Fear (1996) - Drama, Thriller

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When Nicole met David; handsome, charming, affectionate, he was everything. It seemed perfect, but soon she sees that David has a darker side. And his adoration turns to obsession, their dream into a nightmare, and her love into fear.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: James Foley
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 22 out of 169 found boring (13.01%)

One-line Reviews (118)

gripping thriller .

well worth watching once .

The director adds doses of violence and tension to the story (specially in the end, when Steve, Nicole's father, will do anything to save his family), but it doesn't get to shock or to innovate the gender, however, Foley follows the rule of suspense films and makes a correct and entertaining work.

This movie is definitely excellent and intense.

This is a highly entertaining thriller which is kind of a drama and horror.

Mark Wahlberg is great to look at (so is Reese Witherspoon for the guys) and the story - though done before - is very engaging and watchable.

gripping thrilleris entertaining all the way with solid acting and frightening moments and the hot Reese Witherspoon And Alyssia Milano make this even more engaging anyway you have to see this one it's pretty good *** out of 5

How did she fall in love with him with those boring cheesy pickups and telling nothing about himself?

The climax rips-off "Straw Dogs",but the movie is entertaining enough to watch without falling asleep.

None the less, it is exciting and knows how to create suspense.

Nothing with Mark Wahlberg aka Marky Mark can be taken seriously, especially this movie, but the details are good, the cast is excellent and the music makes it more enjoyable.

The worst movie I've ever seen .

The script is predictable, of course.

Intriguing Psycho Thriller .

Enjoyable, although predictable.

If you're a horror fan, this movie may be a little slow for you.

But he's worse at the beginning, when he's pretending to be a nice guy just by speaking softly and hanging his eyelids as if he had insomnia.

Not bad for the type of movie it is, quite entertaining.

With a thriller you are supposed to build up tension throughout the film and then release it all in a nail biting climax that leaves you gasping for breath and on the edge of your seat.

When that said,I must admit that I found the movie entertaining,maybe because I like Reese Witherspoon as an actress or the fact that it had some chilli moments.

This movie is very suspensful and really keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat until the very end when you just gasp and say wow!

You are introduced to a fairly tedious rich family, apparently facing all sorts of problems, and then after about quarter of an hour of mindless bitching the daughter meets supposedly the perfect boyfriend.

arguably the worst movie i've ever seen.

Its pretty boring, as well.

"Fear" is a great movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Leads up to an intense climax.

The result is tedious unless you are in the groove to get the one intended value: the appealing, fawnlike innocence of Reese.

Waste of time .

"Fear" is a great film that is entertaining and suspenseful, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There were some nice moments but all others were a cliche - rich american family with happy life, big house and extra beautiful dauther.

He practically saves this rather routine and mundane heavy-handed melodrama.

I thought it was going elsewhere for a while and was very sad when it all became too predictable.

I think it's not original, but it's worth watching.

It also is pretty standard for this kind of movie - as Nicole's entire family ends up doing battle with David and the bad guys, etc., etc., but it was very well done and exciting.

Some scenes are played so naturally that you forget you're watching a "horror" film, and "Fear" becomes a compelling drama.

Altogether gripping .

Overall i thoroughly enjoyed it; it was very suspenseful and Wahlberg played a convincing villain.

I'd definitely recommend it as i was on the edge of my seat as the movie neared its climax.

This is just a stupid movie and a big waste of time.

The only thing I feared was I might fall asleep .

I was on the edge of my sofa the whole time.

And I enjoyed it for that.

Plot follows the predictably overbaked beats, coasting only on director Foley's sure-handed direction of the empty-headed particulars, wrapping up in a heedless climax that's too silly to be exciting and not over-the-top enough to qualify as outrageous schlock.

Somewhat predictable .

Her character was dull and uninteresting.

Marky Mark can act and Reece Witherspoon is breathtaking.

Bore .

(7/10)Thriller: Once the slow romantic story first finishes the thrills really start.

Surprisingly entertaining, despite the negative reviews .

I found this movie a terrible bore.

Fortunately, in Fear, where Wahlberg plays despicable psycho David, who makes life absolute hell for pretty schoolgirl Nicole Walker (Witherspoon), her friends and family, a general disdain of the actor, compounded with a hatred for his character, makes this movie an all the more intense and enjoyable experience: after having Witherspoon and Milano lounge around in bikinis, Milano bending over in a very short skirt, step-milf Laura Walker (Amy Brenneman) in a sexy one-piece, Witherspoon orgasming (with a little help from David) while riding a roller-coaster, Gary's neck snapped like a twig, and The Walker's pet dog Kaiser's decapitated noggin pushed through its dog-flap during a tense siege/home invasion, what better way for director James Foley to end his film than by launching Wahlberg through a first storey window to land face-down on the rocks below?

You can basically get the picture that this movie is very suspenseful and intense and keeps you off of the edge of your seat.

Very suspenseful .

Was it a good, satisfying and ultimately entertaining way to spend 97 minutes?

Worst Part: Slow starting.

Worth watching when it comes on tv.......

An ordinary and predictable formula flick, "Fear" goes through the motions mechanically, obviously manipulated for maximum effect.

**POSSIBLE SPOILERS** This is definitely one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Even the character establishing moments, which most thrillers treat as obligatory, are just as engaging as the terrifying ending.

"Fear" is a great film that isn't really scary, but very entertaining.

Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon are the main characters in this touching,thrilling and efficient thriller directed by James Foley.

but anyway, i liked this movie cause it was really thrilling especially in the last 20 minutes....

On the bright side, the movie does manage to deliver some solid thrills and a few suspenseful moments to carry the dark atmosphere, while borrowing a few elements from other erotic thrillers.

The friends are contrived and fantastically cookie cutter 90's punks, so that was funny.

And the finale, in Peterson's high tech house, was engrossing.

Neither frightening or especially suspenseful, simply an excuse for Miss Witherspoon to act totally stupid for 90 minutes.

I liked the performance of William Peterson (as Nicole's father "Steve Walker") and Mark Wahlberg but unfortunately, the first 30 minutes or so started off a bit too slow and the ending was much too simple and abrupt for me to rate it higher than I have.

I just saw this thriller on Polish TV and I can safely say that I enjoyed it.

i say turned out because it starts off slow and takes awhile to build up some steam.

Something about this one I just found likeable and highly enjoyable.

Why this dangerous lunatic wasn't arrested and put away, with the criminal record he already had, shows how slow and ineffective the justice system really is.

And as for the predictable plot......

Because the project has this direct goal, all other dimensions of the project have been made as safe and predictable as possible.

'We'll give you a thrill folks', the makers say, and instead they give them a trite, predicable plot with a nasty violent ending.

This movie is fun, it ain't scary, but often it's very funny(unintentionally) and entertaining.

I'm just going to say it was very unoriginal, had stupid moments (such as the homemade tattoo), and it was very predictable.


I managed to sit through all of it but for a fairly short film it dragged on and on for what seemed like an eternity and the only thing that I was really fearful of was that I might fall asleep with the TV on and waste money on my parents' electricity bill.

Unfortunately by the film's climax you'll be stifling yawns.

Excellent Intense Film.

Its an old movie but it sure kept my interest..worth watching..Marl Wahlberg did an excellent job ....

But it is enjoyable and the actors in here are great.


The big finale is reasonably exciting and has some brutal moments.

All around, "Fear" is a pretty predictable movie.

While it may be predictable, it is also quite entertaining and held my attention the entire way through.

There's a lot about "Fear" that's pretty cliché.

kept me on the edge of my seat!!!

I thought it was realistic and easy to relate to and very suspenseful.


The ending is quite predictable and expected.

Besides Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlber's performances were stunning.

I thought this scene was well done, though a bit cliché, as David basically turned it all around on Mr. Walker.

Predictable but still engrossing.

there are some pulse pounding moments that had me on the edge of my seat.

If you hate it, you'll hate it for its predictable plot, simplistic storytelling and obvious catering to hormone-driven teen girls looking for some eye candy in the shape of young Mark Wahlberg's visually pleasing physique.

What started out looking not too bad because of Reese Witherspoon turned a little ridiculous and predictable after a while.

It turns from a dull school girl romance into a home invasion psychological thriller.

Despite the fact that the movie is far from realistic, it's still an entertaining watch and a solid stalker thriller.

It's meant to be suspenseful and shocking.

This movie is way too predictable to be able to be enjoyed.

Intense .

It was altogether gripping even though its plot was very simple.

It is not a work of cinematic genius, but it is a gripping, well acted and entertaining movie and worth watching at least once.

It's entertaining and well worth a rental cost if you need something to see that you probably missed at the theater.

Her character is so boring and average, you have no desire to root for her at all.

Peterson is awesome, and I think he's completely enjoyable to watch, no matter what role.

The climax had me on the edge of my seat.

"Fear" is a solid but formulaic thriller about a teenage girl named Nicole (Reese Witherspoon).

Obvious, predictable, mechanical, and mediocre.

I fell asleep watching this dog.

I can recommend this movie to anyone who likes a pretty predictable thriller.

This was an enjoyable, thrilling movie that I am glad that I watched.

Predictable But Entertaining.

Even though Fear is predictable in some ways, what elevates the film is Wahlberg's overall presence.

Very good movie, keeps you sitting on the edge of you seat until the very end.

Over the years, I've developed quite an aversion to Mark Wahlberg for various reasons: the guy was the front-man for quite possibly the suckiest boy-band of the 90s; he speaks with an irritatingly soft voice; his hair is crap; he starred in the awful Four Brothers, dreadful Planet of the Apes and dreary The Yards; he got to have on-screen sex with Heather Graham and Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights, and in Fear, he gets to break-in a jailbaitalicious Reese Witherspoon and screw a slutty Alyssa Milano.

The direction is thrilling and fast-pacing, Carter Burwell's soundtrack is a menacing, gloomy score in the wake of Bernhard Herrmann, and the actors are really good, especially Petersen, Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg who portraits a really disturbing character miles away from his former New Kids On The Block and Markie Mark pop star image.