Fear (1996)

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Movie Info

Mark Wahlberg stars in one of his first features as a hoodlum drug dealer from the wrong side of the trackswho falls in love with Nicole Walker, an upper-middle-class high school girl (Reese Witherspoon). In this psycho-drama (with the emphasis on psycho), Nicole happily loses her virginity to her first love, but, when she begins to doubt the relationship, his tenderness turns to violence, as he stalks and terrorizes her and her friends and family. The girl's father never trusted him in the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Crowe, James Foley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 27, 1998
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as David McCall

as Nicole Walker

as Laura Walker

as Steve Walker

as Margo Masse

as Gary Rohmer

as Hacker

as Knobby

as Eddie Clark

as Larry O'Brien

as Counterman

as Alex McDowell

as Julie Masse

as Kid at Door
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Critic Reviews for Fear

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (10)

For a while, the cast is appealing enough, and the design is House Beautiful enough, to camouflage the Fatal flaws that turn the second half into an overblown, predictable snicker-fest.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

One of the all-time goofiest movies, avoiding a tough inspection of troubling emotional speeds and stunted communication to sneeze out a confused, half-realized story of obsession.

Full Review… | February 18, 2013
Blu-ray.com

A throwback to the psycho-sexual thrillers of the 1980s, Fear is sort of a male version of Fatal Attraction

Full Review… | July 18, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Violent creepy-boyfriend thriller without helpful takeaways.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
Common Sense Media

Though cheesy and illogical, this thriller has charming performances, and an exciting climax.

July 16, 2007
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Fear

Good thriller, and the movie that introduced me to Reese Witherspoon. Still enjoy it many years later. How did I only just notice David has a Chucky doll in his room!

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

The decent right-side-of-the-tracks family unit is threatened by local not-so-right-side thug types in this thriller that borrows extensively from Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971). Wahlberg and Peterson do well as the tension mounts for the big winner-takes-all showdown but the final payoff's a trifle abrupt.

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Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

The first hour is nothing to get worked up about, which is why I can't give this a particularly high rating. But do not despair - the ending is sure worth the wait!

Reese Witherspoon's character Nicole can sometimes be downright painfully gullible and na´ve when it comes to all the crap David is shoving down her throat, but hey, let's be honest here: some teen girls really are.

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vieras esine

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