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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 993
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
1/5 49% Redemption (2013) " There's a need for redemption here, to be certain, and it has nothing to do with the narrative." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 25, 2013
2/5 54% Some Girl(s) (2013) " If you've seen any of the playwright's previous forays into XY-ugliness, you can probably skip this one and still sleep soundly at night." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 25, 2013
3/5 87% The Attack (2013) " The Attack turns into a listless verbal assault, batting easy back-and-forth arguments on fundamentalist dogma, bomber hero worship, the Occupation blues, etc., that simply rehash the usual talking points." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 18, 2013
3/5 67% World War Z (2013) " The movie essentially becomes little more than cool set pieces ... jammed together and interspersed with underdeveloped family-strife scenes." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 18, 2013
2/5 83% Aliyah (2013) " A character piece should have some sense of a character's who, what and why, right?" — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 11, 2013
4/5 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " [Neville] nails the sense of joie de vivre these extraordinary artists put into every note-a tribute to doing it for the love of the expression over stardom that provides incalculable amounts of inspiration." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 11, 2013
3/5 67% The Prey (2013) " The closer we get to a climax (and the more that absurd reversals keep getting piled on), the less effective Dupontel's brutish charisma is in keeping things interesting and afloat." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 4, 2013
3/5 49% Doomsday (2008) Time Out
Posted May 30, 2013
2/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " There's slow-burning, and then there's simply slow; the difference between the two has never been so apparent." — Time Out New York
Posted May 28, 2013
3/5 70% Student (2013) " A sense of existential dread that would make the Russkie novelist beam is channeled beautifully, but for a filmmaker lauded for his minimalist aesthetic, Omirbayev sure loves broad-stroke symbolism and sloganeering." — Time Out New York
Posted May 28, 2013
1/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " Humor feels like an afterthought: Galifianakis's clueless manchild act, always a winner, feels pitifully DOA, while Cooper and Helms, having realized they could play their respective douche-dude and nebbish roles in their sleep, proceed to do just that." — Time Out New York
Posted May 22, 2013
4/5 96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " A layered look at a man who was a jack of all trades, but a master of one: being George." — Time Out New York
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 93% We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013) " You'll leave knowing slightly more about the who, what and why of WikiLeaks; you'll also wish the whole shebang didn't fell like such a tone-deaf data dump overall." — Time Out New York
Posted May 21, 2013
1/5 19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " 'Part III' has curiously little interest in being even remotely funny." — Time Out
Posted May 21, 2013
3/5 81% Becoming Traviata (2013) " Those unfamiliar with Verdi's tragedy won't understand why this production was significant, nor see much of the fruits of such hard work ..." — Time Out New York
Posted May 14, 2013
4/5 100% Khyi rgan (Old Dog) (2013) " It's both a sly piece of ethnography and a social satire that reads like a cosmic joke...right up until its climax makes the chuckle catch in your throat." — Time Out New York
Posted May 14, 2013
3/5 77% Venus And Serena (2013) " Once Venus and Serena flips through the duo's collection of greatest hits and hissy fits, it settles into a groove of lip service from famous people ..." — Time Out New York
Posted May 7, 2013
3/5 —— Fragments of Kubelka (2013) " A whirling tour of one man's wide-ranging thoughts that requires stamina but leaves you rewarded." — Time Out New York
Posted May 2, 2013
2/5 70% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) " Little of the chops and charisma Buckley fils had in spades is channeled; this is still the usual Let Us Now Praise Famous Men karaoke session, wrapped up in some extra-discordantly warbled notes." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 30, 2013
3/5 71% Dead Man's Burden (2013) " You never get over the feeling that you're watching modern actors play frontier-drama dress-up. It's a deathblow." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 30, 2013
4/5 73% Paradise: Love (2013) " It's a tribute to Tiesel's ray of humanity that this chapter underlines its subtitle while still getting its unflinching message across." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/5 94% Sun Don't Shine (2013) " Seimetz hasn't quite figured out how to sustain long-form tension; by the time this modest microindie noir starts laying its cards on the table, your attention will have already folded." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 23, 2013
3/5 78% An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013) " Such a nonstop go-for-broke sensibility can be too much of a good thing, of course, and there are moments when the filmmaker's mix-and-match methodology feels tuned to the key of migraine." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 23, 2013
2/5 80% Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man (2013) " The result is alternately elegiac and akin to watching a photograph fade in real time." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 23, 2013
4/5 100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " Serves as a sideways time capsule, creating a blurry snapshot of an Afro-camp subculture during the era of Christopher Street bar raids and burn-baby-burn rioting." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 16, 2013
4/5 93% Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2013) " An unsentimental, salt-of-the-earth tribute that keeps the beat in a way that would make this extraordinary journeyman beam." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 16, 2013
2/5 68% Disconnect (2013) " All the hand-wringing tech paranoia is merely an excuse for a microversion of Babel-like melodrama, one in which the loosely interwoven stories, regrettably, never add up to the sum of their parts." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 9, 2013
3/5 81% This Ain't California (2013) " It ain't bad, though all that detritus detracts from a far more interesting history lesson on repression and rebellion that's left on the periphery." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 9, 2013
3/5 55% The Company You Keep (2013) " [It] might have been more effective if not filtered through so much graybeard griping." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 3, 2013
2/5 56% Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013) " Allegedly a horror-comedy, it's neither comic nor, despite several scenes of a bloodied Smith in his tighty-whities, particularly horrifying ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 3, 2013
2/5 79% No Place On Earth (2013) " This story is both uplifting and awe-inspiring. It deserves to be told better." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 3, 2013
1/5 50% Bert Stern: Original Madman (2013) " The film does offer some revealing anecdotes about his infamous Monroe sessions, but mostly, it simply slouches from one sensationalistic, salacious bit to the next, sans any historical context." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 3, 2013
2/5 65% Dog Pound (2013) " Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 26, 2013
3/5 82% Eden (2013) " Once bodies start piling up to a generic indie-twang score and plot turns head south of ludicrous, Eden's goodwill dissipates." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/5 89% My Brother The Devil (2013) " Even those who aren't well-versed in the-'hood-always-wins dramas can see what's coming." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 19, 2013
4/5 92% Gimme The Loot (2013) " It's a triumph of the underdog in more ways than one. And that final shot would make Ozu beam." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 19, 2013
3/5 64% New World (2013) " Like many of his SK-action peers, director Park Hoon-jung has a knack for staging violent set pieces but comes up lacking in terms of character development, narrative clarity, etc." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 19, 2013
2/5 30% Reincarnated (2013) " The whole thing ends up feeling like a superficial cross between a starstruck version of Vice's gonzo travelogues and a highly (ahem) stage-managed portrait of an artist in transition." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2013
1/5 36% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) " Wonderstone's climax revolves around an improbable comeback trick that involves making an entire audience disappear. The movie itself should have no problem accomplishing that feat long before the end credits." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2013
3/5 56% Vanishing Waves (2013) " It's derivative to a fault-but a deserved midnight-movie cult following is all but assured." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 12, 2013
2/5 94% Knuckleball! (2012) " Nonfans, however, are about to find out exactly what the phrase inside baseball means." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 11, 2013
2/5 68% The We and the I (2013) " Given the choice between handcrafted whimsy and heavy-handedness, we'll take the former, thanks." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 5, 2013
4/5 88% The Silence (2013) " The Silence speaks volumes." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 5, 2013
2/5 53% The Girl (2013) " In all aspects, The Girl can't help it-this is headline-torn cinema du tearjerking at its most generic." — Time Out New York
Posted Mar 5, 2013
3/5 83% The Unspeakable Act (2013) " You couldn't accuse the cast members of being good actors (several struggle to be merely amateurish)." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 26, 2013
2/5 46% The Sweeney (2013) " Regardless of whether you're a longtime devotee or not, you'll be left saying, "This is The Sweeney? I've been rooked."" — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 26, 2013
3/5 83% 11 Flowers (2013) " Mildly resonant, if not revelatory." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 20, 2013
2/5 33% The Berlin File (2013) " Everything here, except the action scenes, [feels] sluggish and rote." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 12, 2013
4/5 93% Night Across the Street (2013) " The way Ruiz uses such giddy flourishes in the name of looking back on one's life is both thrillingly irreverent and surprisingly moving." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 5, 2013
2/5 19% Identity Thief (2013) " It fails as a star vehicle, a recession-era satire, a WTF white-collar-grunt revenge tale, a Midnight Run-style buddy flick, a gross-out laughfest and a bathetic tale of broken souls." — Time Out New York
Posted Feb 5, 2013
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