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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Almost Famous
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Very much a '70s-style paranoid thriller, with a mood, tone and cascade of plot twists that are highly reminiscent of his 1975 classic, "Three Days of the Condor."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The results are being billed as a reunion of the "Titanic" star team, but anyone expecting a similarly gushy romantic idyll is in for a shock: it is an uncompromisingly dreary view of two self-deluded people incapable and unwilling to understand one another.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sum of the movie is devastating. One takes out of it a sense that the human cost of our endless adventure in Iraq is going to be incalculable, perhaps catastrophic -- a psychological time bomb that will be exploding for decades to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sharpest journalism thriller I've seen in years: an absolutely riveting drama that doesn't glorify its subject in the slightest and shrewdly says a lot of very sad things about the state of modern journalism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare thing at the movies these days: a new experience. It awes us with its technological feat, it sweeps us up in its mystical spell and, with its final scene -- it takes us to an emotional climax of almost unbearable poignancy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Not only is it an enormously entertaining study of a curiously American institution, it also manages to be a nail-biting competition film, an engrossing group character study and a wonderfully graceful comedy of manners.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    I can't think of another movie that more fluently communicates the special agony and ecstasy of the game of chess.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For all its unevenness, Bobby is a powerful, poignant movie and its ending -- played over a long excerpt of one of RFK's most compassionate speeches, voiced with none of the cliches of political rhetoric -- was, for me, the movie year's single most devastating sequence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Though it's unflinching in its depiction of homosexual affection, the marvel of the movie is the dexterity with which it transcends the specificity of its characters and gay theme to be a universal human statement and profound political epic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a disarmingly entertaining fashion, this multiaward-winning German bittersweet comedy seems to encapsulate all the emotion and drama of that profound geopolitical event.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For all its excesses, it's an absorbing, disturbing, savagely beautiful "trip" movie, and an extraordinary -- perhaps even outrageous -- personal vision of the one A-list filmmaker who truly deserves the adjective "maverick."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Jacob's Ladder is also undeniably spooky. It creates and maintains a mood of paranoia, its special visual effects are original and nightmarish, and it has at least three sequences as haunting as anything I've seen in some time. [2 Nov 1990, p.9]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Potter 3 is, in its heart of hearts, a teenage angst movie...Cuaron has done a masterful job of bringing off this shift in the Potter paradigm without disrupting any disruption in the established style of the series and without any pandering concessions to the teen-movie genre.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    After a somewhat shaky start, the film gradually settles in to become another extraordinarily powerful and explosively acted drama that deftly probes the moral responsibility of an artist in a totalitarian society.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The Reader is significant because -- like another film opening today, "Valkyrie" -- it asks us to see not just the Jews but the whole German people as victims of the Holocaust, and to view Nazism as more a product of explicable ignorance than inexplicable evil.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It struck me as the most exciting and original Hollywood thriller, occult or otherwise, since "The Sixth Sense."
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    No, it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than "Reloaded" and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is exactly what it's billed to be: the successful blending of two distinctly different filmmaking sensibilities from two different generations. But the stronger, and more pessimistic, sensibility -- Kubrick's -- carries the day.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a rich, engrossing ensemble drama that reveals itself very slowly, is filled with multidimensional characters and multi-layered performances, and works toward an amazingly verisimilitude. [19 Jan 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Ironically, the challenge of directing a Japanese-language film with a non-English-speaking cast seems to have brought out the very best in Eastwood. His vision is alternately intimate and sweeping, his touch never seemed more light and sure, and several of his scenes are so delicate, dynamic and prototypically Japanese they could have been directed by Akira Kurosawa.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A delectable must-see.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie offers one authentically terrific performance: Beach as Hayes. He's so painfully sympathetic in the role that he absolutely breaks your heart, and he looks like the front-runner in the best-supporting actor Oscar race.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A clever, charming, laugh-out-loud-funny road comedy that works in almost every scene.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a buoyant, often thrilling piece of animation that more or less does for the Central African rain forest what "The Lion King" did for the East African savanna.

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