.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Has neither enough bite nor enough heart to sustain it as a female-revenge-fantasy-cum-romantic-comedy; even its “shocking” switcheroo and faux-edgy moments seem remarkably frivolous and flavorless.
    • 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
    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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Their brotherly bickering may be a useful time killer until the new Arrested Development episodes drop, but it's ultimately foamy filler added to a frustratingly frothy film that says nothing about its subject.

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