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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Pépé le Moko (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Several times, Hotel Rwanda teeters on the edge of making a unique, visionary statement about our times, but can't quite do it. Too bad. If it could have pulled itself together in one brilliant scene, this may have been a great movie, instead of just a very good one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A paragon of subtlety. Yet this message is exactly what we carry out of the theater, and it lingers on with a powerful resonance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film's real feat may be in its production design, in the sumptuousness and veracity with which it re-creates central Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside of the '50s: an exotic lost world of brothels and opium dens, trishaws and ao-dai dresses, Ming-deco interiors and water buffalos in rice paddies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a movie era when brand names mean very little, it shows once again that Pixar is a stamp of quality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film is magnificently mounted, it moves like a speeding bullet and it's so respectful of Superman traditions that even the pickiest of die-hard fans should love it. After a lapse of two decades, it revitalizes the franchise and makes it seem fresh and alive.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a richly textured, leisurely paced, visually impressionistic epic of the American past that fairly hypnotizes the viewer with its tapestry of sights, sounds and colors.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a terrific movie -- intelligent, magnificently acted, highly compelling as a thriller, and downright scary in its implications for the corporate-run world of the new millennium.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare animal, a dialogue-driven comedy -- and a good one at that. While one or two of its scenes may seem a tad too talky for today's low-attention spans, the script is mostly razor-sharp acerbic and sophisticated.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Reminds us of just how exciting and satisfying the fantasy cinema can be when it's approached with imagination and flair.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's still nothing quite as thrilling on the screen as the spectacle of an icon movie star in a perfectly tailored role.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is a delicious, consistently hilarious screwball farce that gives Clooney his best comedy role to date and should finally, forever, lift the Coens into the wide-release movie mainstream.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a well-crafted, intelligent, no-nonsense western epic that zips us through the famous siege and the birth of Texas with style, verve and impressive historical accuracy.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    So devoid of the usual coarse Hollywood calculation that it plays like a breath of fresh air.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An exhilarating musical experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A happy surprise: a timely antidote to the comic-book mindlessness of "Spider-Man" and repetitive space fantasy of "Star Wars," and an encouraging bid from the top of the A-list to once again reach very high and spit in the face of the gutless formula filmmaking that rules Hollywood.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's nothing harder for an actor to play than a thoroughly good character, and Staunton does it with a dowdy, sublime originality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An absorbing and fulfilling experience -- even though it ends with a question mark.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Changeling doesn't care if you love it or hate it, it makes no compromises to fashion and it's charged with that unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker at his creative peak.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An uncompromising and ultimately chilling look at individual creativity trampled by corporate greed, and its timing could not be more appropriate.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film is a charming little romantic comedy based on a high-concept premise - one of those fraudulent marriages whereby an alien marries an American citizen to get his green card, or permanent residency. [11 Jan 1991, p. 6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Technically, the film is consistently impressive. It creates a grimly gothic vision of a crime-ridden and depression-ravaged Gotham City, a dandy pair of chase sequences involving the new generation Batmobile and a range of innovative visual effects.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An engrossing study in abnormal psychology, an inspirational drama that tells us a determined man really can do anything his mind can envision and is the first film that plays on what could become a phenomenon of the new millennium: World Trade Center nostalgia.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Its elements all come together with an unforced perfection, every scene feels real and alive in a way that many of his more surrealistic later films do not, and Leonard Maltin, for one, has argued that I Vitelloni is no less than Fellini's masterpiece.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not the most viscerally exhilarating racing saga or squishy animal movie ever made, but it's a terrific period piece. It's also a well-acted, engrossing and satisfying character drama that stands out like a diamond in this summer of sequels and comic-book violence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The formula has rarely been done as well as it is in this goofy, audacious, visually stylized omnibus of what-ifs that operates on its own peculiar logic, and powers along with the force of a truck on the Autobahn.
    • 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.

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