A Fantastic Fear of Everything
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Jack (Simon Pegg) is a children's author turned crime novelist whose detailed research into the lives of Victorian serial killers has turned him into a paranoid wreck, persecuted by an irrational fear of being murdered. When Jack is thrown a life-line by his long-suffering agent, and a mysterious Hollywood executive takes a sudden and inexplicable interest in Jack's script, what should be his 'big break' rapidly turns into his 'big breakdown' as Jack is forced to confront his worst fears; among them love, laundry and serial killers. (c) Official Facebook
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"For all its comic panache, A Fantastic Fear of Everything too often feels forced rather than funny - the strain evident in the setup is rarely worth the payoff, and the result simply proves exhausting."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"Exasperation eventually morphs into unrelenting pain, and there's not a single, solitary laugh to be had."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"With such a promising theme and a funny lead actor like Simon Pegg, this movie should be a big hit. So what went wrong? I think the film just got out of control."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A Fantastic Fear Of Everything is more amusing than uproarious, and often not even that; it plays like a couple of over-extended sketches featuring the same thinly drawn character."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"Smart nods to Psycho, Kubrick and German expressionism suggest Mills has done his homework, which is perhaps to be expected from his lineage."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"The effect eventually becomes that of about a dozen story pitches all strung together. Any one of them might have the potential for greatness in isolation. Try to mash them up into one movie, though, and much like Jack, they fall to pieces."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"The noteworthy presence of Simon Pegg can't rescue this bizarre and ultimately aimless mix of comedy and horror that's neither funny nor frightening."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A singularly bizarre new horror comedy, both exhilarating and frustrating: it allows for Pegg to stretch as an actor...leaving a great performance at the heart of a movie most won't particularly care for."
‑ Drew Taylor, The Playlist
"Strands of Simon Pegg's amiable persona are found in the film's more tolerable bits, but even this seasoned vet's unique voice is lost amid the glut of references to other work."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
"There is a watchable film hiding within this largely depressing, annoyingly repetitive audiovisual dirge."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"[A Fantastic Fear of Everything] leaps all over the place narratively and conceptually, servicing the comedy of every individual scene without considering or linking the others."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"Simon Pegg is a very talented comic actor, but you would never guess that in this claustrophobic, strained stream-of-consciousness, sinking cinematic showboat."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"It's polarizing work that carries immense creativity and sharp sense of humor, burrowing into the spinning mind of a destructively phobic man during an intense period of suspicion."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"An embarrassing vehicle for its lead and the worst ad for Y-fronts in years."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
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