88

TV Guide

Testosterone-driven entertainment with a moral, sleekly directed by James Foley.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a maddening, satisfying, junky, enjoyable picture.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

Forceful and well-acted. Fear truly lives up to its title.
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75

Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Wahlberg is the centerpiece of Fear, director James Foley's surprisingly taut new thriller that's equal parts "Cape Fear," "Endless Love" and "The Wild One." [12 Apr 1996]
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60

Empire

Fear, a sort of pubescent Fatal Attraction, is derivative and often risible, in the competent hands of Foley it's also highly enjoyable.
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50

Boston Globe

Fear is a formulaic thriller that is like "Cape Fear" meets "Fatal Attraction," or "Splendor in the Grass" on crack, but without a hint of those movies' psychological complexities and camp moments. [12 Apr 1996]
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A kinetic, visually dazzling thriller that's actually a notch above many of its predecessors - albeit only a small notch.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Patrick Z. McGavin
A movie as unsubtle as its title suggests, Fear is too seriously intended to work as trash and too ungainly and ugly to register as entertainment. [15 Apr 1996]
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Fear strikes out in slasher flick This movie is laced with enough gratuitous bloodshed and reactionary zeal to warm the heart of a Montana militiaman. [12 Apr 1996]
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Despite a few scattered moments of visceral excitement, the only thing truly frightening about the oh-so-ominously titled Fear is how so many talented people came to be involved in so inane a project.
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51 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.