For 510 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Daisies (1966)
Lowest review score: 20 Why Stop Now
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 510
510 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Other than giving Almodóvar regulars Carmen Maura and Lola Dueñas plum supporting roles, that's the best you can say about Philippe Le Guay's trite-to-intolerable tale on the discreet eye-opening of the bourgeoisie.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The historical tragedy that's dramatized is heartrending; the movie itself is merely one cliché piled atop another.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    So it's no surprise that what starts out as a beer-soaked cringe comedy about stunted masculinity ends up deep in the woods with noise-loving Japanese tourists and exploding craniums - or that such detours into psychotronic oddity for its own sake can make even a 75-minute running time feel like an eternity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The more the veteran actor strives to give Joe a final dose of funereal dignity, the more the film around him seems intent on deep-sixing its MVP.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It could have been so much worse; we wish it was a lot better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Non Stop doesn’t know how to hit it and quit; it’s a rock doc that screams loud and says frustratingly little
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Cool, it's a rom-com featuring the man who'd influence Romanticism.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    What's surprising is that Rogen and Streisand have a genuinely complementary chemistry, feeding off each other in a way that suggests that, given a halfway decent script, the two would make a better-than-decent screen duo.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even if you can miraculously avoid comparing this take on rock & roll record maker Leonard Chess (Nivola) to 2008’s similar Cadillac Records, Jerry Zaks’s lukewarm biopic still won’t get your fingers snapping; it’d be a runt in any litter.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    [Viewers] won’t find much here besides Langella’s typically austere performance, some lazy character sketches...and the sensation one gets after having watched paint dry, painfully slowly, on a canvas.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even with incredible fight footage, however, all we have here is a standard if formless ESPN hagiography, complete with a cheesy cop-show score and little sense of who these guys are outside of the ring.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even by the stultifying standards of everything's-screwed ensemble movies, Joseph Infantolino's thirtysomething drama feels particularly threadbare.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A single arresting shot of a photographer chasing a man on fire says more about journalistic ethics and the queasy power of the image than all of the speechifying and star-posing combined; if only the rest of this muddled movie had as much insightful Sontagian bang.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    You get the "girl," but little else; even as a tribute to one woman's determination, this semibiopic screams botched opportunity
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    These kinds of disease-fueled dramas already tend to be soap-operatic, but Kohlberg isn't taking any chances; by the time father and son end up at a Dead show in matching tie-dyed outfits, the director has aggressively, insistently overplayed audience heartstrings like Jerry Garcia in a long-winded solo.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    More than a moral dilemma is needed to make up for the uneven performances, slack pacing and wonky dialogue, and while MacLean certainly has a keen eye, the rest of his storytelling facilities haven't quite caught up with it yet.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    What is confusing is why director Catherine Corsini thinks anyone should invest in a po-faced bourgie drama with so little to offer.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Had Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley accidentally weaseled his way onto the set of E.R., it might have played out something like Lance Daly's medical-drama-cum-upward-mobility-thriller about a hospital's new resident (and resident sociopath).
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There's a secret weapon embedded within The Watch, however, and his name is Richard Ayoade.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It takes more than a few good actors playing bad apples to sustain such familiar romps through regurgitated material. There’s no bounty to be plucked from Perrier’s Bounty. The treasure chest has long since been emptied.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Wah Do Dem simply mopes along before aimlessly stumbling to a halt.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Everything from the script to the film’s score seems stock, and echoes of past victories--Eyre’s dissection of infidelity in "Notes on a Scandal," Neeson and Linney’s chemistry in "Kinsey"--only remind you of what these talents are capable of when the stars actually align.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Given that Sarandon played this same role so sublimely before in "Moonlight Mile," her devolution into theatrical rending of garments and gnashing of teeth is particularly disappointing, but no one--not Brosnan’s shell-shocked–by-numbers patriarch nor Mulligan’s wide-eyed waif--comes out of this steroidal pity party unscathed.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    If this is what passes for contemporary art terrorism, we’ll opt instead for something truly subversive--like genuine art
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Reducing an influential genius to a bohemian Zelig with a firearm fetish misses the forest for the flaming metal trees; in Leyser's biographical interzone, the superficial trumps the truly subversive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This isn’t revisionist history; it’s a key moment in political radicalism reduced to an empty pop-cultural posture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    These guys belong in the avant-odd pantheon. They also deserve a stronger, more penetrating tribute.

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