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A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 18

Aside from a few chuckles and Simon Pegg's reliably affable screen presence, A Fantastic Fear of Everything has embarrassingly little to offer.

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

Aside from a few chuckles and Simon Pegg's reliably affable screen presence, A Fantastic Fear of Everything has embarrassingly little to offer.

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Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent, and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in Jack's script, what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown' as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among

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For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting.

February 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The effect eventually becomes that of about a dozen story pitches all strung together. Any one of them might have the potential for greatness in isolation. Try to mash them up into one movie, though, and much like Jack, they fall to pieces.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is more amusing than uproarious, and often not even that; it plays like a couple of over-extended sketches featuring the same thinly drawn character.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Exasperation eventually morphs into unrelenting pain, and there's not a single, solitary laugh to be had.

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The noteworthy presence of Simon Pegg can't rescue this bizarre and ultimately aimless mix of comedy and horror that's neither funny nor frightening.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

[A Fantastic Fear of Everything] leaps all over the place narratively and conceptually, servicing the comedy of every individual scene without considering or linking the others.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

With such a promising theme and a funny lead actor like Simon Pegg, this movie should be a big hit. So what went wrong? I think the film just got out of control.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A singularly bizarre new horror comedy, both exhilarating and frustrating: it allows for Pegg to stretch as an actor...leaving a great performance at the heart of a movie most won't particularly care for.

February 8, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Simon Pegg is a very talented comic actor, but you would never guess that in this claustrophobic, strained stream-of-consciousness, sinking cinematic showboat.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

Strands of Simon Pegg's amiable persona are found in the film's more tolerable bits, but even this seasoned vet's unique voice is lost amid the glut of references to other work.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's polarizing work that carries immense creativity and sharp sense of humor, burrowing into the spinning mind of a destructively phobic man during an intense period of suspicion.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Smart nods to Psycho, Kubrick and German expressionism suggest Mills has done his homework, which is perhaps to be expected from his lineage.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

There is a watchable film hiding within this largely depressing, annoyingly repetitive audiovisual dirge.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

An embarrassing vehicle for its lead and the worst ad for Y-fronts in years.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Something of a curate's egg, the film seems to be a little bit of everything and not enough of anything...

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

There is a complete failure of tone in this film, from begining to end.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There's no shame for Pegg who throws himself into it with manic commitment.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

At one point, the film-makers attempt to up the horror with a blatant rip-off of the Psycho shower scene. It serves only to emphasise Hitchcock's mastery.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

So spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Simon Pegg is an incredibly likeable actor who seems determined to appear in as many unlikeable films as possible, but even taking into account recent debacles such as Burke and Hare, this represents an alarming new low.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back.

Not bad of a movie! A Fantastic Fear of Everything is probably not what you're expecting from Simon Pegg. It's not horrifically funny like Shaun of the Dead, as outright entertaining as Hot Fuzz and, mercifully, it's not as tepid as Run Fat boy Run or as stagnant as Paul or Burke and Hare. Actually, it's not very funny at all to start with. Well, it's a journey and if you decide to embark upon it you'll need to see it through to the end to decide if it was worthwhile. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is far from being a perfect movie but it's a solid, enthralling film that hints at the possibility of Crispian Mills becoming a very fine filmmaker indeed and a hero of the off-kilter cinephiles who are tired of Tim Burton's ever-downward spiral and in need of someone new to rely on for their fix of surrealism.

Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.
June 27, 2014
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Manu Gino

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Simon Pegg stars as a neurotic writer who's afraid of everything, but particularly of laundrettes; when he has an important meeting he decides to face his fear and wash his socks. If this sounds like tough material to make a comedy out of, you'd be right, although the offbeat script does the best it can and ends up scoring a few laughs.
June 5, 2014
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September 25, 2013
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Directors Cat

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I went to college with Crispian Mills and I didn't like him. I didn't like his bloody Kula Shaker either but it does seem like he's finally found his calling. With a little help that is. There is quality within the film, the idea was sound and the production looks beautiful - every composition is fantastic and the classic film references suggest that everyone involved knew their stuff. It's just so badly written. Apparently it was meant to be a short film and they decided to extend it. It really shows unfortunately and takes a lot away from all the good elements of the overall film. The 'hip-hop gangster rap' scene knocked a couple of stars off on its own! Oh, and Sheridan Smith is not in it like flixster say she is.
July 12, 2013
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