For 540 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 23% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 55
Highest review score: 100 House of Bamboo (1955)
Lowest review score: 12 Pacific Rim: Uprising
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 37 out of 540
540 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Deadpan clownishness is The Fairy's raison d'être and its superior mode; when the lovey-doveyness turns cloying and the atrophied message-mongering creeps in, you wish the threesome knew when to keep their traps shut.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The tongue is in cheek and the tone is ironic and bleak, at least until the should-we-stay-or-should-we-go climax punctures the mood. Still, welcome back, Danis.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Lise Birk Pedersen's documentary offers some compelling peeks into Russia's bureaucratic skulduggery, but her attempt to frame the situation through a young convert's coming of age never really coheres. Innocence was lost; so, apparently, was much of the insightful commentary.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Every time the narrative's underworld schnooks and low-level lowlifes edge their way out of the periphery, a sense of snorting impatience takes over. This is Jacky's story, and when he's grabbing Bullhead by the horns, you don't want him to let go.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    They've given their star one rotten peach of a role, and Depardieu makes the most of it. Because of him, such surreal Gallic scuzziness has rarely seemed so sweetly tender.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Parenting relies on stamina as much as compassion, and Donzelli has, against all odds, crafted a genuinely moving ode to both the tenacity of filial love under extreme circumstances and the toll it extracts. Consider this a coup.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Blessed with a weeklong run at the end of Film Forum's bliss-inducing Robert Bresson retrospective, the French filmmaker's 1956 tale of steel bars and iron wills boils a true-story prison break down to its bare necessities.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Such pitiable incompetence isn't charming, it's embarrassing - and simply inexcusable.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Director Michael Corrente has delivered decent petty-criminal movies before - see 1994's "Federal Hill" - but every aspect here smacks of faux-street toughness at its worst.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Innocence is lost - as well as 90 minutes of your precious, precious time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    By the time you realize how stealthy the film's critique has been, you've already fallen right into its trap.

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