Metascore
16

Overwhelming dislike - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 16 out of 20
  1. 50
    Strange, how good feardotcom is, and how bad. The screenplay is a mess, and yet the visuals are so creative this is one of the rare bad films you might actually want to see.
  2. There's potential here for a macabre cult favourite touching on themes of technology and the body-mind split, but the movie's progression into rambling incoherence gives new meaning to the phrase "fatal script error."
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    40
    Never quite realizes its potential to evoke the real horror of the Internet -- Yet, Malone has given the film a distinctive atmosphere and occasional flashes of his perverse sense of humor.
  4. If sudden loud noises, relentless strobe lights, digital hallucinations and mutilated corpses make you jump, and you feel that nothing more is required for a good time at the movies, welcome to Feardotcom.
  5. As scary and minor-chord heavy as FearDotCom can be, there's no big payoff, no logical resolution.
  6. 30
    There's a germ of an interesting idea here, but it's smothered by gloomy cinematography a la "Seven" (1995) and grating implausibilities, like the fact that everyone lives in the kind of cavernous, dankly art-directed dumps that only internet millionaires and trust fund twinkies can afford in the real New York.
  7. The story is a mess, some of the images offensive, the acting under par and the dialogue silly.
  8. 25
    A low-rent, slow-witted horror flick notable chiefly for its hilariously unsuccessful attempt to pass off Luxembourg City as New York City.
  9. The film squanders every opportunity (and international-coproduction cent) on by now imitative Nine Inch Nails-video-style visual Goth-goo, and, scarily, forgets to input a plot or script that makes any sense.
  10. 20
    I feel guilty and somehow unclean. And all I did was watch it.
  11. 20
    Would have made a hell of a short -- but falls flat on its hyperstylized face as a feature.
  12. 20
    Made with just enough craft to keep it from being the instantly dated camp howler its title promises, but it's quickly apparent that there's no thought or originality under its grim, familiar surface.
  13. 20
    Shameless exercise in high-tech sadism.
  14. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    10
    This movie is plain stupid from the get go, but at least it looks good.
  15. 10
    The film, whose clumsy editing and dearth of establishing shots keep the viewer in an unintended state of confusion, is a corpse in its own right: It’s filled with the rotting ideas of far better movies.
  16. The story leapfrogs abruptly from scene to scene, and it makes such a mockery of narrative logic and continuity that the cast tends to look either baffled (Dorff) or as if they're trying to remain unrecognized.
  17. It is painful to watch an actor as skillful as Mr. Dorff reduced to delivering flat repetitive dialogue that would make any actor look foolish.
  18. 10
    A depraved, incoherent, instantly disposable piece of hackery.
  19. The film is a failure in just about every way, save for its acting, which is adequate.
  20. Reviewed by: Collin Levey
    0
    For the most part, the movie serves up an incomprehensible collage of high-tech voyeurism sprinkled with every hackneyed creep-out trick in the book -- from eerie little ghost girls to melting walls and scurrying cockroaches.
User Score
3.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    3
    This movie was extremely boring and senseless there isn't nothing positive about this movie. The movie begins confusing and then you realizeThis movie was extremely boring and senseless there isn't nothing positive about this movie. The movie begins confusing and then you realize that it has a mindless plot. Full Review »
  2. KeenanS
    Jun 15, 2009
    8
    Despite what people had to say about it, I really enjoyed this horror flick. I liked the creepy special effects and strange imagery. The Despite what people had to say about it, I really enjoyed this horror flick. I liked the creepy special effects and strange imagery. The actors weren't too shabby and the music was rather enjoyable. It may not have a mind-blowing plot, but I was kept interested throughout the film. Despite the negativity, I still really liked it. Full Review »