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

William Arnold's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 In Her Shoes
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Reportedly, Lucas has been tinkering with this "director's cut" for nearly two years, so its sound and visual elements -- which were fairly impressive to begin with -- have been markedly enhanced, while new digital backgrounds give the film a more epic scale. Still, it's an extraordinarily unengaging and tedious affair.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Less a portrait of this controversial man than a touchstone "to trace the history of contemporary terrorism."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    First-time director Ali Selim does an exceptional job throughout, his movie has the balance, uncluttered leanness and emotional impact of a Willa Cather short story, and it's no surprise that it has been nominated for Best First Feature in the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Many will find the subject matter disturbing, but it's clearly one of the holiday season's richest and most daring movie entries.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    A passionate, well-made documentary that stresses how time is running out for a peaceful solution.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absolutely riveting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It makes for chuckling entertainment and it's fun to watch as it's happening. But its New York characters are not a bit believable, there's no real bite to the humor, and the film never adds up to be more than the sum of its parts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    States straight off that the man's legacy has been tarnished in most of the liberal world's eyes by his being the spoiler of the 2000 presidential election. "It will be engraved on his tombstone," says his friend Phil Donahue.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It's hard to imagine an upbeat movie about homelessness, but Dark Days is just that.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Always absorbing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    As good as the film is in so many ways, it also altogether rings a bit false and contrived.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Hugh Grant is one of the true phenomena of new millennium moviemaking. In an era in which the broadest and most scatological comedy imaginable rules, he's built a career for himself as a sophisticated light comedian very much in the style of his hero, David Niven.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    There are no fresh revelations and the film can't touch Paul Schrader's 1988 drama, "Patty Hearst," as an inside account.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Funny, muckraking documentary.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Rivets our interest for its entire lengthy running time. And it does this without any of the usual war movie clichés, false heroics, barracks-humor nonsense or grandstanding absurdities.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The film is a melancholy but poetic meditation on the fragility of the gift of life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    There are hints of madness in all the characters, and it gets creepier and more surreal as it goes along until it finally comes to a showstopping climax that took me completely by surprise and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up straight.
    • 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]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The movie is an extraordinary personal adventure that views everything through the eyes of its hero as it carries him from one apocalyptic situation to another.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Cedric Kahn has caught the irrational compulsion, nail-biting tension and unpredictability of plot that is Simenon at his best.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    If the new Ocean's Eleven is mostly Clooney's show, he's more than up to the task of carrying it. Indeed, this could be his career-defining role: The twinkle in his eye has never seemed more disreputable, his devil-may-care charm has never seemed so appealing, and he dominates the movie with the graceful ease of a Golden Age Hollywood star.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The casting also works. As the Khan, Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano ("Zatoichi") is all effortless charisma, and Chinese actor Honglei Sun (as his best friend-turned-enemy) and Mongolian actress Khulan Chuluun (as his faithful wife, Borte) are just as effective.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Bounces between funny and chilling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    In the end, it's not much fun to watch a brave artist getting his dream kicked out of him.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Loaded down with gritty Glasgow atmosphere and authenticity, and works so well as an ensemble piece
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Jewison handles this rich tapestry of non-linear scenes with the skill of the old pro he is, and carefully modulates the drama to create the maximum emotional impact.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    With the original stage cast, the film is doggedly faithful to the play but has failed to translate it into much of a film.