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 151 - 200 of 993
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " You can feel Chbosky's blood, sweat and tears oozing out of this highly personal project, but that holy trinity of fluids isn't enough to wash away the sense that you've seen this before-many, many, many times." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 18, 2012
3/5 67% 17 Girls (2012) " Plays like the most lyrical after-school special ever; it gives lip service to the teens' anxieties and euphoria while threading in the occasional swoonworthy image." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 18, 2012
2/5 54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " Even the show's disciples may feel like they've been cheated." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 4, 2012
2/5 73% Toys In The Attic (Na Pude) (2012) " Barta's shorts are available on DVD; you're better off getting a dose of the uncut goods." — Time Out New York
Posted Sep 4, 2012
2/5 66% The Good Doctor (2012) " The Good Doctor is far more content to creep you out than to offer a critique." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 28, 2012
1/5 55% For a Good Time, Call... (2012) " What really hurts is seeing Jamie Travis's name attached ..." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 28, 2012
3/5 76% The Ambassador (2012) " An undercover endeavor that never feels as if much is actually being uncovered." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 28, 2012
4/5 88% Breathing (2012) " Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 28, 2012
2/5 41% Little White Lies (2012) " Canet's melodrama has earned the snarky sobriquet "the Gallic Big Chill" on the festival circuit, but that's giving this mush way too much credit." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2012
4/5 93% Teddy Bear (2012) " It's only a slight exaggeration to say Kold gives what may be the performance of the year -- one that not only offsets the movie's momentary dips into self-conscious quirkiness but adds a genuine sweetness to the proceedings." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 21, 2012
2/5 87% The Matchmaker (2012) " Feels like Nesher is simply mashing several stock elements together and gracelessly parading them around." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 14, 2012
1/5 24% Why Stop Now? (2012) " Nothing-script, performances, comedy, drama-works in the slightest." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/5 55% Beloved (2012) " "Your charm is quickly fading," quips one character to another. You'd think she was speaking to someone behind the camera." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " Essentially a mediocre character study dipped in sci-fi conventions and Social Security-age sentimentality." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 14, 2012
2/5 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " Phrases are misunderstood! Tolerance for Euro-libertine ways are tested! Tame encounters turn into terrifying humiliations, because the French are, like, so crazy!" — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 7, 2012
2/5 74% Hope Springs (2012) " Sugar may help the medicine go down, but serving up the glucose in such goopy portions (especially when the elixir is the intriguing part) doesn't help anyone." — Time Out New York
Posted Aug 7, 2012
3/5 92% Mosquita Y Mari (2012) " The film thankfully resists being either a typical coming-out movie or an ethnocultural curio, but it doesn't offer much insight into the twosome's attraction, platonic or otherwise, to each other." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 31, 2012
2/5 17% The Watch (2012) " The bespectacled Ayoade is the odd man out in the group, and his offbeat, eerily cheery reading of every line lends the movie its single aspect of unpredictability." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 26, 2012
4/5 —— Abendland (2012) " These images of security, technology run amok and multiculturalism bump up against some serious class issues." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 24, 2012
3/5 56% Nuit #1 (2012) " Both de Léan and Storoge give you peeks at the genuine anguish lurking underneath the characters' narcissistic bluffing and porno posturing, even if the script drowns their best moments in verbosity." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 24, 2012
2/5 71% Sacrifice (2012) " Kaige's historical epic favors drama over action (though he doesn't skimp on violence ...), yet everything moves like it's on wuxia autopilot." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 24, 2012
3/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " You get to acknowledge how one-dimensional the male fantasies of hot nerd-messiah chicks are while basking in exactly the same thing." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 17, 2012
3/5 88% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) " My faith that a truly important piece can be gleaned from these tales of costumed champions has been broken." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 16, 2012
3/5 60% It's The Earth Not The Moon (2012) " As a memento mori, It's the Earth feels a little lost in space." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2012
3/5 85% Easy Money (2012) " You can see why Tinseltown took the bait, as the filmmaker is dirty and sleek in all the right places, even when he's being sentimental in all the wrong ones (notably in an extended, far too ambitious climax)." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 10, 2012
5/5 83% Daisies (2012) " From elderly apparatchiks to cinematic continuity, nothing is sacred, as the director punctures the illusion of "civilized" society and viewer's frontal lobes." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 3, 2012
2/5 74% The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (2012) " This orphan entry in the Duplass oeuvre exhibits lots of their trademark amiable amateurism, but no amount of flabby guys flexing to a Chariots of Fire-like score or random camera zooms will keep their sloppy indie from exhausting your patience." — Time Out New York
Posted Jul 3, 2012
3/5 68% Ted (2012) " Ted ends up undermining both halves of its whole, as well as its creator's clear intent to add something a little deeper to his crassness." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 26, 2012
2/5 55% People Like Us (2012) " Alex Kurtzman's debut feature can emotionally manipulate you before the narrative house of cards collapses and things go from sweet-and-sour to full-on NutraSweet." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 26, 2012
3/5 73% Men on the Bridge " As an oblique critique of cultural continental drift, it works better as a cinematic experiment than it does as commentary." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 19, 2012
3/5 98% The Invisible War (2012) " Any attempt to look at deeper-rooted causes behind these assaults is completely AWOL." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 19, 2012
4/5 89% El Velador (2012) " A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 12, 2012
2/5 50% Americano (2012) " The wounded characters eventually slouch toward redemption; the movie they're in, however, isn't nearly as lucky." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 12, 2012
2/5 53% Patang (2012) " This attempt at an Altmanesque ensemble piece feels a little dramatically flat even as it's dazzling your retinas." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/5 86% Tahrir: Liberation Square (2012) " The result may occasionally be more of a journalistic scrapbook than a Wisemanian all-points portrait." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 12, 2012
3/5 38% The Oregonian (2012) " Advocates of bad-trip cinema, you may commence cult-worshipping this warped nightmare now." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 5, 2012
2/5 29% Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2012) " Only the mighty Fonda cuts through the claptrap; the rest is just a long, predictable trip." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 5, 2012
4/5 100% Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble (We Won't Grow Old Together) (1972) " The notion that "love means never having to say you're sorry" sits there bleeding, a stake right through its broken heart." — Time Out New York
Posted Jun 5, 2012
98% Mud (2013) " What sounds like Huckleberry Finn on the page, however, ends up like a stock melodrama onscreen." — Time Out New York
Posted May 26, 2012
93% No (2013) " The standout entry of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar and the closest thing to a masterpiece that I've seen so far here in Cannes." — Time Out New York
Posted May 25, 2012
91% Beyond The Hills (2013) " There are exchanges, ambiguities and a noggin-scratcher of a final shot that I'm still mulling over days later, but the sense that this ground has been trod over many times has shaken my faith a bit." — Time Out New York
Posted May 22, 2012
79% Reality (2013) " What Reality loses in satirical momentum as it slouches through its second half, it gains in substance by positioning celebrity as the new cracked sainthood." — Time Out New York
Posted May 21, 2012
67% Lawless (2012) " Intermittently intriguing, wildly uneven." — Time Out New York
Posted May 20, 2012
93% Amour (2012) " Infused with its namesake, this gentle tragedy is the filmmaker's least complicated work to date, a streamlined tearjerker that respects viewers enough to not jerk the tears out of them." — Time Out New York
Posted May 20, 2012
2/5 25% Mansome (2012) " A frustratingly frothy film that says nothing about its subject." — Time Out New York
Posted May 15, 2012
2/5 78% The Color Wheel (2012) " Some will call The Color Wheel daring. Others will remember that it takes more than desperate shocks to add substance to the sloppy diddlings of a dilettante." — Time Out New York
Posted May 15, 2012
3/5 59% American Animal (2012) " It's hard to tell where D'Elia's own psychotic cinephilia ends and the character's begins." — Time Out New York
Posted May 15, 2012
2/5 71% Never Stand Still (2012) " Too often, Honsa will simply let his talking heads ramble on without focus or foundation..." — Time Out New York
Posted May 15, 2012
4/5 96% Sleepless Night (2012) " An American remake is already being prepped. We suggest Hollywood simply cries uncle now and calls it a day." — Time Out New York
Posted May 8, 2012
3/5 82% Bonsái (2012) " It tries to examine the contradictions of recasting a flawed reality through fiction-a significant notion that the film's precious structure and borderline indie-quirkfest vibe often dilute to their own detriment." — Time Out New York
Posted May 8, 2012
4/5 86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) " Anyone still doubting that the Claymation studio behind Wallace and Gromit deserves a seat at the grown-ups' table only needs to see its pitch-perfect collaboration with author-screenwriter Gideon Defoe..." — Time Out New York
Posted Apr 24, 2012
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