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as Nicole Walker
as Steve Walker
as Laura Walker
as Margo Masse
as Gary Rohmer
as Eddie Clark
as Larry O'Brien
as Alex McDowell
as Julie Masse
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Critic Reviews for Fear
For a while, the cast is appealing enough, and the design is House Beautiful enough, to camouflage the Fatal flaws that turn the second half into an overblown, predictable snicker-fest.
One of the all-time goofiest movies, avoiding a tough inspection of troubling emotional speeds and stunted communication to sneeze out a confused, half-realized story of obsession.
A throwback to the psycho-sexual thrillers of the 1980s, Fear is sort of a male version of Fatal Attraction
Violent creepy-boyfriend thriller without helpful takeaways.
Though cheesy and illogical, this thriller has charming performances, and an exciting climax.
Audience Reviews for Fear
Good thriller, and the movie that introduced me to Reese Witherspoon. Still enjoy it many years later. How did I only just notice David has a Chucky doll in his room!
The decent right-side-of-the-tracks family unit is threatened by local not-so-right-side thug types in this thriller that borrows extensively from Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971). Wahlberg and Peterson do well as the tension mounts for the big winner-takes-all showdown but the final payoff's a trifle abrupt.
The first hour is nothing to get worked up about, which is why I can't give this a particularly high rating. But do not despair - the ending is sure worth the wait! Reese Witherspoon's character Nicole can sometimes be downright painfully gullible and naïve when it comes to all the crap David is shoving down her throat, but hey, let's be honest here: some teen girls really are.
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