Fear

Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    38
    A movie as unsubtle as its title suggests, Fear is too seriously intended to work as trash and too ungainly and ugly to register as entertainment. [15 Apr 1996]
  2. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    25
    Fear strikes out in slasher flick This movie is laced with enough gratuitous bloodshed and reactionary zeal to warm the heart of a Montana militiaman. [12 Apr 1996]
  3. 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.
User Score
1.3

Overwhelming dislike- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 2, 2015
    0
    This movie is dreadful on every level. Mark has been in a few exciting movies like the italian job remake in 2003. However most of the moviesThis movie is dreadful on every level. Mark has been in a few exciting movies like the italian job remake in 2003. However most of the movies he has been in are below average. This movie has a ridiculous plot and
    it is easily one of the movies you should avoid seeing. Sitting through this movie will torment your mind.
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  2. 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
    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    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
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  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 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. Full Review »