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Fear and Desire
Legendary director Stanley Kubrick made his feature debut with this allegorical drama about war. Four soldiers whose plane has crashed discover they're behind enemy lines in an unnamed country. Desperate to escape, they decide to build a raft and travel up the nearby river into allied country. However, their presence is discovered by a local woman who stumbles across them in the woods, and they learn that an enemy general is nearby, determined to flush them out. Stanley Kubrick served as producer, director, screenwriter, editor, and cinematographer on Fear and Desire, which he made on a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Treat it like a wobbly, precocious demo from a 24-year-old with mighty aspirations, filled with hints of what he would become, and you'll be properly enthralled."
‑ Tim Grierson, Village Voice
"Kubrick does show some brash invention and a yearning to experiment with angles."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"For all its heavy-handed gloom and stylistic unevenness, Fear and Desire has a certain fierceness that's hard to shake."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"[A] highly promising first effort by one of America's premiere filmmakers."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If Fear and Desire is uneven and sometimes reveals an experimental rather than a polished exterior, its over-all effect is entirely worthy of the sincere effort put into it."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's an unconventional but compelling film as four soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines during an unspecified war."
‑ Henry Northmore, The List
"Kubrick's lugubrious, arresting, disavowed feature debut"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Stanley Kubrick's long-unseen first feature film, recommended solely as a curio."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A dismal expression of a lousy script... every bit the work of a young kid with lots of ideas and no clue what to do with them."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Although some visuals are striking chiaroscuro, the film still comes across as tyro self-conscious, a belaboring of theme by one not yet sure of his art."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Its sole distinction is that it's a Kubrick film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's probably the film's metaphorical riffs that Kubrick found most pretentious"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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