The director captures a sense of hazy, harrowing obsession that's amplified by his immaculate camera set-ups and pans.
| Original Score: B-
A Middle American psychological crime thriller agreat portion of which plays out none too rationally inside its protagonist's head.
What happens afterwards, in Refn and the late Hubert Selby, Jr.'s can't-resist-obscurity-and-ambiguity screenplay will disappoint most filmgoers.
Frustratingly opaque by design, Fear X offers viewers insufficient fear and excessive "X."
| Original Score: 4/10
Imagine an hour of birds flying backwards and rooms with red curtains, and there's the rest of your movie.
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.
| Original Score: B
As the film builds, director Refn skillfully allows Harry to get both closer and farther away form his goal, like an optical illusion.
| Original Score: 3/4
Turturro's clammy, lumpen Cain is a profoundly disagreeable guide down the rabbit hole of hallucinatory paranoia.
| Original Score: 2/5
This X doesn't mark the spot.
| Original Score: C-
A pretentious, unsatisfying and ultra-slow-moving thriller.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Fortunately, Turturro's subtle turn keeps our emotional connection solid even when the story skates on thin ice.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The story, in the end, is less than satisfying and, unfortunately, doesn't match the movie's eerie style.
| Original Score: 2/4
Fear X, like an impressionistic painting, is evocative in original ways.
With an elliptical style and open-ended interpretations, it is definitely not for those who like their mysteries spelled out and tied up neatly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Grimly austere barely begins to describe the atmosphere of dread that seeps through Fear X like a toxic mist.
| Original Score: 3/5
This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
| Original Score: 4/4
Turturro ... never wavers in his commitment to a role that deprives him of nearly all his actorly tools.
It's half a movie, but a half that hums.
Intellectually, the story isn't as compelling Kafkaesque at it probably wants to be, but at least it has a mind of its own.
| Original Score: 2.5/5