For 514 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 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 Daisies (1966)
Lowest review score: 20 Bert Stern: Original Madman
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 514
514 movie reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    More of a massive back-patting for bleeding hearts than a comprehensive-or even semi-comprehensive-survey of DIY protest art, the film unintentionally makes the perfect valentine for the OWS version of radicalism: It's righteous, full of rage and cripplingly unfocused.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This is the same old safe, sappy movie that shows up on TBS every weekend.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The big question isn’t whether middle-aged romance will bloom, but rather, how much sub-Jarmusch deadpan humor and pathos can you take?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The movie meanders like its dissatisfied, part-time pothead protagonist, not wisely but too well.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A set piece involving a skyscraper and a sports car proves he can induce sweaty palms, but one nail-biting moment and some much-misssed Murphy mouthiness won't keep you from feeling like you're the one being ripped off.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This story is both uplifting and awe-inspiring. It deserves to be told better.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    If its juxtaposition of bad behavior and dairy products leaves you stone-faced or wearily sighing, you should exit the theater posthaste.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Third times are rarely charms in the movies, much less fourth go-rounds, and it takes more than ho-hum 3-D and video-game-ready action sequences to liven up diminishing returns
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It’s just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The novelty of their industry aside, there's little to differentiate this from any other relationship-centered Amerindie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even the admittedly thrilling gameplay footage and time-capsule news reports are couched in contexts that seem crudely sketched out.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Only Andrea Riseborough comes close to rising above it all, and even she’s undone by what may be the crassest climactic slo-mo montage ever. The lucky will have logged off by that point.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The Fifth Generation filmmaker has aced such recipes before (e.g. The Emperor and the Assassin); this time, both the spectacular and the human elements have apparently been offered to the gods.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It isn't long, however, before the film's caricatured bad-guy shtick starts to wear gossamer thin, and an overabundance of "clever" twists-no one is [Yawn] who they seem to be! - begins to sap whatever little goodwill has been built up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Kudos for stepping outside your comfort zone, sir, even if the result just translates as old-fashioned cultural slumming masked as tear-jerking humanism. Better luck next time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This charmless movie thinks it can soft-sell its date-night love story and its media meta-jabs without people feeling they've been bamboozled on either count.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    To her credit, Howard’s performance as a class-obsessed Southerner is decent enough to keep things from completely devolving to community-college level. But such weak work needs strong hands all around to guide it, and one pair isn’t enough.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The fact that the film’s title is an Arabic word for “olive,” as in holding out said branch to your foes, gives you a sense of what Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree) is going for: a melodrama with a do-we-all-not-bleed? moral.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Feste's ode to showbiz clichés is closer to contemporary Nashville pop: twangy enough to qualify as Southern-fried, but too slick and disposable to be truly deep.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Mona Achache's character study plays like a Gallic version of a Sundance flick, complete with on-the-nose references - Igawa's character is named Mr. Ozu - and just enough offbeat touches to make it seem more deep than it actually is.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This slapdash parody will simply inspire shrugs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Cracks simply doesn't make the grade.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Only the mighty Fonda cuts through the claptrap; the rest is just a long, predictable trip.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Director Maya Kenig's film never decides whether it wants to be a social satire, a familial drama or a parable about Israeli life during perpetual wartime; that it neither picks a route nor cohesively combines any of those strands doesn't make a fairly generic father-daughter story any more colorful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This writer-director still has some evolving to do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Palmer's acknowledgement of his own involvement in, and thrill at watching, these events speaks volumes, but simply showing generations of pasty, fat men pounding each other to a pulp shouldn't be mistaken for an in-depth exploration of Gaelic machismo.
    • 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.

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