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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1179 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Next to "Bad Santa" or "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat," it's a paragon of sophistication.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Farrell is badly miscast as an ethnic Italian with an inferiority complex, the star-crossed love story has very little emotional pull, and even the (heavily CGI-enhanced) period atmosphere ultimately seems rather forced and self-conscious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Skillfully crafted, flawlessly paced, intellectually challenging tension of classics like "Bad Day at Black Rock."
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In a better movie, this grand-dame performance might have been fun, but it's surrounded here by an impossibly dull and unsatisfying whodunit plot, unintentionally funny dialogue and such absurdities as having Catherine stay up late one night and whip out an entire novel.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It's an elegant nail-biter.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's an original and rather clever premise, but first-time director Chris Koch doesn't do anything with it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film is an extraordinarily complex, well-rounded and multileveled portrait of how Crumb got to be the way he is, as well as a tribute to how he was miraculously able to rise above his dysfunctional roots by putting his demons into his art. [16 Jun 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    It's hard to recall another time when the cross-purposes of two collaborating filmmakers of a major film has been quite so evident, or when the theme of the movie itself has been so totally schizophrenic -- half populist outrage, half Nazi.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The film's added enigma makes the play's title even more appropriate, but it results in a more ambiguous and perhaps less satisfying dramatic experience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's not terrible, but it's mediocre and not much more than a string of cheesy sex gags.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Amateur, the fourth film of American independent filmmaker Hal Hartley, is by far his best - though, in the wake of "The Unbelievable Truth," "Trust" and "Simple Men," that is, admittedly, not saying much. [05 May 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Somber and violent but undeniably stylish and unsettling thriller.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Witherspoon shines. She's never looked better, and she carries herself with both her usual comedic flair and a surprising elegance.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    At 86 minutes, Sleuth '07 plays like a Cliffs Notes version of the original (which was skillfully adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own hit play) with far too much of its pacing and delicious texture ruthlessly cut.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    It almost completely falls apart in a tortuous third act and ultimately leaves us feeling strangely empty and dissatisfied.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It's a sumptuous mood piece.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Ends up being empty, anti-climactic and overlong.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    This is an adrenaline-pumping, devilishly well-made thriller set against the downfall of an American family.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The supporting performers all shine, especially Irons in the thankless role of the clueless cuckold husband.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It's a superior film in every way to its predecessor "Kiss the Girls."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The movie constantly verges on being a parody, but Moore's performance stays miraculously away from caricature.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    The futuristic thriller is overly familiar and never especially gripping -- and too somber and cerebral for the young action crowd -- but it looks terrific and is in no way an embarrassment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    As good as the film is in so many ways, it also altogether rings a bit false and contrived.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Cult-favorite director Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers" I & II) is a competent visual storyteller and the film believes in itself so strongly (and with such a straight face) that it's hard not to halfway enjoy it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Idiotic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Besides being inept, it's also pretentious and boring: an ambitious art film gone horribly wrong.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's crammed full of the dash, filmmaking flair, swashbuckling magic, impossible stunts and tongue-in-cheek humor that made the series such a phenomenon of its time, and -- for those versed in its traditions -- almost every frame is enjoyable on some level.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    Clearly, this film is less than a suspense masterpiece. Its violence is often gratuitous.

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