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 The Closet
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a gorgeously atmospheric, perfectly cast, beautifully crafted oater of the old school, made with heaps of integrity, no gimmicks and few concessions to the box office. Its only real flaw is that it strains a bit too hard to be a "classic" western.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For three-fourths of its journey, Adaptation is, for my money, the movie of the year: an incredibly audacious and original exercise that challenges the conventions of moviemaking and stretches the boundaries of fiction -- almost, but not quite, to the breaking point.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Shines with the kind of honesty that's very scarce in today's ultra-manipulative cinema.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Tells a light-hearted fictional story and creates a maze of imaginative animation and special effects to illustrate how the heavier thoughts of the science apply to the everyday world.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It struck me as the most exciting and original Hollywood thriller, occult or otherwise, since "The Sixth Sense."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Forget "Raising Helen" and "The Notebook," this is the movie summer's most touching young romance.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a real pleasure to find a movie as calm, measured and dead-on in its impact as Finding Neverland.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film's single downside is a certain nagging sense of deja vu: the fact that so many of the elements of the story -- the dark force, the all-empowering object, etc. -- have been usurped over the years (by "Star Wars" and others) that you feel as if you've been down this road many, many times before.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An exhilarating piece of epic filmmaking that it pulls you in, sweeps you up and works very much as its own thing.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The cast is good, the score is sublime, the visuals are sumptuous and it speeds along with a delirious romantic power that, if you let it, can sweep you away.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not his (Scorsese) best film, but it's his most accessible and most thoroughly entertaining.
    • 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.