For 834 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Fear's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 58
Highest review score: 100 Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion [re-release]
Lowest review score: 10 The Last Days of American Crime
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 834
834 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Fear
    The movie would hit every bullseye it needed to even without her near-surgical deconstruction of the narcissistic monsters who scream “action” and “cut.” With Cruz’s take on artistic “genius,” however, this satire officially becomes a work of actual genius.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    It’s a surprisingly good sports movie that wants little more than to be a surprisingly good sports movie, one that knows it’s working with creaky triumph-of-the-underdog clichés but is willing to do a full-court press to sell them.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It is, in essence, a light, breezy, better-than-average Disney movie that just happens to feature a most-valuable Pixar player, while barely feeling like a Pixar movie at all.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 David Fear
    This is a movie that keeps going out of its way to be any kind of blockbuster except an actual Jurassic World movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    It’s a valentine to a communal gay experience, penned in a way that’s uniquely both insular and inviting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    This is what the work of a visionary filmmaker looks like. Forget the new flesh. Long live the old Cronenberg.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    The interactions between the people may seem small in comparison to the wide-open landscapes and rolling hills. In the hands of everyone involved with this moving drama, however, they echo long and loudly nonetheless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    It’s these life-or-death stakes that Happening puts front and center, as it forces viewers to not just confront the stigma associated with abortion — a word, by the way, that’s never uttered in the film — but to immerse themselves in the same dread and paranoia that Anne feels.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 David Fear
    What Raimi has done with his contribution, however, is construct not another roller coaster but one hell of a haunted house, one fueled by an abundance of eccentric creativity, imagination, and finely honed chops. The methods he employs to his Madness are what makes this movie stick out, in this or any other universe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Fear
    Once you’ve seen this deft blend of genres and tones, all of the inspired laughter and the lumping of throats, you see exactly how Hit the Road fits all of its elements together with remarkable seamlessness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    You wish the movie wasn’t content to be a feature-length meme and truly deserved what Cage is doing with this long, hard look in the fun-house mirror. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is not unbearable by any means. It just should have been so much better.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 David Fear
    Sciamma is weaving a spell here, so pure in its emotional resonance that it breaks your heart even as it heals wounds.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 David Fear
    Whatever cause you pick, the idea of representing or recreating sex as a narrative device now feels like a relic of the distant past. No one seems to have informed French director Jacques Audiard of this demise, however, and there are moments when you watch Paris, 13th District and wonder if he’s singlehandedly trying to resuscitate the concept of old-fashioned screen shtupping.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    A moviegoer has to be a scholar in the now-convoluted cosmology that powers these Potterverse expansion-pack prequels or abandon all hope of understanding a fraction of what’s happening — and even a lot of die-hard Harryheads may find their hippocampus getting seriously taxed while trying to catch up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 David Fear
    While we do not condone the excessive consumption of alcohol, or sneaking spirits and other such beverages into a theater, or any display of public intoxication, we also do not think you should endure Ambulance while being sober.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    If it’s not the worst of these films, it’s certainly the most anemic — and even die-hard fans are apt to feel completely drained by all of it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Apollo 10 1/2 starts off as a fantasy, a family comedy and a loosey-goosey flashback. It exits as a tribute to imagination, which — like so many of Linklater’s best movies — uses something personal as a jumping-off point for something poignant, funny, expansive, and ultimately moving.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    As is, The Lost City is less of a lost opportunity than something happy to stick to its middle lane and bide its time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
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    Come to West’s celebration of the movies’ darker underbelly for the adrenaline rush of sex and violence. Exit it having witnessed something that marks the spot where baser impulses meets artistry, in more ways than one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    The Outfit is a crime thriller made to order, and one that takes pride in how it looks, how things fit on it, the shape it cuts when it moves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    The movie starts out desperately wanting to be E.T. It ends by pretending it’s the second coming of Field of Dreams.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    As you find yourself instinctively reviewing those own seemingly insignificant moments in your own life, the ones that you hold so dear, while following this cyber-compassionate movie to its conclusion, it’s almost impossible not to be moved by the long game that the film’s creator is playing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    At its best, The Batman is a helluva tough-guy yarn — an entertaining pulp-fiction epic under the guise of sure-thing blockbuster. At its worst, it’s the cinematic equivalent of a mixtape.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 10 David Fear
    For some reason — maybe it’s because the seminal, ’74 original holds such a special place in so many die-hards’ hearts (this one included), and still feels like such a potent example of channeling primal fear — this latest ransacking of a landmark title feels less like just another killer-versus-final-girl rerun and more like the final straw.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    Part intellectual-property barrel-scraping, part pumped-up star vehicle and part fumbling bid for Sony to cross media-revenue streams, Uncharted isn’t the worst attempt to bring a beloved video game to the screen — just the latest bit of evidence that these things are really a zero-sum game.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Fear
    Death on the Nile has its joys and flaws apart from that Armie factor, but it’s almost like trying to assess whether the appetizer course could have been slightly undercooked while an elephant stampedes over the whole dinner table.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 David Fear
    Recommending that someone actually subject themselves to Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi neo-disaster flick, however, is a little like shoving three-month old milk under an unsuspecting person’s nose and inquiring, Does this smell ok? You already know the answer; you just need to share the pain.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Fear
    Forget the title: Jackass can’t go on forever. Just enjoy one last chance to see these beautiful f*ck-ups do what they do best before they limp and hobble off into the sunset.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    For a long stretch, Italian Studies turns this trip down memory-loss lane into a low-wattage livewire, an unpredictable stroll into the unknown. Its hero will slowly, eventually come back around to remembering her life before the reset. The movie itself, however, is unforgettable from the jump.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 David Fear
    Yet you have to applaud how boldly this fifth entry tries to flip the bird to the entire rinse-repeat-regurgitate idea of trapping film series in amber, while also delivering you the thrill of the familiar and those dopamine bumps that come with the pang of recognition.

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