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 Million Dollar Baby
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an emotionally gripping, daringly genre-twisting, consummately crafted piece of filmmaking.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absorbing, scary documentary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Altman always manages to pop up with another masterpiece -- and darned if he hasn't done it again.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
    • 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.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The final scene of Balthazar's demise is one of cinema's most moving and haunting moments.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A delicious one-time treat.
    • 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
    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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    I haven't been so captivated, chilled and surprised by a movie in years.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Ray
    An extraordinary piece of biography.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    This is Boyle's fullest, most satisfying work and an audience-pleaser that deserves to be a big hit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Whatever it is, the film is the first major release of the fall worth talking about: a fast-paced, visually slick, psychologically fascinating Boston-set cops-and-crooks saga.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For all its excesses, it's an absorbing, disturbing, savagely beautiful "trip" movie, and an extraordinary -- perhaps even outrageous -- personal vision of the one A-list filmmaker who truly deserves the adjective "maverick."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An engrossing study in abnormal psychology, an inspirational drama that tells us a determined man really can do anything his mind can envision and is the first film that plays on what could become a phenomenon of the new millennium: World Trade Center nostalgia.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Is it possible to have yet another expensive excursion into this genre that seems in any way fresh, original and alive? The answer, surprisingly, is yes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most uncompromising and unapologetic gay-themed drama ever made for a wide release by a major Hollywood studio with name stars.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Ironically, the challenge of directing a Japanese-language film with a non-English-speaking cast seems to have brought out the very best in Eastwood. His vision is alternately intimate and sweeping, his touch never seemed more light and sure, and several of his scenes are so delicate, dynamic and prototypically Japanese they could have been directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The results are being billed as a reunion of the "Titanic" star team, but anyone expecting a similarly gushy romantic idyll is in for a shock: it is an uncompromisingly dreary view of two self-deluded people incapable and unwilling to understand one another.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An absorbing and fulfilling experience -- even though it ends with a question mark.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A respectful, accomplished, non-exploitative piece of historical filmmaking and -- for audiences -- a gripping white-knuckle ride all the way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Very much a '70s-style paranoid thriller, with a mood, tone and cascade of plot twists that are highly reminiscent of his 1975 classic, "Three Days of the Condor."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's an eye-filling, sumptuously detailed historical epic that grandly re-creates the bloody gladiatorial spectacles and smoke-filled, spit-flying, claustrophobically crowded arenas of its bygone era.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Technically, the film is consistently impressive. It creates a grimly gothic vision of a crime-ridden and depression-ravaged Gotham City, a dandy pair of chase sequences involving the new generation Batmobile and a range of innovative visual effects.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One more good thing is that the movie doesn't overstay its welcome. At 76-minutes, it's wisely calculated to give us as much of its ghoulish whimsy as we can take in one sitting, and not a second more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A paragon of subtlety. Yet this message is exactly what we carry out of the theater, and it lingers on with a powerful resonance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    So devoid of the usual coarse Hollywood calculation that it plays like a breath of fresh air.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare animal, a dialogue-driven comedy -- and a good one at that. While one or two of its scenes may seem a tad too talky for today's low-attention spans, the script is mostly razor-sharp acerbic and sophisticated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sum of the movie is devastating. One takes out of it a sense that the human cost of our endless adventure in Iraq is going to be incalculable, perhaps catastrophic -- a psychological time bomb that will be exploding for decades to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harry IV is an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Columbus is a member of the '80s generation and he gives the play authenticity, the respect of a classic, an epic visual scope and a sensibility that's blissfully free of any generational self-pity. It seems to be the movie he was born to make, and he serves it well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unpredictable, unusual, consistently engrossing drama of a kind that has almost disappeared from Hollywood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a low-key, subtly inspirational drama that builds its charm slowly but surely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Some will find the surprise pleasant, others unpleasant. Whatever it is, it's the least commercial, most somberly heartfelt movie ever made by the cinema's most commercially successful filmmaker.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a richly textured, leisurely paced, visually impressionistic epic of the American past that fairly hypnotizes the viewer with its tapestry of sights, sounds and colors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film is magnificently mounted, it moves like a speeding bullet and it's so respectful of Superman traditions that even the pickiest of die-hard fans should love it. After a lapse of two decades, it revitalizes the franchise and makes it seem fresh and alive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's as absorbing as a train wreck, and its brand of heavy drama is so rare in movies these days that everything about it seems amazingly fresh.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie offers one authentically terrific performance: Beach as Hayes. He's so painfully sympathetic in the role that he absolutely breaks your heart, and he looks like the front-runner in the best-supporting actor Oscar race.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For all its unevenness, Bobby is a powerful, poignant movie and its ending -- played over a long excerpt of one of RFK's most compassionate speeches, voiced with none of the cliches of political rhetoric -- was, for me, the movie year's single most devastating sequence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Though it seems long and its pace occasionally lags, it certainly struck me as a well-mounted, gloriously eye-filling and often exhilarating entertainment that brings back some of the delicious excitement of the great movie musicals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A highly original and progressively riveting personal adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Broad and funny, its sensibility is very campy and it's out to be loved by everyone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An exhilarating musical experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The real joy here is the performance of Jean Dujardin, who, besides being very funny as the Gallic Maxwell Smart, is also enormously charismatic and is made to look uncannily (and I do mean uncannily) like the young Sean Connery of "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's crammed full of the dash, filmmaking flair, swashbuckling magic, impossible stunts and tongue-in-cheek humor that made the series such a phenomenon of its time, and -- for those versed in its traditions -- almost every frame is enjoyable on some level.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An uncompromising and ultimately chilling look at individual creativity trampled by corporate greed, and its timing could not be more appropriate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Changeling doesn't care if you love it or hate it, it makes no compromises to fashion and it's charged with that unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker at his creative peak.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Though it's unflinching in its depiction of homosexual affection, the marvel of the movie is the dexterity with which it transcends the specificity of its characters and gay theme to be a universal human statement and profound political epic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The Reader is significant because -- like another film opening today, "Valkyrie" -- it asks us to see not just the Jews but the whole German people as victims of the Holocaust, and to view Nazism as more a product of explicable ignorance than inexplicable evil.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's an exciting action spectacle and a thoughtful, cumulatively moving family drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
    • 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.
    • 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.