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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Apocalypse Now
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 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]
    • 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]
    • 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.