David Fear

David Fear
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Biography:
Film Critic, Rolling Stone

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 89% Hala (2019) A coming-of-age tale, a compelling directorial debut, and a slight corrective regarding both teen movies and the American Muslim experience. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2019
4.5/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Atlantics pulls you into an experience. The empathy machine runs at full speed here. Ada, c'est moi. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
2/5 66% The Good Liar (2019) Yes, you would watch Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren in virtually anything. You just wish it wasn't this. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3.5/5 96% I Lost My Body (2019) It's a romance, a macabre comedy and a PTSD character study without ever feeling like a patchwork. It's a tale of someone trying to become whole again, literally and figuratively. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
3.5/5 94% The Kingmaker (2019) It's a documentary that starts as a nonfiction portrait and ends as a political horror movie. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
1/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) It's the kind of bad that falls somewhere between finding a lump of coal in your stocking and discovering one painfully lodged in your rectum. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
4/5 86% Synonyms (Synonymes) (2019) This portrait of an ex-pat is also a critique that suggests a citizenship weaned on perpetual life-during-wartime alert might be slightly traumatized. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
3.5/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Who better to rescue [the franchise] than Linda Hamilton? Come with her, beleaguered intellectual property, if you want to live! - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 60% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) A movie about its making would be compelling, dynamic and a livewire rush. The thing itself is a dead end. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2019
79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) A few minutes in, and you're already choking on your giggles. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) Call it a collective character study or a perpetual-war film - Monos takes it cues from a number of well-known influences. But there's a specific, singular madness that's completely its own. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 97% American Factory (2019) American Factory sets out to chart what's supposed to be a test run for the future of the auto industry and an example of positive international relations. It ends up capturing a cross-cultural car wreck in slow motion. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2019
3.5/5 85% Untouchable (2019) The repetitive nature of the testimonies does not make it any easier to hear them. Each is like a fresh pinch of salt being sifted onto a cut, one that refuses to scar over -- it's partially what gives this portrait of a monster its power. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
3.5/5 80% Light of My life (2019) It's not a pretty picture he paints here. But it makes you want Affleck to keep picking up that brush. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
86% Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me (2009) [Wanda] Sykes is a take-no-prisoners satirist and a social-issues activist -- both of which are on display in this blistering 2009 set in which she takes on prejudice. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2019
3.5/5 88% The Great Hack (2019) You leave with a clear sense of how one company [sold] democracy down the river, not to mention having your fingernails chewed down to the quick. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2019
3/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) A back-to-basics take on the ghost-story gauntlet run; compared to the previous films, it's worth its weight in spare doll parts. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
3.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) Like the apex predators slithering at the center of it all, it gets the job done once it lets is more brutal, primal instincts take over. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2019
3/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Everything could be sharper. It isn't dull. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
3.5/4 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) What makes this film unmissable, however, is the fact that we get Marianne's story more or less in full as well. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/5 67% The Quiet One (2019) Even the most diehard Stones fan is bound to leave feeling a little conflicted. It's a doc that lives up to its name in all the wrong ways. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 90% I Am Mother (2019) Rugaard, a Danish-Irish 21-year-old, feels like a major discovery - she's the not-so-secret motor of I Am Mother, a dynamic presence that lends blood, guts and soul to this dystopic vision. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3.5/5 73% The Perfection (2019) It's not perfect - but in its own blood-splattered, limb-lopping way, it may be a particularly perfect thriller for this moment. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
2.5/5 33% Domino (2019) As a thriller, Domino is D.O.A. As a game of spot-the-auteurist motifs, however, this exercise in De Palma-reading is practically a gas. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
3/5 60% Charlie Says (2019) If nothing else, Charlie Says puts Van Houten in the center of her own story. Look at her game, girl. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2019
3.5/5 79% Pasolini (2019) Part hero worship, part true-crime tragedy and completely of a piece with its creator's obsessions over the spiritual and the sordid. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3.5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) "The end result is messy, ragged, uneven, all over the place. But it's also the single best Gilliam film to hit theaters in 20 years." - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
2.5/5 68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) You may choose this movie even if you aren't a Pokéscholar. That doesn't mean it's willing to choose you. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
4/5 84% Dogman (2019) A bare-bones breakdown of Matteo Garrone's David-and-Goliath parable hardly does justice to the violent agony and modest ecstasy you get on screen. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2/5 17% Hellboy (2019) It ends up simply being a franchise reboot damned to be restaged as its own bloody hell. Some things are better left dead. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
3.5/5 81% The Wind (2019) If you're thinking "Repulsion by John Ford," you're more on the right track than you could possibly know. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 89% Missing Link (2019) Something is indeed missing, and it's not the link between primitive and modern man. More like a spark of inspiration. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
3.5/5 84% The Brink (2019) It's recommendable in the same way that a doctor recommends regular colonoscopies - you're better off suffering through the discomfort because the alternative is far worse. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
4/5 60% Sunset (Napszállta) (2019) If Sunset doesn't hit with nearly the impact that Son of Saul does, this look back at the chaos before the storm establishes Nemes as a major voice. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
4/5 55% The Beach Bum (2019) If anyone was going to make the great ripping-bong-hits-while-Rome-burns movie of right now, it would be Korine. - Rolling Stone EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 39% 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 75% 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 55% 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 57% 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 70% 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 96% 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
93% 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 92% 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 11% 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