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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Cars
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
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.