For 508 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 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Raw
Lowest review score: 20 Gulliver's Travels
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 508
  2. Negative: 34 out of 508
508 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Eye-candy–wise, the film plants a big wet smooch; everything else about this happily-ever-after tale, however, feels like a mere air-kiss.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The movie’s b&w images of craggy landscapes and shirtless young men have never looked more vibrant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    There are moments when The Raid: Redemption doesn't feel like an action movie so much as pure action itself, delivered in strong, undiluted doses and with the sort of creative one-upmanship capable of rejuvenating a stale, seen-it-all genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    No one else has come close to translating England's homegrown blend of deadpan and madcap for a younger audience, much less with such impressive Claymated technique. You couldn't ask for better lesson in "Anglo-Absurdism for Beginners."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Parenting relies on stamina as much as compassion, and Donzelli has, against all odds, crafted a genuinely moving ode to both the tenacity of filial love under extreme circumstances and the toll it extracts. Consider this a coup.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    There are no lava-spewing natural phenomena or gut-wrenching slaughterhouse sequences in this unofficial companion piece, but you do witness sex tourists in Bangkok choosing numbered "girlfriends" as if they were picking out lobsters in a tank.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Mea Maxima Culpa only gets messier the more it tries to iris out to a larger indictment. The central tragedy ends up diluted to a fault.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Viewers who can't get enough of ESPN's "30 for 30" docs will lap up this dual portrait.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There’s no sense of what Wajeman is after here. A character piece should have some sense of a character’s who, what and why, right?
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While her focus has drifted away from the upper middle class, Jaoui’s sensibility remains rather middlebrow; there’s the distinct feeling that she’s preaching solely, albeit with impressive subtlety, to the same bourgie choir as before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's a movie that doesn't inspire anything as passionate as love or hate.
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    • 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
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Though it’s divided into three chapters--“Voices,” “Recollections” and “Innocence”--the film takes a largely free-form look at a dying community that’s more reminiscent of Frederick Wiseman’s nonfiction case studies than the usual sociopolitical hand-wringing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    An overall lack of drive drops the pacing from languorous to a slow, stalled crawl, but the journey itself isn’t the point here. For once, it’s the destination--forgiveness--that really counts.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    As a macro- to micro-exploration of guilt—over giving in to sexual deviancy, its use as a psychological crutch or as something that keeps grief from transforming into closure — The Silence speaks volumes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Here's the thing: We enjoy a good mindf--- lark as much as the next filmgoer, but such fluid tomfoolery eventually has to add up to something, and The Double Hour ultimately doesn't.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even those who aren’t well-versed in the-’hood-always-wins dramas can see what’s coming. So it’s to newcomer Sally El Hosaini’s credit that she embeds a tangible, lived-in sense of the region’s diaspora community and urban criminal underbelly (wagwan, near-indecipherable East End patois!) that’s leagues away from anthropological fetishizing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The result is neither blind idolatry nor a definitive portrait; just a major missed opportunity content to loiter in the middle of the road.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film's dogged repetitions regarding Nannerl's real-life raw deal dilute the reparative nature of the story after a while, and not even the movie's grainy, retro–art-cinema look can keep viewers from gradually tuning out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Once the murderer starts relying on the lad’s kindness, all the preceding kid stuff starts to take on a purposefully sour tang.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Watching the elder statesman spin ring-a-ding wisdom is one thing; witnessing his generosity to another artist who couldn't handle her own talent, however, speaks volumes about what actually lurks under his placid, seemingly imperturbable surface.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    What started as an underground goof ended up becoming a fascinating foul-mouthed curio; though it aims for profundity, Winnebago Man seems destined to suffer the same fate.

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