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  • Summary: David McCall (Wahlberg) becomes a psychopath boyfriend when Nicole (Witherspoon) tries to end their relationship.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Testosterone-driven entertainment with a moral, sleekly directed by James Foley.
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    75
    Forceful and well-acted. Fear truly lives up to its title.
  3. 70
    Fear is pretty much a cheap-thrills fix; the ideas, such as they are, function as window dressing. Still, cheap though these thrills may be, they are genuinely thrilling.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    60
    The thriller telegraphs most of its suspense payoffs, and the audience is almost always ahead of the game. What's most disappointing is that the characters begin as well-etched individuals, but are gradually turned into mere plot functions.
  5. 50
    A kinetic, visually dazzling thriller that's actually a notch above many of its predecessors - albeit only a small notch.
  6. A nasty little thriller that starts out on a somewhat higher plane but eventually trades in its level head for conventional scare tactics and violence.
  7. Despite a few scattered moments of visceral excitement, the only thing truly frightening about the oh-so-ominously titled Fear is how so many talented people came to be involved in so inane a project.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. PaulaD.
    Apr 18, 2008
    10
    This is mark Wahlberg's best movie! He is so hot in it and scary!!
  2. RichardL.
    Dec 25, 2008
    10
    great! Fear is a dark thriller that will have your heart racing and you mind working through the whole film. This great film form director James Foley stars Reese Witherspoon as Nicole, a 16 year old "good girl" who while partying with her friends she meets David( Mark Wahlberg), a charming young man who sweeps Nicole off her feet. Soon enough David and Nicole are inseparable, and Nicole's dad doesn't like that; Nicole's dad starts to dig into Davids past and finds some disturbing things. after that he forbids Nicole to see David,and that starts a battle of wits and brawn that explodes into a heart-pounding thriller that you can't miss. I highly recommend this movie. Expand
  3. RichardL.
    Jan 6, 2009
    10
    great! Fear is a dark thriller that will have your heart racing and you mind working through the whole film. This great film form director James Foley stars Reese Witherspoon as Nicole, a 16 year old "good girl" who while partying with her friends she meets David( Mark Wahlberg), a charming young man who sweeps Nicole off her feet. Soon enough David and Nicole are inseparable, and Nicole's dad doesn't like that; Nicole's dad starts to dig into Davids past and finds some disturbing things. after that he forbids Nicole to see David,and that starts a battle of wits and brawn that explodes into a heart-pounding thriller that you can't miss. I highly recommend this movie. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2014
    7
    Verdict: Love is a Thriller

    Story: When teenagers fall in love we all know that nothing much will come of it when one part turns into a bit
    of a psycho. We do get to see the highs of the relationship and how in love the couple are, but we also see the dark side once they start to break up. We see how one man snaps once he can’t get what he wants and will go to great lengths in his mind games against the family before things get out of hand. It turns from a dull school girl romance into a home invasion psychological thriller. (7/10) Actor Review Mark Wahlberg: David the charmer with a dark side because when love takes over he will stop at nothing to get his girl, disposing of whoever gets in his way. Good performance here showing his darker side and range early on in his career. (8/10) mark Reese Witherspoon: Nicole the sweet sixteen year old who falls for bad boy David, not noticing that he could have a darker side and wonders why he gets mad when she just stops seeing him, very naïve young girl. Good performance from Reese showing she was going onto bigger and better things. (7/10) reese William Petersen: Steve the architect father of Nicole who becomes suspicious of David early on but gets drawn into his mind games. Good protective father performance showing he always had the authority role down to a tee. (7/10) petersen Director Review: James Foley – Good direction mixing genres as the film unfolds. (7/10) Thriller: Once the slow romantic story first finishes the thrills really start. (8/10) Settings: Some good isolated locations leaving the family trapped while the invasion happens. (7/10) Suggestion: This is one to try, fans of the actors should go back and see their early work and it is a solid thriller. (Try) Best Part: Wahlberg is frightening in the lead villain. Worst Part: Slow starting. Kill Of The Film: School friend. Scariest Scene: The dog scene. Believability: People can become that obsessed but I think this is a bit too far. (3/10) Chances of Tears: No (0/10) Chances of Sequel: No Post Credits Scene: No Oscar Chances: No Box Office: $21 Million Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes Tagline: He’s dying to date you Overall: Solid Thriller About A Lost Love Expand

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