Fear

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Universal Released 1996

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Director:
James Foley
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

Fear is the 1996 thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon about an abusive relationship, and is now available on Amazon.16 year old Nicole (Witherspoon) has the perfect teenage life, good friends, gorgeous home in a safe neighborhood, and money. But Nicole is determined to rebel against her overbearing father and so one night she and her friend Margo (Alyssa Milano) go out to a rave and meet handsome and interesting David (Wahlberg). Nicole starts seeing him, but after several possessive outbreaks and violence towards her friends, Nicole dumps David. However, David isn't the type to go quietly. He manipulates her into going back to him and further separates her from her protective father. But when things once again get violent and completely out of hand, Nicole fleas from David in fear for her life. David's rage turns deadly when he and his gang invade Nicole's house. James Foley directs this terrifying thriller.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    It's a maddening, satisfying, junky, enjoyable picture.

  • 60

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    The thriller telegraphs most of its suspense payoffs, and the audience is almost always ahead of the game. What's most disappointing is that the characters begin as well-etched ind...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A nasty little thriller that starts out on a somewhat higher plane but eventually trades in its level head for conventional scare tactics and violence.

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  • Terrifyingly Great

    9.0
    When I was younger, I watched this film all the time. This is a great thriller film with Mark Wahlberg as David MCcall, a seemingly charming young man, he's revealed to be mentally unstable and becomes a danger to his girlfriend. The only scene in the movie I hate is when the dog is killed and we see the decapitated head, which is a major pet peeve of mine. But the movie is so well done, I look past it.moreless

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Thrillers