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 Last Train Home
Lowest review score: 20 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The film occasionally skews a little on the PBS-dry side, but in terms of looking back on a legacy of American skullduggery and high-level shenanigans, its access and acknowledgment of our dark past make for one intimate indictment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There’s slow-burning, and then there’s simply slow; the difference between the two has never been so apparent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While this totally impartial approach is admirable, it also robs Collapse of any invested sensibility. Smith has given this bull a stage on which to rage, but why the filmmaker has bothered to mount the platform in the first place is, frustratingly, anybody’s guess.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    These artists are risking everything by playing Western-influenced music; that Ghobadi cheapens and cheeses up their subversion with Hollywood tricks makes for a seriously bitter irony.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The Big Picture is really Duris's picture; the actor toggles effortlessly between arrogant, feral, remorseful and ruthless as the plot throws one curveball after the next.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The best thing you can say about the movie is that you couldn’t accuse it of being a sellout — nor would you think it was a Joe Swanberg movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story’s ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you’re still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Focus, instead, on the perks that Nightfall does offer: You still get the criminally underrated Aldo Ray trading hardboiled barbs with Anne Bancroft (“I’m a painter.” “Soup cans or sunsets?”); Brian Keith and Rudy Bond’s giggly good-thug-bad-thug double act; and the joy of watching beefy guys in boxy suits dangle cigarettes off sweaty lips and talk tough.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Bal
    Bal's familiarity doesn't breed contempt. It does make you wish, however, for something above and beyond the usual high-art-cinema catnip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Like fellow countryman Park Chan-wook's vengeful epics, this man-on-the-run thriller knows how to deliver a rush; unlike those superior tales of lives on the edge, that's the only trick up its sleeve.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    By the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year - one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings. Forget the muscles; he brings the heart and soul.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The film has its narrative flaws and, occasionally, distracting stylistic flourishes. Harrelson's portrayal of a swinging dick staring down the abyss, however, is perilously close to perfect; it's the finest, most harrowing thing he's ever done.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Thankfully, Lynn Hershman-Leeson's loosely organized doc offers a long-overdue primer on what these radical groundbreakers accomplished.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You walk away with far more questions than answers — a profile foul by any other name.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film’s tendency to wax sentimental occasionally undermines its authority, but you won’t find better behind-the-scenes looks at the era’s mouse-eared power struggles or at the making of modern Disney classics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Movies about children fending for themselves are predicated on pushing prepubescent despair into viewers' faces, which only makes this Swedish film's graceful mixture of terror and transcendental girl power that much more impressive.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A former stand-up comic, Miller lends a sense of puckish mischief to his tenderhearted, troubled Cupid, yet everything else about this drama - even the cultural and spirit-of-'68 historical touches - feels like Nesher is simply mashing several stock elements together and gracelessly parading them around.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    There's just enough uncut truth and soul in Fishbone's story to keep die-hard Boneheads skankin' to the beat, even if it's just for nostalgia's sake.

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