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 Escaped (1956)
Lowest review score: 20 Redemption
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 504
  2. Negative: 34 out of 504
504 movie reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    Awkward banter, a lack of narrative thrust and concentrated character deep-digging, and a performance by Sally Hawkins as a Russian maid that seems beamed in from another movie all contribute to the cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    It could have been so much worse; we wish it was a lot better.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it’s that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town’s “Butterfly.” Ever.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    No stranger to controversy, Fifth Generation Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine) has always taken his country to task over bureaucratic and social issues; here, the director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    It’s just blinkered middle-class pandering at its most shameless.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This film will make you cry tears. They won’t be happy ones.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Kari Skogland’s flashy yet dead-on-arrival drama turns Belfast’s backstreet battlefields into music-video backgrounds.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Even if Women in Trouble didn’t keep bringing to mind a superior artist, the film would still be badly written (DOA tangents about cunnilingus and kink don’t make dialogue edgy, only vulgar), not to mention unevenly paced and an embarrassment to all involved.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Simply casting doubts isn't the same as making a compelling counterargument-or crafting a coherent film.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The only thing that remains a mystery is why anyone thinks they can pass off a poorly made, predictable-to-a-fault movie as inspiring entertainment.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Those of us who dig the comedian's hyperactive persona may feel that the meter is now officially running on his amiable rocker-doofus act; everyone else will simply marvel that a Christmas season could produce such an unfunny, unentertaining lump of coal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    We've come to expect diminishing returns from the once-promising Mexican director who then gave the world "Babel," but the combination of wallowing humanistic-cinema overkill and outright ridiculousness he lays out here represents a new low. Biutiful is not a tragedy. It's a straight-up travesty.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Fess up: You want to see Los Angeles get blowed up real good, and it's a measure of this movie's incompetence that it can't even deliver that vicarious thrill properly.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Even if you ignore the bad acting, dogmatic dirty-talk dialogue so wooden it'd put a Redwood forest to shame and director Phillippe Diaz's total lack of visual sense, you'd still have to digest a junior-collegiate lecture with less savvy than a horny 14-year-old.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    As for parents: Are you cool with feeling like you're having artificial sweetener sandblasted into your eyeballs for 87 minutes?
    • 30 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Performances barely meet a junior-collegiate theater-troupe level, the narration hits maxi-fromage heights, and just when you think it can't get any more derivative, out comes a glowing suitcase à la "Pulp Fiction." Rock bottom has now been firmly established.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This haphazard "exposé" only proves that hackery plus hot air [time] does not equal skillful muckraking.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This bloody, messy action film devolves into a plain ol' bloody mess.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    A veteran of the Saw franchise, Darren Lynn Bousman trades torture-porn antics for an old-fashioned Euro-horror vibe, complete with old dark houses and creepy maids; he then wastes what little suspense he generates with endless dorm-room philosophical debates about faith versus atheism and religio-conspiracy theories so far-fetched they'd embarrass Dan Brown.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    The "bumpkins are people too" message will certainly please the Appalachian Anti-Defamation League; midnight-movie fans, however, will recognize that this mess misses the mark by a country mile.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Once AIDS rears its head, this nostalgic look back goes into melodrama mode - and quickly descends from bad to much, much worse.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    A completely incoherent mess.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Jones may be a charismatic comedian, but no amount of her skilled mugging, Britpop tunes or help from supporting stars (Brooke Shields, Bill Nighy) can transform this derivative ugly duckling into a comic Anglophile swan.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    No matter; this aggressively humorless farce would play like a dead rabbit pulled out of a hat, regardless of the casting choices.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Not one single character strikes you as being anything but a mouthpiece for writer-director Matthew Leutwyler's simplistic views on socio-emotional problems (racial self-hatred! post-rehab guilt!) or an excuse for self-satisfied, back-patting acting exercises. The title is an understatement.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Such pitiable incompetence isn't charming, it's embarrassing - and simply inexcusable.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    What really hurts is seeing Jamie Travis's name attached; for those of us who love his extraordinary "Patterns" trilogy, watching the talented Toronto filmmaker add his characterically kitschy touch to such a witless, faux-edgy movie can only be described as a Travis-ty.