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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 In Her Shoes
Lowest review score: 0 Me, Myself & Irene
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A first-class snoozer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unfortunately, this latest effort is so mean-spirited and nasty that you wish Farrell hadn't bothered.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Idiotic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Besides being inept, it's also pretentious and boring: an ambitious art film gone horribly wrong.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unlike original director Rob Cohen, Singleton has no gift for giddy action and his movie is a crashing bore.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The whole enterprise is a colossal waste of everyone's time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Absurdly over the top and not especially funny.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's been turned into a stupid kung fu movie.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In this movie, he (Shelton) falls so hard he becomes, for the first time in his career, genuinely offensive.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Preposterous, empty-headed and tedious.

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