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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Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Intimate Strangers
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One more good thing is that the movie doesn't overstay its welcome. At 76-minutes, it's wisely calculated to give us as much of its ghoulish whimsy as we can take in one sitting, and not a second more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The journey comes together to be one of the very best of the "in search of" documentaries: open-minded, informative, immaculately crafted, full of moving and highly privileged moments of discovery.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Shines with the kind of honesty that's very scarce in today's ultra-manipulative cinema.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Works best of all as an epic. It wonderfully creates a world of fractured deco elegance and endless human duplicity in which everyone is on the run -- exactly the kind of incisive, seemingly effortless historical spectacle that the French have learned to do so much better than Hollywood.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A landmark film, the unnecessary tinkering has not perceptibly harmed its overall effectiveness and it's a special Halloween treat to see it digitally spruced up and on the big screen for the first time in 25 years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    This is Boyle's fullest, most satisfying work and an audience-pleaser that deserves to be a big hit.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    An exhilarating piece of epic filmmaking that it pulls you in, sweeps you up and works very much as its own thing.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a low-key, subtly inspirational drama that builds its charm slowly but surely.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is basically a piece of fluff, not always coherently directed and almost too consistently somber for a movie that wants to be a romantic comedy. Still, it comes together with considerable emotional impact, mainly on the strength of the stars. [24 May 1991, p.14]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not his (Scorsese) best film, but it's his most accessible and most thoroughly entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a time when even the best of big Hollywood movies all seem to be mired in a certain nagging, unimaginative visual sameness, this one dares to take us to a place we haven't been before.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Columbus is a member of the '80s generation and he gives the play authenticity, the respect of a classic, an epic visual scope and a sensibility that's blissfully free of any generational self-pity. It seems to be the movie he was born to make, and he serves it well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harry IV is an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A respectful, accomplished, non-exploitative piece of historical filmmaking and -- for audiences -- a gripping white-knuckle ride all the way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The real joy here is the performance of Jean Dujardin, who, besides being very funny as the Gallic Maxwell Smart, is also enormously charismatic and is made to look uncannily (and I do mean uncannily) like the young Sean Connery of "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger."
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    This moody, progressively enthralling little French psychodrama is very much it's own thing: a boldly conceived, impeccably crafted and wonderfully enigmatic two-character study that turns out to be a most powerful showcase for its two stars.
    • 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.

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