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 6.8 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 Rumble in the Bronx
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A dynamite comedy-drama that, unless it stiffs big-time at the box office, should be up for multi-Oscar nominations come February.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    No one does this genre better than actor-writer-director Christopher Guest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A delicious one-time treat.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It not only pushes the computer-generated film envelope to the very edge, it's every bit as charming, funny and exciting as the original. In fact, I enjoyed it quite a bit more.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    I haven't been so captivated, chilled and surprised by a movie in years.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    The movie is never mechanical or emotionally contrived, and at its heart is a guileless, enchanting performance by Tautou.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Moves along its course and overflows at its climax with that indefinable but unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker who knows just what he wants to say, is in total command of his medium and is in no mood to make any compromises.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    It's a magical film -- an exquisitely made and exceedingly wise family drama that communicates a touching sense of the universality of the human condition, and leaves us with the rich emotional satisfaction we just don't seem to get often at the movies anymore.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Soars on its purity of form, subdued elegance and tidy professionalism.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Ray
    An extraordinary piece of biography.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    At age 37, she's (Bonnaire) developed into a consummate film actress and a unique star whose enigmatic persona has never had a more exhilarating showcase.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Like all Jackie Chan films, this one works best as a rousing action film. From beginning to end, Rumble is filled with imaginative and breathtaking stunts (all done by Chan sans stuntman) and a succession of epic fight scenes that are hypnotic, exhilarating, masterfully choreographed and great fun. [23 Feb 1996, p.3]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Indeed, it is a uniquely dreamlike, lushly romantic, highly erotic and prototypically Coppolaesque version of the story - a movie that does for the vampire genre what "The Godfather" did for the gangster saga, and what "Apocalypse Now" did for the war movie: raises it to the level of grand opera. [13 Nov 1992, p.5]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Awakenings, directed by Penny Marshall, is a curiously engaging, genuinely haunting movie that rises above some dubious handicapped jokes and strange casting decisions to be truly special. [11 Jan 1991, p.5]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    This is Boyle's fullest, most satisfying work and an audience-pleaser that deserves to be a big hit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Whatever it is, the film is the first major release of the fall worth talking about: a fast-paced, visually slick, psychologically fascinating Boston-set cops-and-crooks saga.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Is it possible to have yet another expensive excursion into this genre that seems in any way fresh, original and alive? The answer, surprisingly, is yes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An absorbing and fulfilling experience -- even though it ends with a question mark.