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 6.1 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 The Blind Side
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 504
  2. Negative: 34 out of 504
504 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's Weiss's sheer gonzo energy and his determination to keep it together (barely) in the name of justice that initially fuel this underdog tale, giving it a far more manic, unpredictable edge than your usual courtroom handwringer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Yes, it’s derivative to a fault — but a deserved midnight-movie cult following is all but assured.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    You walk away with far more questions than answers — a profile foul by any other name.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Ghost Bird has a bad habit of briefly taking flight and then crashing back down into NPR-like stodginess.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Thankfully, Lynn Hershman-Leeson's loosely organized doc offers a long-overdue primer on what these radical groundbreakers accomplished.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    As with his previous film Golden Door (2006), Crialese proves that he’s more adept when evoking a lyrical naturalism practiced by his directorial ancestors than when he’s hand-wringing over social issues.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The old-fashioned vibe, in fact, does more than just distinguish the story of skinny runt turned supersoldier Steve Rogers (Evans) from every other comic-book movie out there, though its fetishization of retro-techno gizmos and getups-call it leatherbucklepunk-immensely adds to the fun.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    As a thriller, however, the film only comes alive in fits and starts.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film's notion that a little understanding and a lot of e-mailing would basically solve the Middle East crisis, however, is as reductive as it is utopian.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While Araki has finally perfected a shoegazey visual aesthetic that's simultaneously sensual and too cool for school, it's hard not to feel that his reprise of yesterday's greatest snits borders on being stuck in a rut.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The result is a fascinating, if somewhat scattered, meta attempt to straddle modernism and realism, creating an aesthetic purgatory oddly similar to the film's geographical one.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Given the way the film consistently relies on the talented actor's left-of-center charms, you end up with a cake-and-eat-it-too critique: You get to acknowledge how one-dimensional the male fantasies of hot nerd-messiah chicks are while basking in exactly the same thing. Nice try.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It's a movie that doesn't inspire anything as passionate as love or hate.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The result is erratic, occasionally WTF hilarious (three words: revenge by panther!), and in its transgressive tracks-of-my-tears climax, capable of finding pleasure in being bat-shit crazy.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film ham-fistedly hammers home its message more than the usual collateral-damage drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The ugly Americanism gets piled on thick - racists, dickwads and ignoramuses, oh my! - but there's a melancholy to this indie's cross-cultural explorations and communication breakdowns that compensates for the broader swipes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The film never finds the right mix of the epic and the intimate - the personal as seen through the 20th century's Euro-geopolitical turmoil - that it aims for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    There's too much beauty and ballast in the movie's early stages to dismiss Ceylan's cerebral cop drama, and too much genuine banality in its latter acts to justify a sluggish slouch into the shallow end.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    If you see only one Sono film, check out this flick; you will have then seen them all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    If Last Ride leans heavily on fugitive-life lyricism, it benefits from an incredible father-son chemistry between Weaving and Russell-one that makes the movie's inexorable drive toward tragedy that much more gut-wrenching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    At its best, Outrage offers a meat-and-potatoes look at an age when battles of honor and humanity are AWOL in yakuza society. As things wind toward the inevitable hierarchical breakdown, however, the movie too often resembles a repetitive cycle of tough guys shouting, shooting and shuffling off this mortal coil.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    As a chronicle of grief and passion, however, the film is perilously close to being an exercise in tactile but touchy-feely passive-aggression.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Gibson simply turns his signature righteous rage into a crushing inward sorrow-Sad Max?-and Foster boldly plays everything straight, rendering her actor's unnerving turn to mania (and a pitch-black third act) with zero tongue-in-cheek.

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