A Fantastic Fear of Everything Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 21, 2014
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.
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
February 13, 2014
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Calum Marsh
Village Voice
February 11, 2014
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.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 8, 2014
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.
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
February 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
February 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
February 6, 2014
Simon Pegg is a very talented comic actor, but you would never guess that in this claustrophobic, strained stream-of-consciousness, sinking cinematic showboat.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
February 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
February 5, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
January 2, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Guy Lodge
Variety
June 12, 2012
This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet.
Neil Smith
Total Film
June 11, 2012
Smart nods to Psycho, Kubrick and German expressionism suggest Mills has done his homework, which is perhaps to be expected from his lineage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
June 11, 2012
There is a watchable film hiding within this largely depressing, annoyingly repetitive audiovisual dirge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 9, 2012
An embarrassing vehicle for its lead and the worst ad for Y-fronts in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alison Jones
Birmingham Mail
June 8, 2012
Something of a curate's egg, the film seems to be a little bit of everything and not enough of anything...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sexton
This is London
June 8, 2012
There is a complete failure of tone in this film, from begining to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 8, 2012
There's no shame for Pegg who throws himself into it with manic commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
June 7, 2012
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.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
June 7, 2012
So spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
June 7, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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