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  • Summary: Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysteriousJack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear. Expand
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Dec 13, 2013
    20
    [A] stunningly joke-free comedy-horror hybrid.
  7. 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.

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  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. Collapse

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