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 Intimate Strangers
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an emotionally gripping, daringly genre-twisting, consummately crafted piece of filmmaking.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie is so well-cast, sympathetically acted and delicately directed -- and so genuinely touching and funny -- that it leaps right out of the narrow confines of the family bonding formula.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    In what was indisputably his finest moment as a filmmaker, Forman summoned the absolute best work of his craftsmen -- costumes, makeup, camerawork, production design -- and merged them with his own storytelling sense and his special way with actors to create what has to stand as cinema's most successful musical epic.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The film is a hugely compelling tribute to the French Resistance movement in World War II, staged with a genuine epic flair but in the icy, downbeat, film-noir style of the director's celebrated policiers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    So magnificent in so many ways that, for the first time, it seems to raise the docudrama to high art.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The granddaddy of all caper/heist movies. The work that defined the genre for the subsequent four decades of filmmakers, none of whom was able to surpass it for style or suspense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A tasteful, richly textured, exquisitely nostalgic drama that carries with it an enormous emotional punch. [09 Oct 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Above all, the film is a classic of "poetic realism," that distinct brand of pessimistic '30s French urban drama that gave lyrical, sometimes even surrealistic, interpretations to working-class romances and underworld characters, settings and dramas.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's not only the most gentle and effortlessly funny movie so far this year, it's a film with a style and sensibility that wonderfully harkens back to Hollywood's golden age of sophisticated comedy, and in particular to the masterpieces of Crowe's filmmaking idol, Billy Wilder.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Penn's direction is amazingly sharp and intuitive, full of masterful touches that give an epic dimension and scope to the parable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    An unusual, visually hypnotic, American Gothic historical epic that traces the rise and tragic fall of a Western mining magnate of the Gilded Age.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie grabs us from its heart-pounding opening sequence and pulls us inexorably along its trajectory with the grip of the last gruesome act of a Greek tragedy. Its fascination is not what happens but HOW it happens.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The final scene of Balthazar's demise is one of cinema's most moving and haunting moments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's an immensely successful movie - and far and away the most emotionally charged, psychologically uneasy and diabolically suspenseful thriller Polanski's made since his heyday. [27 Jan 1995, p. 26]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A brilliantly conceived, boldly executed, cumulatively thrilling fantasy epic that expands the art of film and is sure to be the middle link of one of the movies' greatest trilogies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    An excessive, expressionistic, agreeably nonjudgmental period biography that carries with it an enormous emotional wallop. [01 Mar 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Hilarious, near-flawless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie is never mechanical or emotionally contrived, and at its heart is a guileless, enchanting performance by Tautou.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most uncompromising and unapologetic gay-themed drama ever made for a wide release by a major Hollywood studio with name stars.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It lives up to the hype. Gladiator has its creaky moments, but it delivers a particular kind of visceral historical spectacle that movie audiences haven't seen in decades.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's an eye-filling, sumptuously detailed historical epic that grandly re-creates the bloody gladiatorial spectacles and smoke-filled, spit-flying, claustrophobically crowded arenas of its bygone era.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unpredictable, unusual, consistently engrossing drama of a kind that has almost disappeared from Hollywood.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Lee's control and storytelling flair have never seemed more assured and there are moments so powerful and thrilling we feel we're in the hands of a master filmmaker at the peak of his powers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An extraordinarily exciting, absorbing and satisfying movie. Not quite "Seabiscuit," but comfortably close.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A highly original and progressively riveting personal adventure.

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