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 The Raid: Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 Struck by Lightning
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 518
518 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    We like our secondhand vengeance as sleazy and bloody as the next grindhouse fiend, but even an intentional throwback shouldn’t feel content to coast on so much déjà vu.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ghost Bird has a bad habit of briefly taking flight and then crashing back down into NPR-like stodginess.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It’s gratifying to see Eisenberg move past nerdy-cutie parts; his slim shoulders, it seems, are capable of handling more than Michael Cera’s leftovers.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The first-person sections, however, couldn’t be more clumsy or grating, and every time Diamond’s tone-deaf narration starts repeating the obvious, you can feel an eye-opening history lesson turning into a quirky, orbs-glazing travelogue.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The odor of musty, late-’80s nostalgia may still hover around this already threadbare brand, but you simply don’t see movies that leave both the curious and the fans who truly care this viscerally satisfied anymore.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    No one would claim that director Lance Daly delivers an Emerald Isle version of "The Spirit of the Beehive," though this scrappy film does have a knack for capturing the elation and confusion of late childhood in their ragged glory.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film, meanwhile, gives Wahlberg and Ferrell beautiful opportunities to turn their anger-mismanagement-meets-milquetoast act into an absurdist version of Abbott and Costello.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    All that's left is to enjoy the ravishing visuals, which range from gorgeously dusky scenes of semidarkness to the sort of smeary neon palettes that Wong Kar-wai has virtually patented.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    This being a François Ozon film, there's beaucoup simmering sexual tension, as well as the prolific French director's usual thematic preoccupations: death and grief, familial animosity and female awakening.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The movie will make you tap your toes; don't expect much for your head or your heartstrings.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Audiences with infinite patience and no need for linear storytelling do get an intimate tour of The Anchorage's picturesque island off the coast of Stockholm, its landscapes lensed with loving appreciation. Past that, the experience of sitting through Ulla's daily routines yields little more than a travelogue and a vaguely contemplative vibe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The plentiful pop-doc touches ensure that this wake-up call won't put you to sleep, even if the ratio of spoonfuls of sugar to medicine occasionally seems skewed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    When it comes to capturing the man behind the phenomenon, however, the film never progresses beyond a superficial, weird-yet-wonderful portraiture.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even those that have acquired a taste for Green's rigorous, super-ascetic aesthetic may find this French drama about a starlet (Baldaque) to be almost as bare as it is spare.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even if you can forgive the crude JAP caricatures (et tu Minnie Driver?) and the blatantness of the film's attempts to make you sob, you're still left with lovely actors stuck in a lackluster cover version of the real thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You can't necessarily blame Wahlberg, as his modest performance is the one element that feels truly authentic and heartfelt.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Even the movie's trio of outstanding actors come off like mouthpieces from a creaky Group Theater play, spiced with an occasional Cagneyism or two.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Then Plame's cover gets blown, and so does the film's; suddenly, the clunky melodrama that had been lurking in the shadows starts hogging the spotlight.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    When the movie keeps its focus on retribution and Rambo-esque ambushes, however, this slice of Ozploitation doles out grind-house pleasures by the dozens.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Far be it from us to deny the director his deserved catharsis or to dissuade someone from speaking out about abuse. Still, Family Affair feels less like a documentary than one man's filmed therapy marathon, to which you're voyeuristically privy in an oversharing-on-Oprah sort of way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Such overall familiarity makes the over-the-top soap-operatic elements, such as a histrionic screamathon between mom and daughter, that much more grating-and Hrebejk's upending of cathartic clichés that much more gratifying.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    To Cool It's credit and its detriment, the movie establishes that Lomborg quickly made enemies, without spelling out exactly why he's so loathed besides refusing to toe the Green Party line.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The difference between a movie about emptiness and an empty movie becomes abundantly clear.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Easily the most gracefully performed grief-porn you'll see this season.

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