David Fear

David Fear

Agrees with the Tomatometer 67% of the time.

Biography:
Film Critic, San Francisco Bay Guardian and CultureVulture.net
Publications:
culturevulture.net , Film Comment Magazine , Time Out , Time Out New York , Time Out Sydney
Critics' Group:
San Francisco Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
993
Total QuickRatings:
1

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Norte, the End of History (2014) " You'd have to go back to Edward Yang's Yi-Yi to find a movie that approaches marathon-length running times yet still makes you wish it were twice as long." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 18, 2014
80% Whitewash (2014) " An airtight demonstration of the maxim that no good deed ever goes unpunished." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 2, 2014
75% God Help the Girl " Stuart Murdoch's story of three Scottish misfits who start a band is rife with the kind of giddy thrills and hormonal flushes you associate with being a teen." — Esquire Magazine
Posted Feb 5, 2014
91% Omar (2014) " Bakri has charisma to burn, but the complexity of Abu-Assad's previous movies is traded in for weak genre thrills." — Time Out New York
Posted Jan 16, 2014
—— Shonen (Boy) (1969) " This is what contemporary Japan looks like, it says: Not pillow shots and sword fights, just a country populated largely by predators and prey." — Village Voice
Posted Jan 14, 2014
4/5 94% Her (2013) " It's melancholy, moving and unmissable." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 11, 2013
3/5 81% Lenny Cooke (2013) " Though the brothers have created the polar opposite of a formulaic ESPN 30-for-30 episode, they don't chart Cooke's rise-and-fall arc in a way that lets you into his story." — Time Out New York
Posted Dec 4, 2013
4/5 88% Mauvais Sang (2013) " Carax does not want to tell you a story. He wants to express, in the purest way he can, his infatuation with storytelling through images and genre conventions, performance and voyeurism, cinema and cinephilia." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 100% Cousin Jules (2013) " For 91 minutes, the pleasure of the Guiteauxes' company is ours. We are ultimately the richer for it." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 26, 2013
2/5 9% Caught in the Web (2013) " The director goes after both old-media exploitation and new-media omnipresence, and the result is less than cutting." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 26, 2013
4/5 86% Narco Cultura (2013) " Ping-ponging between grisly South of the Border carnage and Angeleno musician Edgar Quintero's growing success as one of the subgenre's stars, you start to see how this parasitic relationship works." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 19, 2013
3/5 71% Everyday (2013) " Even with the actors' laudable work-especially Simm, who finally shakes off the notion that he's a poor man's Simon Pegg-there's not enough going on past the temporal trick to make the humanistic elements pop." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 19, 2013
2/5 67% Sunlight Jr. (2013) " The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's "Butterfly." Ever." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 12, 2013
3/5 71% Go For Sisters (2013) " Despite the class-conscious genre pleasures, independent cinema's foremost Zinn master feels slightly off his game." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 5, 2013
2/5 65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " This is a superhero movie that feels like it might have been made by anyone and no one at the same time, simply space-filler before the next big team-up movie." — Time Out New York
Posted Nov 5, 2013
3/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Both Baetens and Heldenbergh do their best to sell the story's ups and downs even when the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you're still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 29, 2013
2/5 55% Capital (2013) " Capital ends up being neither a high-stakes thriller nor a cutting commentary on real-world bad behavior. It's just CEO exotica, all dressed up with nowhere to go." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 22, 2013
4/5 100% The Square (2013) " The Square offers more than just pictures of a revolution; it lets you into the mind-set of those fighting for their future, and that makes all the difference." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 22, 2013
3/5 70% American Promise (2013) " While Stephenson and Brewster's big-picture attempt to tackle a sociopolitical issue from the most personal of perspectives lacks the state-of-the-nation impact of [Hoop Dreams], it doesn't mean you won't feel the pleasure of these kids' triumphs." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 15, 2013
2/5 41% As I Lay Dying (2013) " The past may never be done with us, but Lord, do we wish Franco was done with our literary heritage." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 8, 2013
4/5 61% The Summit (2013) " As you watch these actors, you appreciate the endeavor the climbers went through all the more-and as triumph turns to tragedy, you feel the grief winding its way through your shaken nervous systems." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 1, 2013
4/5 98% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " A first-rate piece of forensic filmmaking." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 1, 2013
2/5 45% All Is Bright (2013) " The cinematic equivalent of a half-baked fruitcake." — Time Out New York
Posted Oct 1, 2013
5/5 100% The Wicker Man - Final Cut (2013) " It remains a how-to model for making something that fancies itself a slow-burn thriller-until it isn't slow-burning whatsoever." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 24, 2013
4/5 86% Shepard & Dark (2013) " An ode to a long-lost era of bohemia, an insightful look into male psychology and pathology, a valentine to the art of letter writing and an illustration of how the past is never dead, because it's not even past." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 24, 2013
2/5 48% Zaytoun (2013) " Zaytoun wants to milk a historical moment as a plea for tolerance; its only accomplishment is to channel the forgettable foreign-film exotica of decades past." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 17, 2013
3/5 67% 99%: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film (2013) " It's remarkably fragmented, tangential and all over the place, which may make it the ideal vehicle for portraying the OWS experience." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 35% Salinger (2013) " You wonder why Salerno thought the man who created Holden Caulfield would be best served by an abundance of sentimentalism, a stock sap-tastic score and some genuinely cheesy dramatizations on a black stage (the director is no Hollywood phony, but still)." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 3, 2013
3/5 43% Abigail Harm (2013) " The gorgeous cinematography and generosity to Plummer's emotive gifts almost make up for the mumbo-jumboness of it all. Almost." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 27, 2013
3/5 83% Drinking Buddies (2013) " The stars sell the cutesiness, and the rawness-equals-real go-nowhereness that seemingly infects every conversation in a microbudget indie, with equal professionalism and vigor; if they can't stick the landing in the end, it's because no one could." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2013
3/5 71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " It's hard to say if Faith works better as part of a whole instead of a triptych's single panel until the trilogy is complete, but the unconverted may find this too much of a cross to bear." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2013
4/5 99% Short Term 12 (2013) " You'd have to go back to Half Nelson to find such a beautifully organic combo of spot-on performances, tough-love storytelling and tender treatment of deep-rooted emotional damage." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 20, 2013
2/5 27% Jobs (2013) " We walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick. He deserves a 360-degree portrait. What you get is a mini recap of a pioneer's life-a biOpic shuffle." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 15, 2013
3/5 86% The Patience Stone (2013) " Farhani ... almost single-handedly carries the film; the range the Iranian actor displays here proves that she's destined for bigger things. Fans will just have to be patient." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 69% The Happy Sad (2013) " Reducing complex relationship issues to a typical indie-flick blatherathon-complete with performances of varying quality and stilted dialogue-isn't helping anyone." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 13, 2013
2/5 47% We're The Millers (2013) " Do you find insults revolving around the words Marky Mark, churros and/or #YOLO hilarious? How about the notion of a dorky white kid flawlessly rapping TLC's "Waterfalls"?" — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 6, 2013
1/5 55% I Give It a Year (2013) " Nothing works: not the haphazard stabs at conjuring a sweet-and-sour comic tone, not the reliance on people saying horribly inappropriate things in lieu of actual jokes, and not the one-note characters ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/5 49% Blood (2013) " That he [Nick Murphy] can't sustain the level of dramatic tension that Bill Gallagher's script requires (the movie is adapted from the BBC veteran's TV series Conviction) is a bummer, though you still get to bask in wonderful performances." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/5 68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium may point with a singularly pulpy brio toward where we could be headed. But in terms of how its fictional heroes try to transcend such brave new worlds, it's not showing us a future we haven't seen a million times before." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 6, 2013
5/5 93% Our Children (2013) " It's a near-perfect portrait of a domestic tragedy as a master-and-servant psychodrama, one that leaves catastrophic collateral damage in its wake." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 30, 2013
5/5 88% The Servant (1964) " A perfect storm of perversity, pre-Persona identity transference, prole pole-positioning and mutually assured psychological destruction, Joseph Losey's masterpiece immediately transformed the director from has-been Hollywood exile to European auteur." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 14% The Time Being (2013) " [Viewers] won't find much here besides Langella's typically austere performance, some lazy character sketches (what's up with the one-note shrewish wife?) and the sensation one gets after having watched paint dry, painfully slowly, on a canvas." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 23, 2013
3/5 68% Terraferma (2013) " Except for two contrasting (pot)shots-a dance-party ship bursting with vulgarians (take that, Berlusconi's Italy!) and night-swimming immigrants being beaten off a boat's prow-Terraferma's second half feels like a slow hike over too-familiar ground." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 63% The Rise (Wasteland) (2013) " Seems aimed specifically at folks who still subscribe to lad mags." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 23, 2013
2/5 67% Turbo (2013) " All Turbo does is give Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Dogg the easiest paychecks they'll ever make, and its corporate overlords the chance to sell a few toys." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 67% Les Coquillettes " Grafts its heroines' uncouth behavior onto a weak satire of hedonism and high-school cliquery on the festival circuit yet, crucially, forgets the honesty." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2013
3/5 62% Israel: A Home Movie (2013) " Filling in the gaps about the who, what and where, much less the why, of it all isn't on the menu." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2013
3/5 91% Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2013) " Whether this love letter is more preaching to the converted than a corrective is arguable." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 2, 2013
2/5 7% Just Like A Woman (2013) " Movies genuinely attuned to the nuances of female bonding are regrettably rare; so, it seems, are ones that know how to make good on their promise without breaking just like a little girl." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 2, 2013
4/5 94% Museum Hours (2013) " The real strength of Cohen's occasionally didactic drama ... is in the way the film redirects your focus to the periphery and reminds you of the richness that resides there." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 25, 2013
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