For 765 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 27% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 71% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 57
Highest review score: 100 A Man Escaped (1956)
Lowest review score: 10 Holmes & Watson
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 765
765 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 David Fear
    There’s an art to making action films, and that artistry is as AWOL here as it is in the first movie.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The whole thing takes on a level of fractured fairy-tale storytelling that nods to both the Brothers Grimm and the father-figure Cronenberg.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Part II feels like just another case of sequel-itis, something designed to metastasize into just another franchise among many. Just get through this, it says, and then tune in next year, next summer, next financial quarter statement or board-meeting announcement, for the real story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    An oral history of a once-broken, brainwashed nation, Final Account is the end result of Holland’s efforts to collect testimonies on the unthinkable before those who were there are gone.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    You go in with high expectations about what this collection of talent can do with this bats**t pulp fiction. You leave feeling like you owe Brian De Palma a thousand apologies.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    This is the final game: Do you recommend this to your friends out of brand loyalty, knowing that they’re Saw completists and hey, you endured this, so why shouldn’t they? Or should you take mercy on them and let them know that Spiral should be avoided at all costs, regardless of its slasher-flick pedigree.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Take away the serrated satirical edges of this showdown between suburbanites and self-aware smart devices, and you’re still left with a surprisingly delightful, moving story about a dysfunctional family learning how to connect again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Fear
    Even though it retains the basic theatrical conceit of a lone character having a one-sided conversation, it is pure cinema, because how could Almodóvar and Swinton do anything but turn this into pure cinema?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Fear
    You applaud Seyfried for doing so much of the heavy lifting, and for once again proving that a close-up of someone looking unnerved is worth a thousand wonky exchanges. Still, not even she can keep the wheels from falling off when the second half tries to trade in gaslighting for ghosts and never finds the tone it needs to make the transition.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    The natural world gives us the resources to live. It also gives us viruses. And while some characters seek to chart aspects of nature and others wish to pay loving tribute (and offer sacrifices) to it, the most resonant notion from Earth‘s characters is that nature is a living, breathing, and undeniably aggressive entity. How Wheatley translates this notion into a bounty of Pagan paranoia is what makes the film undeniably his.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    This is a pulpy B movie that is dying to be a prestige project, and there’s a big part of you that wishes everyone had just leaned into the teensploitation aspects more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    As an at-risk teen drama, the film is passable. As a portrait of a community, it’s eye-opening.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    The sheer hilariousness of a number of individual bits here are enough to get you past slow spots and a few D.O.A. duds, and you come out of Bad Trip with a serious appreciation for this trio’s chops and ability to go with the flow.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    There is so much dead space between the death-defying set pieces that you can feel things grinding to a halt long before the next adrenaline spike hits.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    The creative workaround does drop you into the middle of the shady-as-hell action in a way that, say, recordings playing over a close-up of a grainy photo does not. But it also starts to become more than a little distracting, and you find yourself tuning into the performances instead of the particulars of the case.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 David Fear
    Chaos Walking doesn’t even get to the level of high camp, where pleasure is found in the sheer badness of it all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    And while the action-set pieces and stand-offs and Raya–ders of the Lost Ark sequences are indeed thrilling, it’s the buddy-comedy aspect that actually makes the movie come alive.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    As for viewers, well … whoever won in the endless round-robin of interspecies chicanery, we all lost.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    An intriguing stab at modern Hasidic horror — we smell a burgeoning subgenre — The Vigil will feel like well-trod ground to anyone who’s seen a few supernatural thrillers; only the neighborhood has changed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Kevin Macdonald’s drama is determined to put a name and a face to the legion of largely anonymous casualties of the War on Terror — not the victims of attacks, but the other ones, i.e. mostly Middle Eastern men who, by some circumstantial evidence, slivers of association or maybe just their nationality, became wards of the state held in a perpetual purgatory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s a genuine revelation, and the sort of holy terror that restores your faith in a genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    This is a passable substitute for the real thing. It could have burrowed so much deeper.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s the kind of alchemy achieved when an artist has his or her vision brought to a larger audience by someone who understands exactly what they’re doing. It’s a testament to the power of the material and the determination of its interpreters to not dilute it one ounce.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    Come for the snickering, it seems to say. Stay for the unexpected lump in your throat.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It works far better as a partial document of life under lockdown than as a genre mash-up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    While this mix of thrills, chills and eyeroll-inducing WTFs is an inauspicious way to start a moviegoing year, it’s the type of viewing lark that works best through the haze of a long day’s journey into last night’s hangover. It isn’t bad. It should be better.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    Pieces of a Woman largely belongs to the woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown at its center, however, and it’s Vanessa Kirby who gifts the film with The Performance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    When the spell gets broken, temporarily or otherwise, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the craft and care of this affectionate reclamation and still feel that all the swooning that heaven allows is almost, but not quite, enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    There are many elaborate lessons on life and how to live it in Soul, though its best may ironically be its simplest: Look. Listen. Learn. Enjoy. You may not turn the film off with an answer to what a soul is. But you may find yourself wondering if you’re forgetting to occasionally connect with your own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    The movie comes not to bury this legend but to praise him. Inhuman endurance or not, you worry it may end up having to do the former regardless.

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