Fear (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes


Fear (1996)



Critic Consensus: Fear has an appealing young cast, but their efforts aren't enough to consistently distract from an increasingly overblown - and illogical - teen stalker story.

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Mark Wahlberg stars in one of his first features as a hoodlum drug dealer from the wrong side of the trackswho falls in love with Nicole Walker, an upper-middle-class high school girl (Reese Witherspoon). In this psycho-drama (with the emphasis on psycho), Nicole happily loses her virginity to her first love, but, when she begins to doubt the relationship, his tenderness turns to violence, as he stalks and terrorizes her and her friends and family. The girl's father never trusted him in the first place, but his reservations about his daughter's first serious boyfriend are interpreted as Oedipal paranoia, until the boy and his drug-dealing, date-raping buddies besiege the overly fortified house in a twisted attempt to win back Nicole's love. The Seattle setting juxtaposes a grunge rock underworld with an over-privileged suburban household, and includes a very sexual ride on a roller-coaster. And yes, former underwear model Wahlberg appears shirtless several times. ~ Laura Abraham, Rovi

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Reese Witherspoon
as Nicole Walker
Mark Wahlberg
as David McCall
William L. Petersen
as Steve Walker
Amy Brenneman
as Laura Walker
Alyssa Milano
as Margo Masse
Todd Caldecott
as Gary Rohmer
Jed Rees
as Knobby
Gary Riley
as Hacker
John Oliver
as Eddie Clark
David Fredericks
as Larry O'Brien
Ravinder Toor
as Counterman
Andrew Airlie
as Alex McDowell
Jo Bates
as Julie Masse
Will Sengotta
as Kid at Door
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Critic Reviews for Fear

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (6)

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

If there isn't room for a big, dopey teen thriller in your movie-watching life, then the only thing you have to fear is Fear itself.

July 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's well-paced, a little crazy and creepy, but that's how it built up the character and the tension...

May 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's not great. An interesting way to spend an hour-and-a-half, that's for sure. The performances were fine, but it was so twisted.

May 4, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

... one of the sexiest, most dangerous films of the early '90s.

August 8, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Below its surface, Fear is focused on how damaging the protective nature of fathers can become when young women are treated as property.

April 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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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