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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as Nicole Walker
as David McCall
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
as Kid at Door
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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.
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.
It's well-paced, a little crazy and creepy, but that's how it built up the character and the tension...
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.
... one of the sexiest, most dangerous films of the early '90s.
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.