A Fantastic Fear of Everything

2014

A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Critics Consensus

Aside from a few chuckles and Simon Pegg's reliably affable screen presence, A Fantastic Fear of Everything has embarrassingly little to offer.

34%

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Reviews Counted: 32

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User Ratings: 4,669

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35%
Average Rating: 2.9/5

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Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent, and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in Jack's script, what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown' as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them love, laundry and serial killers. (c) Official Facebook

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Cast

Amara Karan
as Sangeet
Paul Freeman
as Dr. Friedkin
Alan Drake
as Perkins
Kiran Shah
as Small Man in Duvet
Jack Jaikol Situn
as Vietnamese Newspaper Man
Michael Feast
as Maitre D' / Eye of Death
Henry Bowers
as Broadbent-Moustached Waiter
Henry Bowers-Broadbent
as Moustached Waiter
Clare Higgins
as Clair de Grunwald
Mo Idriss
as Disgruntled Diner
Doug Tulloch
as Lead Head
Baxter Westby
as Birthday Boy
Teresa Churcher
as Liza Friedkin
Don McCulloch
as Hendon Ogre
Golda John
as Bashful African Lady
Tuyet Le
as Launderette Warden
J.J. Stanness
as Sheena the Punk Rocker
Jacqueline Chan
as Launderette Grande Dame
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Critic Reviews for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

  • For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting.

    Feb 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The effect eventually becomes that of about a dozen story pitches all strung together. Any one of them might have the potential for greatness in isolation. Try to mash them up into one movie, though, and much like Jack, they fall to pieces.

    Feb 6, 2014 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is more amusing than uproarious, and often not even that; it plays like a couple of over-extended sketches featuring the same thinly drawn character.

    Feb 6, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet.

    Jun 12, 2012 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • So spectacularly bungled that it leaves the viewer in a state of advanced petrification.

    Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Exasperation eventually morphs into unrelenting pain, and there's not a single, solitary laugh to be had.

    Jun 6, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back. Not bad of a movie! A Fantastic Fear of Everything is probably not what you're expecting from Simon Pegg. It's not horrifically funny like Shaun of the Dead, as outright entertaining as Hot Fuzz and, mercifully, it's not as tepid as Run Fat boy Run or as stagnant as Paul or Burke and Hare. Actually, it's not very funny at all to start with. Well, it's a journey and if you decide to embark upon it you'll need to see it through to the end to decide if it was worthwhile. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is far from being a perfect movie but it's a solid, enthralling film that hints at the possibility of Crispian Mills becoming a very fine filmmaker indeed and a hero of the off-kilter cinephiles who are tired of Tim Burton's ever-downward spiral and in need of someone new to rely on for their fix of surrealism. Jack is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by the irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in his script, what should be his big break rapidly turns into his big breakdown, as Jack is forced to confront his worst demons; among them his love life, his laundry and the origin of all fear.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

Simon Pegg stars as a neurotic writer who's afraid of everything, but particularly of laundrettes; when he has an important meeting he decides to face his fear and wash his socks. If this sounds like tough material to make a comedy out of, you'd be right, although the offbeat script does the best it can and ends up scoring a few laughs.

Greg S
Greg S

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Directors Cat

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three stars

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