For 1,179 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pépé le Moko (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Altman always manages to pop up with another masterpiece -- and darned if he hasn't done it again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's a magical film -- an exquisitely made and exceedingly wise family drama that communicates a touching sense of the universality of the human condition, and leaves us with the rich emotional satisfaction we just don't seem to get often at the movies anymore.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Hilarious, near-flawless.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Above all, the film is a classic of "poetic realism," that distinct brand of pessimistic '30s French urban drama that gave lyrical, sometimes even surrealistic, interpretations to working-class romances and underworld characters, settings and dramas.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    In what was indisputably his finest moment as a filmmaker, Forman summoned the absolute best work of his craftsmen -- costumes, makeup, camerawork, production design -- and merged them with his own storytelling sense and his special way with actors to create what has to stand as cinema's most successful musical epic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A brilliantly conceived, boldly executed, cumulatively thrilling fantasy epic that expands the art of film and is sure to be the middle link of one of the movies' greatest trilogies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie is never mechanical or emotionally contrived, and at its heart is a guileless, enchanting performance by Tautou.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    As powerful as the movie remains and as much as I enjoyed this new cut, I have to say that the additional footage -- material that Coppola felt he had to excise 20 years ago to reach a commercial length -- has turned out to be something of a mixed blessing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's not only the most gentle and effortlessly funny movie so far this year, it's a film with a style and sensibility that wonderfully harkens back to Hollywood's golden age of sophisticated comedy, and in particular to the masterpieces of Crowe's filmmaking idol, Billy Wilder.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It not only pushes the computer-generated film envelope to the very edge, it's every bit as charming, funny and exciting as the original. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit more.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The granddaddy of all caper/heist movies. The work that defined the genre for the subsequent four decades of filmmakers, none of whom was able to surpass it for style or suspense.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Together is a likely candidate to become that one foreign-language film that jumps out of the art houses each year to become a mainstream phenomenon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A dynamite comedy-drama that, unless it stiffs big-time at the box office, should be up for multi-Oscar nominations come February.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an extraordinary feat of animation, possibly the most lovingly conceived, uncompromisingly executed and totally successful animated film since "The Lion King."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    I haven't been so captivated, chilled and surprised by a movie in years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A delicious one-time treat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Moves along its course and overflows at its climax with that indefinable but unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker who knows just what he wants to say, is in total command of his medium and is in no mood to make any compromises.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The final scene of Balthazar's demise is one of cinema's most moving and haunting moments.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    First and foremost, it soars because its grand design and numerous story problems were worked out half a century ago by a guy named Tolkien, and Jackson was smart enough to realize this.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    At age 37, she's (Bonnaire) developed into a consummate film actress and a unique star whose enigmatic persona has never had a more exhilarating showcase.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Ray
    An extraordinary piece of biography.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an emotionally gripping, daringly genre-twisting, consummately crafted piece of filmmaking.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie grabs us from its heart-pounding opening sequence and pulls us inexorably along its trajectory with the grip of the last gruesome act of a Greek tragedy. Its fascination is not what happens but HOW it happens.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A suspenseful, elegant entertainment.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's so fluid and cinematic that it's hard to even envision how the piece worked on stage.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie is so well-cast, sympathetically acted and delicately directed -- and so genuinely touching and funny -- that it leaps right out of the narrow confines of the family bonding formula.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Antonioni's moviemaking panache and distinctive narrative rhythm rarely have seemed so enticing and satisfying.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A true gem: perhaps the most thoroughly charming, and completely satisfying, independent film I've seen in the past two or three years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Not only does it recapture -- and enhance -- the subtle emotional core that has made the film so beloved for the past three-quarters of a century, it delivers the most eye-boggling, hair-raising movie thrill ride since 1993's "Jurassic Park."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Cinema does not get much better than this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A film with the epic scale and fearless common-sense vision of Water is a revelation.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The film is a hugely compelling tribute to the French Resistance movement in World War II, staged with a genuine epic flair but in the icy, downbeat, film-noir style of the director's celebrated policiers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    All told, Cars is a knockout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absolutely riveting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Funny, muckraking documentary.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    So magnificent in so many ways that, for the first time, it seems to raise the docudrama to high art.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Like all Jackie Chan films, this one works best as a rousing action film. From beginning to end, Rumble is filled with imaginative and breathtaking stunts (all done by Chan sans stuntman) and a succession of epic fight scenes that are hypnotic, exhilarating, masterfully choreographed and great fun. [23 Feb 1996, p.3]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absorbing, scary documentary.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an immensely successful movie - and far and away the most emotionally charged, psychologically uneasy and diabolically suspenseful thriller Polanski's made since his heyday. [27 Jan 1995, p. 26]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Indeed, it is a uniquely dreamlike, lushly romantic, highly erotic and prototypically Coppolaesque version of the story - a movie that does for the vampire genre what "The Godfather" did for the gangster saga, and what "Apocalypse Now" did for the war movie: raises it to the level of grand opera. [13 Nov 1992, p.5]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Awakenings, directed by Penny Marshall, is a curiously engaging, genuinely haunting movie that rises above some dubious handicapped jokes and strange casting decisions to be truly special. [11 Jan 1991, p.5]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A tasteful, richly textured, exquisitely nostalgic drama that carries with it an enormous emotional punch. [09 Oct 1992]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Penn's direction is amazingly sharp and intuitive, full of masterful touches that give an epic dimension and scope to the parable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    An unusual, visually hypnotic, American Gothic historical epic that traces the rise and tragic fall of a Western mining magnate of the Gilded Age.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Its dazzling blend of rock magic and 3-D technology just may be ushering in a whole new kind of musical theater.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    I can't think of another movie that more fluently communicates the special agony and ecstasy of the game of chess.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a buoyant, often thrilling piece of animation that more or less does for the Central African rain forest what "The Lion King" did for the East African savanna.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Rivets our interest for its entire lengthy running time. And it does this without any of the usual war movie clichés, false heroics, barracks-humor nonsense or grandstanding absurdities.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare thing at the movies these days: a new experience. It awes us with its technological feat, it sweeps us up in its mystical spell and, with its final scene -- it takes us to an emotional climax of almost unbearable poignancy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a gorgeously atmospheric, perfectly cast, beautifully crafted oater of the old school, made with heaps of integrity, no gimmicks and few concessions to the box office. Its only real flaw is that it strains a bit too hard to be a "classic" western.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    After a somewhat shaky start, the film gradually settles in to become another extraordinarily powerful and explosively acted drama that deftly probes the moral responsibility of an artist in a totalitarian society.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a terrific movie -- intelligent, magnificently acted, highly compelling as a thriller, and downright scary in its implications for the corporate-run world of the new millennium.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Like all great film noir, however, the real delight of this film is in its mood and atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Shines with the kind of honesty that's very scarce in today's ultra-manipulative cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's still nothing quite as thrilling on the screen as the spectacle of an icon movie star in a perfectly tailored role.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The formula has rarely been done as well as it is in this goofy, audacious, visually stylized omnibus of what-ifs that operates on its own peculiar logic, and powers along with the force of a truck on the Autobahn.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Lee's control and storytelling flair have never seemed more assured and there are moments so powerful and thrilling we feel we're in the hands of a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is exactly what it's billed to be: the successful blending of two distinctly different filmmaking sensibilities from two different generations. But the stronger, and more pessimistic, sensibility -- Kubrick's -- carries the day.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It lives up to the hype. Gladiator has its creaky moments, but it delivers a particular kind of visceral historical spectacle that movie audiences haven't seen in decades.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A happy surprise: a timely antidote to the comic-book mindlessness of "Spider-Man" and repetitive space fantasy of "Star Wars," and an encouraging bid from the top of the A-list to once again reach very high and spit in the face of the gutless formula filmmaking that rules Hollywood.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film's real feat may be in its production design, in the sumptuousness and veracity with which it re-creates central Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside of the '50s: an exotic lost world of brothels and opium dens, trishaws and ao-dai dresses, Ming-deco interiors and water buffalos in rice paddies.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film's single downside is a certain nagging sense of deja vu: the fact that so many of the elements of the story -- the dark force, the all-empowering object, etc. -- have been usurped over the years (by "Star Wars" and others) that you feel as if you've been down this road many, many times before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Not only is it an enormously entertaining study of a curiously American institution, it also manages to be a nail-biting competition film, an engrossing group character study and a wonderfully graceful comedy of manners.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    This moody, progressively enthralling little French psychodrama is very much it's own thing: a boldly conceived, impeccably crafted and wonderfully enigmatic two-character study that turns out to be a most powerful showcase for its two stars.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Reminds us of just how exciting and satisfying the fantasy cinema can be when it's approached with imagination and flair.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For three-fourths of its journey, Adaptation is, for my money, the movie of the year: an incredibly audacious and original exercise that challenges the conventions of moviemaking and stretches the boundaries of fiction -- almost, but not quite, to the breaking point.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A delectable must-see.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a time when even the best of big Hollywood movies all seem to be mired in a certain nagging, unimaginative visual sameness, this one dares to take us to a place we haven't been before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not the most viscerally exhilarating racing saga or squishy animal movie ever made, but it's a terrific period piece. It's also a well-acted, engrossing and satisfying character drama that stands out like a diamond in this summer of sequels and comic-book violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is a delicious, consistently hilarious screwball farce that gives Clooney his best comedy role to date and should finally, forever, lift the Coens into the wide-release movie mainstream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A landmark film, the unnecessary tinkering has not perceptibly harmed its overall effectiveness and it's a special Halloween treat to see it digitally spruced up and on the big screen for the first time in 25 years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sharpest journalism thriller I've seen in years: an absolutely riveting drama that doesn't glorify its subject in the slightest and shrewdly says a lot of very sad things about the state of modern journalism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    No, it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than "Reloaded" and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The journey comes together to be one of the very best of the "in search of" documentaries: open-minded, informative, immaculately crafted, full of moving and highly privileged moments of discovery.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Its elements all come together with an unforced perfection, every scene feels real and alive in a way that many of his more surrealistic later films do not, and Leonard Maltin, for one, has argued that I Vitelloni is no less than Fellini's masterpiece.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An extraordinarily exciting, absorbing and satisfying movie. Not quite "Seabiscuit," but comfortably close.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a disarmingly entertaining fashion, this multiaward-winning German bittersweet comedy seems to encapsulate all the emotion and drama of that profound geopolitical event.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Works best of all as an epic. It wonderfully creates a world of fractured deco elegance and endless human duplicity in which everyone is on the run -- exactly the kind of incisive, seemingly effortless historical spectacle that the French have learned to do so much better than Hollywood.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a well-crafted, intelligent, no-nonsense western epic that zips us through the famous siege and the birth of Texas with style, verve and impressive historical accuracy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An exhilarating piece of epic filmmaking that it pulls you in, sweeps you up and works very much as its own thing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Potter 3 is, in its heart of hearts, a teenage angst movie...Cuaron has done a masterful job of bringing off this shift in the Potter paradigm without disrupting any disruption in the established style of the series and without any pandering concessions to the teen-movie genre.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Tells a light-hearted fictional story and creates a maze of imaginative animation and special effects to illustrate how the heavier thoughts of the science apply to the everyday world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Forget "Raising Helen" and "The Notebook," this is the movie summer's most touching young romance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It struck me as the most exciting and original Hollywood thriller, occult or otherwise, since "The Sixth Sense."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's nothing harder for an actor to play than a thoroughly good character, and Staunton does it with a dowdy, sublime originality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a real pleasure to find a movie as calm, measured and dead-on in its impact as Finding Neverland.