Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 7, 2014
    75
    At the very least, Fantastic Fear of Everything has a fantastic central performance. And sometimes that's enough.
  2. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Dec 13, 2013
    60
    It's always trying to do something unusual. It has a great lead in Pegg. What it doesn't have is an ending or a clear reason what it wants to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Dec 13, 2013
    60
    Fear falls short of fantastic yet it’s a decent effort that, like Pegg’s beard, proves to be something of a grower.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Feb 5, 2014
    58
    The film’s whimsical specificity, random though it frequently seems, is the main thing it has going for it.
  5. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Feb 6, 2014
    50
    Fantastic Fear leaps all over the place narratively and conceptually, servicing the comedy of every individual scene without considering or linking the others. Some of those individual scenes are marvelous, though.
  6. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Feb 11, 2014
    40
    For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny — the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting.
  7. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 7, 2014
    40
    The effect eventually becomes that of about a dozen story pitches all strung together. Any one of them might have the potential for greatness in isolation. Try to mash them up into one movie, though, and much like Jack, they fall to pieces.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 6, 2014
    40
    There’s also little point and a garish quality that goes from pulp to junk fairly quickly, despite Pegg’s presence.
  9. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Feb 5, 2014
    25
    Strands of Simon Pegg's amiable persona are found in the film's more tolerable bits, but even this seasoned vet's unique voice is lost amid the glut of references to other work.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Feb 8, 2014
    20
    The dreary, loud, amateurish horror-comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything...isn’t terribly interested in logic. Or continuity. Or filmmaking acumen. Or, most glaringly, laughs.
  11. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Dec 13, 2013
    20
    Crispian Mills's London-based horror-comedy is so spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.
  12. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Dec 13, 2013
    20
    It is three parts The Mighty Boosh to two parts The Goon Show, which, when mixed with the quite astonishing lack of wit and finesse seen here, makes for pure cinematic strychnine.
  13. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Dec 13, 2013
    20
    There’s not a single, solitary laugh to be had.
  14. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Dec 13, 2013
    20
    [A] stunningly joke-free comedy-horror hybrid.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Feb 15, 2014
    0
    The Fantastic Fear Of Everything is weird enough to have a mind boggling story and a crazy Simon Pegg, isn't that enough to keep you from notThe Fantastic Fear Of Everything is weird enough to have a mind boggling story and a crazy Simon Pegg, isn't that enough to keep you from not watching this movie? It's a helload of crap being literally dropped at the Sundance Film Festival. It's weird as hell and Simon Pegg is being humiliated with the hilariously bad script and direction on screen. Avoid. Full Review »