For 504 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 5.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Norte, the End of History
Lowest review score: 20 Happy Tears
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 504
  2. Negative: 34 out of 504
504 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    At the very least, this mush pot reminds us that countries other than ours also produce melodramatic mediocrities.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This Age-of-Aquarius relic's dedication to utopian ideals is great; this superficial portrait, however, is merely grating.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Awkward banter, a lack of narrative thrust and concentrated character deep-digging, and a performance by Sally Hawkins as a Russian maid that seems beamed in from another movie all contribute to the cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A sense of the man himself seems absent in Fábio Barreto's portrait, however, and other than a rally scene with prescient Occupy Wall Street overtones, you're mostly left with facts, dates and iconic poses.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It may be petty to dismiss such a rags-to-much-better-rags story, but given how manipulatively constructed this music doc is, even in its rawest moments, you still leave feeling like you've been played.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This full-clip misfire reminds us of a valuable lesson: Not even talent, tastefully dressed tough guys and a metropolitan backdrop dripping with after-hours menace can compensate for a complete lack of momentum or drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Other than an impromptu spectacle in a downtown record store, little of the chops and charisma Buckley fils had in spades is channeled; this is still the usual Let Us Now Praise Famous Men karaoke session, wrapped up in some extra-discordantly warbled notes.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Kutcher is surprisingly anticharismatic as a star. A smarmy grin and looking good while shirtless does not equal screen presence, dude.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A few awesome firefights does not an action film make, and even De Niro's Ronin-esque interlude can't shake the feeling that the thrill, like the '80s, is gone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Whistle-blowing works best without gratuitous pop-doc debris, but there are only so many dry, fact-heavy testimonies from engineers you can take before a certain dullness uneasily settles in.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even the show's disciples may feel like they've been cheated.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A huge hit in its native country, Hun Jang's epic doesn't lack for spectacle or incident: In addition to its war-what-is-it-good-for? moralizing, it also piles on bloody battle scenes, subplots involving a sniper and a supply chest, and a nihilistic last-minute twist. What you don't get is the sense that this pumped-up combat-fatigue chronicle is pandering-or, for that matter, particularly original.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Childers's varied, charitable life story warrants a movie, but whether that means it's okay to simply mash up sappy Christian piety and action-movie chaos is highly debatable.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Other than the Pottersploitation and presence of current It nerd Baruchel, this fantasy-action-comedy might have been spat out into multiplexes any summer over the previous two decades, yet it would seem like forgettable abracadabra filler regardless of the date.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Subversive elements or not, this is essentially little more than a TV soap opera spiced with hot-button topics (gender issues, clandestine gay trysts), and the combo of TV melodramatics and mumblecore-ish aesthetics eventually wears out its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Say what you will about this collection of less-than-feature-length films: There’s truth in its advertising. The sketchlike movies here are indeed shorts, and stars do lend their presence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A business-as-usual slog.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This tale of a rich brat (Jonet) is a banal, tone-deaf dud.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Barkin may be the equal of Gena Rowlands or Liv Ullmann. Her director's clumsiness, however, suggests he isn't fit to hold Cassavetes's or Bergman's old camera cases.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Rather than presenting the original Czech version, American distributors have opted to release an English-dubbed edition, headed up by writer, director and actor Vivian Schilling (who voices the kidnapped doll Buttercup) - and the result is a tonal disaster.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A favorite at this year's SXSW, Kyle Smith's real-time look at curdled relationships is a modest take on indie psychodramatics - and little else.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    They quickly smother whatever greatness was inherent in the material. Faulkner’s vivid, tragic and tender world is nowhere to be found here, and it's a deal breaker by any other name.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Whether anyone over the age of 16 will find the film's proud amateurism and choir-preaching personally enlightening, much less profound, is anyone's guess.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Ron Honsa's PBS-appropriate doc pays lip service to the utopian space's history, and features (too-)brief snippets of performances and modern-dance legends - Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell - praising the landmark.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The question is, could someone turn these full-frontal-dudity snapshots into a satisfying, cohesive movie? Answer: no, but not for lack of trying.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It’s a waste, for sure — of talent and your time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    In all aspects, The Girl can’t help it — this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic.

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