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 Cars
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A true gem: perhaps the most thoroughly charming, and completely satisfying, independent film I've seen in the past two or three years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Not only does it recapture -- and enhance -- the subtle emotional core that has made the film so beloved for the past three-quarters of a century, it delivers the most eye-boggling, hair-raising movie thrill ride since 1993's "Jurassic Park."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Cinema does not get much better than this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A film with the epic scale and fearless common-sense vision of Water is a revelation.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    All told, Cars is a knockout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absolutely riveting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Funny, muckraking documentary.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Absorbing, scary documentary.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A highly original and unusually powerful drama that deserves comparison to the great Scandinavian films of the past.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Its dazzling blend of rock magic and 3-D technology just may be ushering in a whole new kind of musical theater.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's pure fluff, but as irresistible as cotton candy.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's naturalistic, briskly paced and never overreverential. It's not a bit stagy, yet it manages to be dazzling theater.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A funny, rousing crowd-pleaser.

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