For 525 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: 55
Highest review score: 100 Raw
Lowest review score: 20 House of Boys
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 525
525 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    An American remake is already being prepped. We suggest Hollywood simply cries uncle now and calls it a day.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Bibliophiles, librarians and graduate students may swoon at the sight of the author's signature grotesquerie.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Titillation and tentative stabs at gender studies do not a cogent cri de coeur make. It's simply a provocation that's all hopped up with nowhere to go.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ambiguities trump answers, and possibly even logic. For those who aren't burdened by such things, the loopy, off-kilter pace and frontal-lobe frying provide their own unconventional pleasures. It's a cult film, in more ways than one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This is the same old safe, sappy movie that shows up on TBS every weekend.
    • 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
    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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Jean Gentil shares a certain searching quality that marked the best of Bresson's films - and for once, the inevitable analogy with his work seems appropriate.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Fightville doesn't pummel you with outsider viewpoints - it doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    They've taken an intriguing story about female neuroses with gothic overtones and turned it into a graceless, butt-ugly attempt at Twilight-lite.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Question: What's the only thing worse than doing an unfaithful film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel? Answer: Doing a completely faithful one.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    No one's asking for a somber account of simian life, but perhaps Buzz Lightyear could keep quiet for a bit and let the monkey business speak for itself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Forget the snark about him ransacking Eric Rohmer's bag of tricks; the gentle ironies and droll, bitter wit here prove Hong is the French New Waver's heir apparent.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The movie adaptation's version of religion may be more nuanced than the usual Left Behind fire-and-brimstone sermonizing you find in much contemporary pro-Christian cinema, but it still leaves behind a sulfuric stink.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    With his sophomore feature, "Tony Manero" (2008), filmmaker Pablo LarraĆ­n gave us both a memorably maniacal main character and a black-joke metaphor about the free-floating psychosis wafting through Pinochet's Chile.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You'd follow these two anywhere - even down a long, winding and perilously close-to-pointless road.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Schemel is a major rock & roll survivor; Hit So Hard is a minor rockumentary at best, as well as a seriously missed opportunity.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Despite toggling among the three characters' story lines, the film is barely concerned with the who, what or where of the incidents, much less a deeper why. It simply wants to milk this real-life example of courage (and chaos) under fire for multiplex thrills, reducing everything to a cheap adrenaline rush set to a pulsing soundtrack.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Nothing but 88 minutes of a gushy lovefest would have been grating, yet these episodic stories make the film feel like just another going-for-the-gold doc drumming up investment in a cultural curio. The Con's still the thing; a game-changer like this deserves deeper anthropology instead of being reduced to a gladiatorial arena for aspiring fringe dwellers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    This antibullying advocacy group could not be more well-intentioned or needed, but suddenly, the sneaking suspicion that you've merely been watching an extended PSA for the grassroots organization starts to take hold.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This writer-director still has some evolving to do.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Consider the movie a testament to Rahim's screen presence. If nothing else, Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet" was no fluke.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Only Dissolution's divine climax feels truly poetic. Having the stamina to not break down on the journey to that moment is half the battle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Unless you really dig "Glee"-level displays of high-school drama geekery, you and your date may want to quickly exeunt.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Only Kristin Scott Thomas channeling "In the Loop's" Malcolm Tucker offers a spark; the rest is simply hokum designed to land overly sentimental suckers hook, line and sinker.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The movie's multitasking creator seems to have bitten off more then she can chew. Her friends should have advised "baby steps."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Unfortunately, he's retained his previous work's touristy mondo italiano! vibe, all whimsical tunes and postcard scenery, while piling on enough ogling shots of nubile young women to make Hugh Hefner feel uncomfortable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's best to just let the silly-to-spectacular set pieces fly by you and-tastes permitting-enjoy the Karo Syrupped ridiculousness on display.

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