David Fear

David Fear
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 40% The Upside (2019) For the most part, [Hart] is more subdued than usual and aiming to hit deeper notes - call it Hart-felt.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 36% Glass (2019) What we have here, essentially, is not the final grand statement to an overarching narrative but merely a Glass that's half empty, half full (of itself).‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
.5/5 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) It's so painfully unfunny we're not sure it can legally be called a comedy.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) What Tan has given us is an incredible, sui generis tribute to the international lingua franca of D.I.Y. cinempowerment.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
1/5 59% The House That Jack Built (2018) There are two sadists here. One of them happens to be onscreen.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
2.5/5 26% Mortal Engines (2018) They want to give you a steampunk-on-steroids Metropocalypse Now! And they're willing to use the spare parts of dozens of other movies to make it happen.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/5 92% Bumblebee (2018) Imagine if John Hughes made a Transformers movie. Or: Think E.T., but with auto parts.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) She's a legend, sure. But now she's not Henry's daughter, or Roger/Tom/Ted's wife, or Bree Daniels. She's just Jane, the doc suggests, plain old Jane. It only took decades to get there.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher isn't interested in resurrecting the ghosts of movies past so much as channeling the Brothers Grimm. She does not want to just show you pretty pictures, but a genuine vision.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Will he break the Internet or will it break him? It's painfully recognizable, this neediness, as is the rise and fall. Ralph, c'est moi.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 83% Creed II (2018) Creed II does not give us anything but another, slightly superior Rocky sequel. It wins on points. Just don't expect a knockout.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 63% Outlaw King (2018) Mackenzie knows that a personal connection - not just love of country, but love itself - can ground a sweeping story even when it stumbles.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) Are you in the mood for a blockbuster that you wished Paul Verhoeven had made in the '90s, injected with the blood of '70s exploitation B movies?‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 89% A Private War (2018) As played by Rosamund Pike, Colvin is steely, stubborn, an old-school Fourth-Estater and saltier than the Sargasso Sea.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) What you're left with is one filmmaker's love affair with another's work, a prism for other beams of light to shine through.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 37% Viper Club (2018) There's just enough to make the film a cut above your average headline-driven drama and not quite enough to shoot it into the stratosphere.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 88% Bodied (2018) We tip our caps to Kahn & Co.'s underdog story. But satire-wise, there's some killer bars left on the killing floor here.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
.5/5 0% London Fields (2018) Nothing works - certainly not forcing Amber Heard to become a vamping pin-up, ogled by the camera like it was a horny college freshman.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) It's a clever enough variation on a genre, done with a genuine sense of verve - the sort of rough gem you don't want to keep on hold.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet It's a near definitive portrait of the granddaddy of 20th-century political scandals, in all its nitty, gritty, dirty-tricks-and-Tricky-Dicks glory.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4.5/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) I have seen humanistic American filmmaking's future, and its name is Jim Cummings.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 61% The Oath (2018) The movie's dystopia-meets-family-dinner mix feels like it's building to something bigger than the sum of its rants ... and then it doesn't.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Thunder Road (2016) It is funny. It's also a raw nerve of a movie, uncomfortable and tender and beautifully empathetic to its a-hole protagonist.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 94% Private Life (2018) Perhaps most importantly, it's a reminder that Tamara Jenkins is a vital voice in a landscape that's become increasingly, painfully unfriendly to what she does best.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 70% Hold the Dark (2018) Suddenly, what seemed like a man-vs-nature survivalist tale morphs into something that's part Arctic Noir and part violent art-horror.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) Even with what feels like an all-access pass, Love, Gilda feels as if it's barely caressed the surface, much less scratched it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
2.5/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) It's an angry movie for angry times, which doesn't necessarily make it a clever or coherent commentary on how American hypocrisy leads to American carnage.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
3/5 60% White Boy Rick (2018) It doesn't turn into another Goodfellas story of crime and irony, [but] isn't saying much about the Reagan-era War on Drugs that you haven't heard before.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/5 92% Mandy (2018) Mandy may feel like a cult movie that assumes it already has a prefab cult...as a star vehicle, however, this film is fully scraping at the door.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) At its best, it's something to watch if nothing's on The History Channel; at its worst, [it's] a borderline banal representation of the banality of evil.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4.5/5 94% Support the Girls (2018) You could not ask for a better image of our country right now. You could not ask for a better American film to showcase it.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 23% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 can give you chase scenes and bullet-ridden shoot-outs and evil Russians and lengthy diatribes. What it can't give you is a watchable action movie.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 79% Alpha (2018) It's the coming-of-Ice-Age parable you didn't know you really needed.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Sauvaire isn't interested in this regional version of the sweet science ... [he] simply needs it to immerse viewers deeper into a world of violence and pain.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 45% The Meg (2018) The Meg ends up being just a high-budget, low-value attempt to sell you a typical tale of a tortured man tracking a monster, composed of spare parts lifted from other films you love.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's a superior model of library-card nostalgia.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 91% Nico, 1988 (2018) Instead, she concentrates on how this woman's self-destructive charisma kept people around her and chaos around every corner - this is Nico as a black-hole sun.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/5 30% Shock and Awe (2018) At its best, Shock and Awe still feels like it strains to be Spotlight-lite and comes up lacking. The title is a misnomer.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2.5/5 46% Skyscraper (2018) This is the sort of thing that requires classic Rock, not an experimental but-what-if-I-maybe-acted-like-this-was-Sophie's-Choice? Rock.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) A movie about Graves' life and work that's similar to his percussive style: unpredictable, out-of-sync yet somehow rhythmically right on, jagged and likely to zig when you think it's going to zag.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
3/5 54% The First Purge (2018) Who needs a coherent text when you've got all this American carnage to watch?‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
3.5/4 96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) It's a compelling, twist-filled tale, one told with a highly developed sense of empathy, a few aesthetic missteps... and a knack for turning into the triplets' experience into something bigger than just stranger-than-fiction tabloid fodder.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 51% Boundaries (2018) There's an unpredictability in Plummer's performance that keeps this dramedy on its toes even as its inevitably gets more and more predictable.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
2/4 33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) Boring is the last word you should use for a sports-hero-turned-spy story like this; it's the only one that comes to mind after you've seen the film. ‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
2.5/4 56% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) "Given the vintage alt-culture vibe, you'd swear this blast of Hot Topic Cinema had been spat out of a time machine."‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
3.5/4 87% Upgrade (2018) Resistance is futile. High-grade grindhouse glee is your reward.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2018
3/4 70% Adrift (2018) What keeps Adrift from feeling like just a travelogue tacked on to a tragi-sploitive star vehicle is, ironically enough, its star.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2.5/4 47% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018) You feel like you were stuck in a spirit-of-'77 cosplay convention at best and a needy cult movie desperately seeking a cult at worst.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
3/4 92% Revenge (2018) Revenge is a bloody middle finger ... a kick in the balls with a feminine combat boot. You've been warned, gents.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
3.5/4 96% Filmworker (2018) Filmworker is a portrait of an unsung hero, a revealing look at how Kubrick's films were made and a psychological sketch of a would-be Da Vinci determined to keep dusting and polishing someone else's Sistine Chapel.‐ Rolling Stone
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018