Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    80
    A supremely elegant, meditative thriller.
  3. 70
    Turturro keeps Fear X fascinating, practically in spite of itself.
  4. Barely credible, but in the hands of the film's dedicated minimalists, "barely" is enough, and they turn the precious little they have to work with into a plus.
  5. Grimly austere barely begins to describe the atmosphere of dread that seeps through Fear X like a toxic mist.
  6. The movie is so glacially paced and underdeveloped that it often feels as numb as its grieving hero.
  7. Perhaps a radical re-editing of Fear X-like Lynch did on “Mulholland Drive”-could rescue the film's workaday unease from the dread taboo of derivative weirdness. It's half a movie, but a half that hums.
  8. Ultimately Fear X feels more like an intellectual exercise than a convincing drama.
  9. 50
    A tedious, snail-paced mess.
  10. 40
    Turturro's sweaty, lumpen Cain is a profoundly disagreeable guide down the rabbit hole of hallucinatory paranoia.
  11. 38
    A pretentious, unsatisfying and ultra-slow-moving thriller.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Jan 29, 2012
    2
    The beginning of the movie was promising. I expected and intelligent plot with a los of psychological twists. Unfortunately, it wasn't what IThe beginning of the movie was promising. I expected and intelligent plot with a los of psychological twists. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I thought it would. It is a pretentious movie with no major substance, if people are still talking about it,questioning themselves, and trying to find the 'real' meaning of the movie, they shouldn't because this movie is not The Machinist. The plot here is much more basic but the producers are trying to make us believe there is a 'smart plot' and that there is 'much more' to the eye, but at the end is it just pointless. Slow, unenganging, boring. It is sad to say that because I did think the movie had potential! I ended up truly disappointed. I wouldn't recommend it at all. The best thing of this movie are the performances. The ending: Bad...apparently the director(check online, for it is true) said that he just didn't know how to end it so he didn't work on it and that is why he left it like that ! So, there it goes... according to the director the ending meant nothing but what it was...so I think the movie probably didn't mean much either! Period!... Full Review »