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Fear and Desire

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Stanley Kubrick

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About the Movie

Virtually unseen since its theatrical premiere in 1953, Fear and Desire is the ambitious first feature film by legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. An existential war film often compared with the director's Paths of Glory (1957) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), Fear and Desire follows a squad of soldiers who have crash-landed behind enemy lines and must work their way downriver to rejoin their unit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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, Mar 27, 2012

Fresh: 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, Mar 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Low Budget Kubrick Film

I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone other than real film fans. It is interesting to see what Kubrick could do with little money and unknown actors. The camera angles, use of shadows and cuts are definitely intriguing, but the acting drags it down.