For 511 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 54
Highest review score: 100 35 Shots of Rum
Lowest review score: 20 Women in Trouble
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 511
511 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    When violence eventually rears its ugly head again, the effect is as anticlimactic as the movie’s title is misleading. Brief bliss is a red herring; there’s only a lifetime of pain left in such acts’ wakes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The movie’s b&w images of craggy landscapes and shirtless young men have never looked more vibrant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    While the director doesn't hide her sympathies, she leaves remarkably few stones unturned in a dogged search for answers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A worthwhile portrait of a genius who made beautiful music, and a case study for how to tragically, epically self-destruct.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    To make a Western now is in itself a subversive act. Improving, embellishing and reclaiming an old-fashioned oater from the vintage studio-cheese bin with such humor and vigor seems truly, truly ballsy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more — and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Every so often, you get the gift of watching an under-the-radar actor bloom into a critical-mass phenomenon before your bloodshot eyes: Franka Potente in "Run Lola Run," or Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds." Add Noomi Rapace to the list; what she does with the title character of this Swedish thriller-cum-pop-lit-adaptation will spawn cults of swooning Rapacephiles stat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Her
    It’s a tale of lonely souls and literalized online dating, and you assume filmmaker Spike Jonze will characteristically mix high-concept absurdism with heartfelt notions. Unexpectedly, the latter dominates, thanks in no small part to Phoenix’s nuanced, open-book performance.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Mostly, you see a prolific artist going out playing—an unsentimental, salt-of-the-earth tribute that keeps the beat in a way that would make this extraordinary journeyman beam.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This surreal, sentimental journey does provide an excellent encapsulation of everything Ruiz did best: oddball takes on highbrow lit and lowbrow genre conventions, guided tours of characters’ mazelike memory banks, and a reveling in film culture that doubles as a cinephile’s wet dream.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This is humanistic drama done right.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year - one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings. Forget the muscles; he brings the heart and soul.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    An American remake is already being prepped. We suggest Hollywood simply cries uncle now and calls it a day.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    By the end of this funny, insightful doc, you get a sense of an extraordinary mind that both fueled and fed the zeitgeist. Don't miss it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Gideon Koppel's free-form portrait of a Welsh farming community may be the most subtly poetic piece of cine-anthropology to come down the pike in eons.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Movies about children fending for themselves are predicated on pushing prepubescent despair into viewers' faces, which only makes this Swedish film's graceful mixture of terror and transcendental girl power that much more impressive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero’s growing success as one of the subgenre’s stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    You think you're in for another coming-of-age movie about getting into someone's pants until you realize Deep End's real goal is getting under your skin.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s to the filmmakers’ credit that we also see how insecurity and proximity to fame both drove him and drove him crazy, resulting in a layered look at a man who was a jack of all trades, but a master of one: being George.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    You could spend a lifetime peeling the glass onion of Shirley Clarke’s merciless documentary, in which a born performer drops incinerating truth bombs while putting the con in confessional moviemaking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    At its best, this pomo oater gets within chaw-spitting distance of action-flick greatness; at its worst, the movie is simply unadulterated guns-and-guts fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Apted once wanted to give us "glimpses into Britain's future," per the archival-footage announcer. With this installment, he's delivered an intimate portrait of settling down and finally making peace with one's well-publicized past.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The more Shepard & Dark rewinds through their shared history, the more the film blossoms into something far richer than a simple tribute to a long, beautiful friendship—it becomes an ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it’s not even past.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    The film has its narrative flaws and, occasionally, distracting stylistic flourishes. Harrelson's portrayal of a swinging dick staring down the abyss, however, is perilously close to perfect; it's the finest, most harrowing thing he's ever done.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Both a baroque thriller set in New York's ballet demimonde and a portrait of artistry as schizoid perfectionism, Darren Aronofsky's new film percolates parallel lines of fine madness-but then, doubling down on duality is this movie's raison d'etre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    A cross-pollinated mixture of Hollywood-blockbuster bombast, Asian cool and '60s Vegas ring-a-ding swing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Filtering the fallout of Mexico's drug wars through the eyes of one stoic security guard, documentarian Natalia Almada (El General) avoids the head-on journalistic approach and emerges with something far more impressive: a piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    You can easily see why Ichikawa's vision of the 20th-century Japanese-lit landmark is considered definitive; the way he elevates the story's soap-operatic elements to a level of extraordinary sublimity makes the melodramatic seem positively majestic.

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