David Fear

David Fear
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Film Critic, Rolling Stone

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 100% Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) [Greenaway] once studied to become a painter himself; apparently, he's harbored dreams of being an amateur sleuth as well. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2021
2.5/5 26% Voyagers (2021) You want it to be a little more cosmic-sloppy, more hormonal, more unbridled. It needs more WWLCD: What Would Larry Clark Do? - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
4/5 81% All I Can Say (2020) A documentary on Shannon Hoon - made up of camcorder footage shot by the Blind Melon frontman himself - beautifully humanizes a rock-casualty story. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3/5 79% Concrete Cowboy (2021) As an at-risk teen drama, the film is passable. As a portrait of a community, it's eye-opening. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
3.5/5 75% Bad Trip (2020) It's a delivery system for strung-together Situationist happenings, a fancy way of saying that everyday people get co-opted into highly elaborate, hilarious, smart-comics-doing-dumb-gross sh*t. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2021
3/5 82% Nobody (2021) A man does not expect to type the words "Bob Odenkirk, Badass Action Hero," yet the critic must admit that he is that man. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 88% Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (2021) The rules of normal behavior do not apply to the wealthy and powerful ... until, of course, they do. You don't need a Harvard degree to know that's a priceless lesson to learn. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
3.5/5 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) What we have here is really a by-the-book hero's journey-but it's the interplay between the warrior and the wiseacre that makes a stock storyline snap, crackle and pop - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
1/5 31% Tom & Jerry (2020) The actors got checks. The cat and mouse got to relive their glory days one last time, and no one called them Itchy or Scratchy, not once. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 90% The Vigil (2021) An intriguing stab at modern Hasidic horror (we smell a burgeoning subgenre). - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
3/5 74% The Mauritanian (2021) Rahim is supplying soul and some interesting shades of gray to this portraiture. He's giving you a person in the middle of what often feels like a broad prestige-drama sketch. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
3.5/5 99% On the Record (2020) [An] undeniably moving, unsettling film... - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
4/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) It's a genuine revelation, and the sort of holy terror that restores your faith in a genre. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2021
3/5 98% Blow the Man Down (2020) A tightening of the screws would have helped this thriller immensely. But Cole and Krudy are after something a little different here than just two sister and one downward spiral. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2021
3.5/5 83% Freaky (2020) You can feel the humor and the terror continually goosing each other here instead of canceling each other, even in the bits that don't quite work or feel like padding. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
2.5/5 88% The Dig (2021) A quick Methadone hit for anyone still experiencing Merchant-Ivory withdrawal symptoms. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 97% Sound of Metal (2020) So much of the film rests on [Ahmed] selling you this man's experience with bare bones expressions. You get everything you need and then some. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
3/5 85% Our Friend (2020) Its strength really lies in its ability to recognize grief, in all of its raggedness and messiness, and not shy away from it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2021
4/5 100% Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself (2020) There's a magic here that has nothing to do with rabbits pulled from hats. It's a testament to the power of the material and the determination of its interpreters to not dilute it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
3.5/5 91% Some Kind of Heaven (2021) Oppenheim doesn't want to bury or praise these folks indulging in senior-citizen hedonism; he's more interested in making queasy art out of the communal hangover. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
3/5 43% Locked Down (2021) It's an attempt to refashion limitations into creative inspirations, making pulpy, spiked lemonade out of society-crippling pandemic lemons. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
3.5/5 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) An extraordinary example of how to craft an empathetic take on psychic agony piece by piece, and without pandering for easy points. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
3.5/5 98% The Go-Go's (2020) The doc's goal: Don't think of the Go-Go's as a bit of Reagan-era nostalgia, the musical equivalent of a Rubik's cube. Think of them as a first-tier, kick-ass rock group, period, full stop, the end. Mission accomplished. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2020
3/5 93% Sylvie's Love (2020) That you're seeing this melodrama with Asomugha and Thompson in the leads-something you wouldn't have seen when these types of movies were in vogue-is part of the point.' - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
3.5/5 95% Soul (2020) There are many elaborate lessons on life and how to live it in Soul, though its best may ironically be its simplest: Look. Listen. Learn. Enjoy. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
2/5 89% Run (2020) Paulson will be fine after this misstep. Ditto Allen, who could not be a more appealing lead or a resourceful damsel-in-distress. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
4.5/5 98% Minari (2020) It's a beautiful example of cinema à clef, done with little blustery sentimentality and a surfeit of grace notes. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2/5 55% The Prom (2020) This is what it looks like when you Glee a beloved Broadway production to death. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
4.5/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) [It] digs deeper through the morass of power, corruption and lies. You keep waiting for someone to say, 'Forget it, Jake, it's Bucharest.' - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2020
3/5 90% Belushi (2020) That you still want to keep basking in the "But nooo!"s and Joe Cocker imitations and food-fight exclamations ad infinitum is the ultimate tribute to its subject. You'd even sit through a decent-enough greatest-hits rehashing to rewatch them. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 100% White Riot (2019) Here's a blueprint for resistance. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
3/5 79% Synchronic (2020) There's a sense that you've stepped into these time-traveling bad trips and can feel the ground shifting beneath your feet. It's Synchronic's saving grace. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
4/5 85% Martin Eden (2020) The sort of movie that restores your faith in an art form-or, at the very least, in the craft of turning a bygone era's paragraphs on a page into an urgent mix of sound and vision. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2020
3/5 89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) It's the personal demons rather than old-fashioned monsters that get you - one of [the] central tenets of Cummings' genre exercise/portrait of a screw-up mash-up. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2/5 39% Honest Thief (2020) In a moment when we could really use a gentleman with a particular set of skills tearing no-goodniks apart, we needed something a lot stronger, savvier and more fun than this. Honestly. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
2.5/5 80% Charm City Kings (2020) [It's] hitting predictable beats like it was upshifting an ATV's gears, from getting sucked into the game to bad decisions and bodies dropping. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
3/5 91% Enola Holmes (2020) Look at the movie as a source of endless sequels, and you might sigh wearily. Reframe it as a star vehicle, however, and its charms are elementary. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 89% The Nest (2020) Law and Coon aren't the only reason to see Durkin's marital nightmare of a movie, but they are the main reason to see it - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
2.5/5 63% Blackbird (2020) Someone nudges this in memoriam in the ribs and reminds it to be a melodrama, at which point a far more typical story of family feuding kicks in. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2020
3.5/5 86% Lingua Franca (2020) The expression here is one of shared humanity regardless of background, gender identity, race or creed. The common language being used here is cinema. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
4/5 82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Delving into memory, misery and mortality...I'm Thinking of Ending Things not only nudges Kaufman back into the spotlight, it reminds you of how much his voice has been missed. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
3.5/5 100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) It's a collective profile in courage ... on the people who are the last thing standing between survival and a purge. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
4/5 93% Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (2020) It neither romanticizes the fulltime drunk's life nor does it condemn it. It's 100-percent manufactured and 100-proof authentic. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
0.5/5 No Score Yet The Last Days of American Crime (2020) This is not good action cinema. This is not even good alligator-brain cinema. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
2.5/5 86% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) We get a lot of opaque Scottys, all semi-attached to an alternate "history" that feels maddeningly incomplete and barely surface-scratched. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2020
3.5/5 87% Spaceship Earth (2020) How a hippie-utopian notion became a reality - and turned into an Icarus-like parable of how big business and activism aren't the best bedfellows. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
4/5 100% Driveways (2020) "For a movie about isolation and the risk of reaching out, it's a generous example of how nourishing a sense of connection really is." - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
4/5 90% Bull (2020) The reason you need to see Bull... and we do not use that verb lightly, is Morgan. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
92% Holy Motors (2012) It's a love letter to the seventh art and exhibit A for making the case that enfants terribles don't get older - they just get weirder. - Time Out EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2020
4/5 81% Tigertail (2020) Alan Yang has given us one immigrant's story that feels like his dad's unique, deeply felt experience, but also makes it reverberate like it's his own - and ours. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020