A Fantastic Fear of Everything
A Fantastic Fear of Everything (2014)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 7, 2014
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Critic Score
33%
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User Score
35%



Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Aside from a few chuckles and Simon Pegg's reliably affable screen presence, A Fantastic Fear of Everything has embarrassingly little to offer.

Calum Marsh
Village Voice

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.

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Guy Lodge
Variety

This effortfully quirky pic refuses to settle for mere ineptitude, adding casual misogyny and pronounced racism to its rap sheet.

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Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve

[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.

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Ian Buckwalter
NPR

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Exasperation eventually morphs into unrelenting pain, and there's not a single, solitary laugh to be had.

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

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.

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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.

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Drew Taylor
The Playlist

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Jack's a writer with a dark secret. But now his demons are taking over, unless one man finds the courage to fight back. Not bad of a movie! A Fantastic… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars
Greg S
Simon Pegg stars as a neurotic writer who's afraid of everything, but particularly of laundrettes; when he has an important meeting he decides to face his… More
Shawn Montague
A little slow, but watchable.
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Philip Price
Writing can be a stressful activity as much as it can be a relieving one. For Simon Pegg's Jack it becomes more of the latter due to the subject he has… More