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 5.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 A Man Vanishes (1967)
Lowest review score: 20 Why Stop Now
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 504
  2. Negative: 34 out of 504
504 movie reviews
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The pity is that the people in People Like Us ultimately don't feel any more dimensional than the archetypes dutifully dotting his lowest-denominator multiplex fodder. He's just picked a different set of clichés to ransack.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    They're not doing themselves any favors by letting this oldie out of the vault.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    An adaptation of Mike Batistick's Off Broadway play, this stagy character study about immigrants living off the crumbs of the American Dream revels in cut-rate street smartness. Then comes the third act, at which point the film moves from obvious message-mongering to the beating of a post–9/11 dead horse.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A business-as-usual slog.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There's a secret weapon embedded within The Watch, however, and his name is Richard Ayoade.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    When the sing-song Jones and beatifically smiling Streep are allowed to carry the dramatic weight, you can see the raw, tough-love film that Hope Springs wants to be - until Frankel starts trying to be lighthearted and cute, at which point you see the movie's real troubled marriage in full bloom.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Both Rock and Delpy the actor invest so much in their respectively harried, recognizably human urbanites that you wonder why Delpy the director keeps undermining things by engaging in easy Gallic caricatures and generically Gotham-ming it up at every opportunity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The pleasure of watching the star sling barbs at Sarsgaard's sandpaper-dry android, shyly court sexy librarian Susan Sarandon and rage against geriatric befuddlement doesn't offset what's essentially a mediocre character study dipped in sci-fi conventions and Social Security–age sentimentality.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even with Gallic neomusical royalty like Catherine Deneuve joining in the fray, the whole endeavor reeks of the filmmaker throwing everything against the wall yet barely making anything stick.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    A former stand-up comic, Miller lends a sense of puckish mischief to his tenderhearted, troubled Cupid, yet everything else about this drama - even the cultural and spirit-of-'68 historical touches - feels like Nesher is simply mashing several stock elements together and gracelessly parading them around.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    When Canet isn't dabbling in schmaltz, he's forcing text-message gags and metaphor-heavy vermin jokes down viewers' throats in a lame attempt at levity. Emotional fraudulence does indeed constitute a lie, just not a white one.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Had Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley accidentally weaseled his way onto the set of E.R., it might have played out something like Lance Daly's medical-drama-cum-upward-mobility-thriller about a hospital's new resident (and resident sociopath).
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Even the show's disciples may feel like they've been cheated.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Rather than presenting the original Czech version, American distributors have opted to release an English-dubbed edition, headed up by writer, director and actor Vivian Schilling (who voices the kidnapped doll Buttercup) - and the result is a tonal disaster.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    You can feel Chbosky's blood, sweat and tears oozing out of this highly personal project, but that holy trinity of fluids isn't enough to wash away the sense that you've seen this before - many, many, many times.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Viewers who can't get enough of ESPN's "30 for 30" docs will lap up this dual portrait.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    So why does this animated kids' film fail to come together? Bursts of manic pacing steamroll over most of the wit, a little of Sandler's thick-accent shtick goes a looong way, and by the time the requisite life lessons about letting your offspring leave the nest get rolled out, the undead-on-arrival jokes are outnumbered by anemic sitcom gags.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The novelty of their industry aside, there's little to differentiate this from any other relationship-centered Amerindie.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Lovers of the TV biker drama may find pleasure in the duo's surreal scenes together, but everyone else will likely view this story about a writer (Hunnam), his film-obsessed drug-addict brother (Chris O'Dowd) and a viral amateur-porn movie as one limp farce.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    You never lose the nagging sense that you're simply watching a high-school drama club's production of '40s fatalism chic.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Huppert fans have long been tolerant of her hit-and-miss filmography, and while her double act with the rubber-faced Poelvoorde provides a few well-played scenes-two words: horsey rides-it's not enough to liven up a trite story of loosening up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This is little more than an episode of VH1's Classic Albums writ large. You'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the making of this chart-topping behemoth - except for insights about the man in the mirror who created it.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Coyle's got charisma to spare - imagine a hard-man version of Andy Serkis - but even his screen presence eventually gets smothered by the film's cartoonish version of ethnic gangsters, macho caricatures and bruised-heart-of-gold hookers. The phrase accept no substitutes has rarely seemed so applicable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    There are a million coming-out stories in various naked cities, and filmmaker Bavo Defume's contribution to the genre initially differentiates itself with a vibrant, creatively campy color scheme. Once the visual touches fade away, however, there's nothing to stop the parade of clichés.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Revenge may be a dish best served cold, as the novel suggested, but steamy adaptations simply can't be doled out lukewarm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Mea Maxima Culpa only gets messier the more it tries to iris out to a larger indictment. The central tragedy ends up diluted to a fault.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    This isn't a film, it's a recording of canned ham-tasty, certainly, but creaky nonetheless.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The fact that director Darragh Byrne has laden things with a Celtic Whimsy 101 score and a sketched outline of a script makes it even tougher for Meaney to lift this film out of its social-drama rut.

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