Fear X Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 15, 2011
The director captures a sense of hazy, harrowing obsession that's amplified by his immaculate camera set-ups and pans.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 31, 2008
Slick thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 23, 2007
A Middle American psychological crime thriller agreat portion of which plays out none too rationally inside its protagonist's head.
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
What happens afterwards, in Refn and the late Hubert Selby, Jr.'s can't-resist-obscurity-and-ambiguity screenplay will disappoint most filmgoers.
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 4, 2005
Frustratingly opaque by design, Fear X offers viewers insufficient fear and excessive "X."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
February 3, 2005
Imagine an hour of birds flying backwards and rooms with red curtains, and there's the rest of your movie.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 2, 2005
It's a fundamentally Scandinavian movie, a hyperintense meditation on death and destiny set amid a bleak wintry landscape and played out by the emotionally devastated.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 1, 2005
As the film builds, director Refn skillfully allows Harry to get both closer and farther away form his goal, like an optical illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 28, 2005
Turturro's clammy, lumpen Cain is a profoundly disagreeable guide down the rabbit hole of hallucinatory paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
January 28, 2005
This X doesn't mark the spot.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 28, 2005
A pretentious, unsatisfying and ultra-slow-moving thriller.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 28, 2005
Fortunately, Turturro's subtle turn keeps our emotional connection solid even when the story skates on thin ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John McMurtrie
San Francisco Chronicle
January 28, 2005
The story, in the end, is less than satisfying and, unfortunately, doesn't match the movie's eerie style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
January 27, 2005
Fear X, like an impressionistic painting, is evocative in original ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2005
With an elliptical style and open-ended interpretations, it is definitely not for those who like their mysteries spelled out and tied up neatly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 27, 2005
Grimly austere barely begins to describe the atmosphere of dread that seeps through Fear X like a toxic mist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 27, 2005
This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
January 27, 2005
Turturro ... never wavers in his commitment to a role that deprives him of nearly all his actorly tools.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
January 25, 2005
It's half a movie, but a half that hums.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
January 21, 2005
Intellectually, the story isn't as compelling Kafkaesque at it probably wants to be, but at least it has a mind of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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