William Arnold

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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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

William Arnold's Scores

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Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Fallen Idol (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1179 movie reviews
    • 16 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    A screaming, silly cliche -- and somehow not a bit scary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    Unlike "Crying Game" (which, despite the gender confusion, definitely works as a love story for a general audience), the only emotion this movie evokes for its star-crossed lovers is an unpleasant sense of incredulity. [08 Oct 1993]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    Legends of the Fall is one of those movies that is so sloppy and so poorly written and so clumsily directed that every dramatic scene seems to either insult your intelligence or come off as being unintentionally hilarious. [13 Jan 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So violent and junky it seems to have been designed as evidence for the growing congressional movement to censor Hollywood.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joel Schumacher, and reflects the worst of their shallow styles: wildly overproduced, inadequately motivated every step of the way and demographically targeted to please every one (and no one).
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Mercifully short -- a mere 80 minutes, plus the end-titles. That means I had to slap myself in the face fewer times than usual to stay awake in a movie this grindingly mediocre.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Overly familiar, poorly cast and often annoyingly crude New York comedy that never finds its groove.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In its best moments, resembles a bad high school production of "Grease," without benefit of song.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An innocuous waste-of-time.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It is a foul-mouthed British underworld comedy so they may be hoping it will attract the hip audience of films like "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Resnick's script never engages, the stars can't find the keys to their broadly played characters, and Ephron's direction is harrowingly out of sync.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So uninvolving as basic storytelling that it quickly becomes boring.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Tautou seems tired, mean-spirited and utterly devoid of that Audrey Hepburn-like charm that made her the international movie find of 2001.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In this movie, he (Shelton) falls so hard he becomes, for the first time in his career, genuinely offensive.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    By the time the film plummets to its rock bottom, we find ourselves in a flag-waving no-brainer of the first order, and one of the most thoroughly confused morality tales in recent memory.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Falls disastrously flat.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An incomprehensible mess -- so boring and numbingly unworkable that it's hard to imagine what he could have been thinking.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A first-class snoozer.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So bloated, self-righteous and exploitative, it's hard to imagine anyone staying to the end, much less demanding a sequel.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A movie in which almost nothing works.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Its motif is self-pity, Steers displays no particular way with a scene, and, as Igby, Culkin exudes none of the charm or charisma that might keep a more general audience even vaguely interested in his bratty character.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A perfectly dreadful affair that makes no sense, has almost no good laughs and finally just sinks like a rock in a Beverly Hills swimming pool.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a sorry specimen if ever there was one, and could even stand as an argument for how the movies have deteriorated in recent years.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The kangaroo is devoid of charm, as are the actors, who have the chemistry of fingernails on a blackboard.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It should have been a cut above the usual teen comedy. But it touches the same old bases in the same old dumb ways.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So witless, sit-com shallow and bad in every way that it's just not worthy of much discussion.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Insipid, overcooked and dull.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Rarely has paper-casting worked as dismally as it does for Jason Lee and Tom Green.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As dreary an hour-and-a-half as you could ever want to spend at the movies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Idiotic.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    First-time director Steve Beck hurls a dozen ghosts and probably a million dollars' worth of prosthetic makeup at us for a full 90 minutes, but it's old hat and not a bit scary.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unlike original director Rob Cohen, Singleton has no gift for giddy action and his movie is a crashing bore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film's deliberately overblown cartoonishness and its gleefully pandering adolescent cruelty never blend into the enjoyable style of, say, a good spaghetti western (Rodriguez's acknowledged model), or even a bad Quentin Tarantino movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Contains much abuse and brutality, an annoying celebratory air of pimp-chic and enough explicit gay sex scenes to qualify as (very tepid) soft-core porn.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Efforts to expand the envelope of grotesquery make the film repulsive and suspenseless, and it sorely misses original director Tobe Hooper's grisly, wily sense of humor.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Where "The Cat" book was anarchistic but ultimately sweet-spirited, this movie is ugly, dumb and colossally mean-spirited.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The movie is a resounding dud: immaculately composed and shot (very much in the Kaufman tradition), but riddled with crime-movie cliches, wincingly obvious in its plot twists and rather badly acted.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unfortunately, this latest effort is so mean-spirited and nasty that you wish Farrell hadn't bothered.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Not only have they (Coen Brothers) stripped it of all its wit and charm, they've loaded it down with the kind of race-baiting and bathroom humor they've always avoided in the past.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An excruciating rehash that has virtually none of the wit and charm of the original.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's been turned into a stupid kung fu movie.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The whole enterprise is a colossal waste of everyone's time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Absurdly over the top and not especially funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a botched job...the new "Phoenix" lacks the very things that made the old one special.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Many regular moviegoers will be appalled by its gleeful crudity and saddened by the spectacle of three icon stars mugging through a farce that's not that many notches above "Jackass: The Movie."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film's one saving grace is Ledger (Mel Gibson's son in "The Patriot").
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's lively but fails to disguise the fact that his (Charbanic) script is a dud and his career in videos has taught him little about the art of narrative storytelling.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As far as these things go, the film's violence is not outrageously excessive.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As a director, Duchovny is in big trouble every frame of the way. His characters ring false, his scenes seem improperly motivated in a glaring way, and his distasteful obsession with imagery of unflushed cigarette butts bobbing in a toilet is beyond inexplicable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Has to be one of the most absurd of all big-budget action movies, and that's saying something. It's just a blink away from over-the-top self-parody, and I'm pretty sure it's not trying to be.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It may be emblematic of new-millennium Hollywood that this movie has turned out to be one more emotionless, brainless, overproduced action film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The script and direction by Irish filmmaker Mary McGuckian is just deadly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Pierson is a high-powered egotist with appalling tastes and a great-white-father complex, and his whiny family is about as much fun as fingernails on a blackboard.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It has the low-budget look and feel of an indie dating comedy -- and not a very good one at that.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Despite its title, the movie could hardly be less erotic. Indeed, promiscuity has never looked more totally unappealing, and its final scenes of Wilmot's advanced venereal disease are enough to make you take a vow of celibacy. A great date movie, this is not.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The movie is just this side of terrible. It misses all the charm and fun of the original. Allen's mugging is incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In a better movie, this grand-dame performance might have been fun, but it's surrounded here by an impossibly dull and unsatisfying whodunit plot, unintentionally funny dialogue and such absurdities as having Catherine stay up late one night and whip out an entire novel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's an unimaginative, mean-spirited affair that makes you hate yourself for laughing at it, and it's so devoid of anything close to wit, subtlety or sophistication that it stands as damning evidence that Hollywood has surrendered wholesale to stupidity and crassness.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It comes off as tedious, pretentious, self-indulgent, talky and so garbled it might have been improvised by the actors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a tired rehash of animation cliches that distinguishes itself only by the extent to which it's crammed full of scatology and gleeful violence to animals, and otherwise panders to the worst instincts of its audience.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's hard to imagine how the movie year could possibly produce a more annoyingly stupid movie. It's so witless, broadly played and insulting to anyone's intelligence that it's almost as offensive, in its own way, as "Jackass: The Movie."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    This is a much dumber movie than "The Lake House." In fact, the script is an ungainly mess and ultimately a shaggy-dog story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Sylvester Stallone is filming a new episode of his "Rambo" action series, but Mark Wahlberg has beaten him to the punch with Shooter, a preposterous gut buster that follows the formula so closely it would probably lose a plagiarism suit.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a tedious experience in almost every way: The acting is numbingly one-note, the CGI work is unconvincing and often downright shoddy, and the action is poorly staged and framed so close you can never tell for sure who is lopping off whose head.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As a thriller, Next goes a certain distance on Cage's sad-sack charm and sense of humor, but it does nothing with its intriguing premise, and it's mostly just one more tedious and progressively dumb collection of Hollywood action clichés.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Director Fran Rubel Kuzui ("Tokyo Pop") cannot begin to find the style that would give some unity and originality to this mess. The result is a grindingly dull horror comedy and an unnecessary satire of Valley Girls - a full decade after that phenomenon has come and gone. [31 Jul 1992, p.12]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's basically just more of the same maudlin sentimentality mixed with clumsy slapstick, hassled-father routines and Geritol jokes. [8 Dec 1995, p.29]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The biggest failing of the film is that it's the lamest possible excuse for a whodunit. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The dismal high school comedy Charlie Bartlett has the look, feel and sentiment of a made-for-video cheapie that might have been grudgingly whipped together by Robert Downey Jr. as some sort of court-ordered community service project for his many drug busts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Besides being inept, it's also pretentious and boring: an ambitious art film gone horribly wrong.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a complete by-the-numbers daddy-day-care movie that doesn't have a genuinely enchanting moment or shred of inspiration in its overlong running time.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Preposterous, empty-headed and tedious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Is Hollywood so disconnected from its past and bankrupt of ideas that it doesn't even know this movie is a screaming cliché?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    There's a huge subplot that makes absolutely no sense at all and, in the end, the only thing the movie has going for it is Diesel's Neanderthal charm.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    An excruciatingly awful thriller.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Universal Pictures has a lot of gall to pick up a movie as thoroughly awful as Empire and -- with a straight face and a $20 million or so ad campaign -- thrust it on the holiday movie market as if it were a significant piece of filmmaking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    If you're addicted to Billy Bob Thornton's slovenly charm, and thrill to the prospect of watching him talk endlessly about his bodily functions and penchant for anal sex with obese women, this is your movie. If not, it's like 90 minutes in hell.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Stiller and Black have the chemistry of fingernails-on-blackboard and the movie is disastrously unfunny.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It doesn't have the imagination or daring to make a full turn to self-parody.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It tries to be a sappy love story, an incredibly vile gross-out comedy and an envelope-pushing soft-core porno movie all at once. It ends up being an unappealing abomination.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Terrible in a terrible way: It's pretentious, incomprehensible and just numbingly dull.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Perhaps there is a more excruciatingly painful and self-abusive way to spend 82 minutes. But I honestly can't think of what it would be.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Has the distinction of being the very worst of all the many film versions of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, "The Three Musketeers." Nothing else in Musketeer movie history comes even remotely close to its staggering wretchedness.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    It's by far the worst comedy either he (Carrey) or the Farrelly Brothers have ever made.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    The attainment it achieves is in the depths of pointless, mean-spirited exploitation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Staggeringly awful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Disastrously unfunny sex farce.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Mary Reilly has the distinction of being the most pretentious, the most ponderous, the most utterly suspenseless. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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