David Fear

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 43% The Dirt (2019) This is rock bad-boy lore as a rocking bore, an endless parade of recreated afterparty ecstasy and emptiness that robs The Dirt of the vicarious thrill it had on the page. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
3.5/5 76% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) It's apt to send crime-film fanatics who prefer their pulp nasty, brutish and incredibly long into fits of glee. For others, the title doubles as an apt description of the experience of watching it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
2.5/5 53% Yardie (2019) Headley's book is a hard nugget crackling with urgency. This feels like soft-boiled pulp. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
2.5/5 52% The Highwaymen (2019) "They don't make 'em like this anymore" will be used as both a compliment and an insult to this conservative corrective. Both interpretations apply. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 71% Climax (2019) It's Busby Berkeley by way of Hieronymus Bosch. It's a dance party set in an upper-circle tier of hell. It's a great approximation of a very bad trip. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
5/5 99% Apollo 11 (2019) This doesn't just feel like a movie. It gives you the sensation that you've been transported right into the middle of history. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
4.5/5 94% Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) (2019) Three viewings in, I'm still flabbergasted by the scope and detail of this movie ... and in awe of the way its unique cover version of a crime-doesn't-pay story totally pays off. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
3.5/5 92% Fighting with My Family (2019) What's surprising is how well all of this suplex-to-nuts biopic works...[but] see it for Florence Pugh's fireplug turn. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
89% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot, Fails and their collaborators have given the programmers, and us, an undeniable gem. It plays like a gauntlet that's been thrown down. But it feels like a gift. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 93% High Flying Bird (2019) The power, the movie says, belongs to the players - and to paradigm-skewing artists looking to stir shit up. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) For the most part, [Hart] is more subdued than usual and aiming to hit deeper notes - call it Hart-felt. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) What we have here, essentially, is not the final grand statement to an overarching narrative but merely a Glass that's half empty, half full (of itself). - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
.5/5 10% Holmes and Watson (2018) It's so painfully unfunny we're not sure it can legally be called a comedy. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
4/5 100% Shirkers (2018) What Tan has given us is an incredible, sui generis tribute to the international lingua franca of D.I.Y. cinempowerment. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
1/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) There are two sadists here. One of them happens to be onscreen. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
2.5/5 27% Mortal Engines (2018) They want to give you a steampunk-on-steroids Metropocalypse Now! And they're willing to use the spare parts of dozens of other movies to make it happen. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
3/5 93% Bumblebee (2018) Imagine if John Hughes made a Transformers movie. Or: Think E.T., but with auto parts. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2018
96% Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) She's a legend, sure. But now she's not Henry's daughter, or Roger/Tom/Ted's wife, or Bree Daniels. She's just Jane, the doc suggests, plain old Jane. It only took decades to get there. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 90% Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) (2018) Rohrwacher isn't interested in resurrecting the ghosts of movies past so much as channeling the Brothers Grimm. She does not want to just show you pretty pictures, but a genuine vision. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Will he break the Internet or will it break him? It's painfully recognizable, this neediness, as is the rise and fall. Ralph, c'est moi. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II does not give us anything but another, slightly superior Rocky sequel. It wins on points. Just don't expect a knockout. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 62% Outlaw King (2018) Mackenzie knows that a personal connection - not just love of country, but love itself - can ground a sweeping story even when it stumbles. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 81% Overlord (2018) Are you in the mood for a blockbuster that you wished Paul Verhoeven had made in the '90s, injected with the blood of '70s exploitation B movies? - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3/5 90% A Private War (2018) As played by Rosamund Pike, Colvin is steely, stubborn, an old-school Fourth-Estater and saltier than the Sargasso Sea. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
4/5 93% Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman - Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies) (2018) What you're left with is one filmmaker's love affair with another's work, a prism for other beams of light to shine through. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 38% Viper Club (2018) There's just enough to make the film a cut above your average headline-driven drama and not quite enough to shoot it into the stratosphere. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3/5 89% Bodied (2018) We tip our caps to Kahn & Co.'s underdog story. But satire-wise, there's some killer bars left on the killing floor here. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
.5/5 No Score Yet London Fields (2018) Nothing works - certainly not forcing Amber Heard to become a vamping pin-up, ogled by the camera like it was a horny college freshman. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3.5/5 99% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) It's a clever enough variation on a genre, done with a genuine sense of verve - the sort of rough gem you don't want to keep on hold. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet It's a near definitive portrait of the granddaddy of 20th-century political scandals, in all its nitty, gritty, dirty-tricks-and-Tricky-Dicks glory. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
4.5/5 98% Thunder Road (2018) I have seen humanistic American filmmaking's future, and its name is Jim Cummings. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
2.5/5 61% The Oath (2018) The movie's dystopia-meets-family-dinner mix feels like it's building to something bigger than the sum of its rants ... and then it doesn't. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Thunder Road (2016) It is funny. It's also a raw nerve of a movie, uncomfortable and tender and beautifully empathetic to its a-hole protagonist. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 93% Private Life (2018) Perhaps most importantly, it's a reminder that Tamara Jenkins is a vital voice in a landscape that's become increasingly, painfully unfriendly to what she does best. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Suddenly, what seemed like a man-vs-nature survivalist tale morphs into something that's part Arctic Noir and part violent art-horror. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
2.5/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) Even with what feels like an all-access pass, Love, Gilda feels as if it's barely caressed the surface, much less scratched it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
2.5/5 73% Assassination Nation (2018) It's an angry movie for angry times, which doesn't necessarily make it a clever or coherent commentary on how American hypocrisy leads to American carnage. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) It doesn't turn into another Goodfellas story of crime and irony, [but] isn't saying much about the Reagan-era War on Drugs that you haven't heard before. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
3.5/5 91% Mandy (2018) Mandy may feel like a cult movie that assumes it already has a prefab cult...as a star vehicle, however, this film is fully scraping at the door. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3/5 60% Operation Finale (2018) At its best, it's something to watch if nothing's on The History Channel; at its worst, [it's] a borderline banal representation of the banality of evil. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
4.5/5 93% Support the Girls (2018) You could not ask for a better image of our country right now. You could not ask for a better American film to showcase it. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
2/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) Mile 22 can give you chase scenes and bullet-ridden shoot-outs and evil Russians and lengthy diatribes. What it can't give you is a watchable action movie. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 80% Alpha (2018) It's the coming-of-Ice-Age parable you didn't know you really needed. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Sauvaire isn't interested in this regional version of the sweet science ... [he] simply needs it to immerse viewers deeper into a world of violence and pain. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
2/5 46% The Meg (2018) The Meg ends up being just a high-budget, low-value attempt to sell you a typical tale of a tortured man tracking a monster, composed of spare parts lifted from other films you love. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
3/5 72% Christopher Robin (2018) It's a superior model of library-card nostalgia. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
4/5 92% Nico, 1988 (2018) Instead, she concentrates on how this woman's self-destructive charisma kept people around her and chaos around every corner - this is Nico as a black-hole sun. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
2/5 29% Shock and Awe (2018) At its best, Shock and Awe still feels like it strains to be Spotlight-lite and comes up lacking. The title is a misnomer. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
2.5/5 47% Skyscraper (2018) This is the sort of thing that requires classic Rock, not an experimental but-what-if-I-maybe-acted-like-this-was-Sophie's-Choice? Rock. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
82% Milford Graves Full Mantis (2018) A movie about Graves' life and work that's similar to his percussive style: unpredictable, out-of-sync yet somehow rhythmically right on, jagged and likely to zig when you think it's going to zag. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018