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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 Sin City
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Very much a '70s-style paranoid thriller, with a mood, tone and cascade of plot twists that are highly reminiscent of his 1975 classic, "Three Days of the Condor."
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Technically, the film is consistently impressive. It creates a grimly gothic vision of a crime-ridden and depression-ravaged Gotham City, a dandy pair of chase sequences involving the new generation Batmobile and a range of innovative visual effects.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most inspirational sports movie to come along in many a month.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A paragon of subtlety. Yet this message is exactly what we carry out of the theater, and it lingers on with a powerful resonance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    So devoid of the usual coarse Hollywood calculation that it plays like a breath of fresh air.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare animal, a dialogue-driven comedy -- and a good one at that. While one or two of its scenes may seem a tad too talky for today's low-attention spans, the script is mostly razor-sharp acerbic and sophisticated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sum of the movie is devastating. One takes out of it a sense that the human cost of our endless adventure in Iraq is going to be incalculable, perhaps catastrophic -- a psychological time bomb that will be exploding for decades to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harry IV is an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unpredictable, unusual, consistently engrossing drama of a kind that has almost disappeared from Hollywood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a low-key, subtly inspirational drama that builds its charm slowly but surely.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Some will find the surprise pleasant, others unpleasant. Whatever it is, it's the least commercial, most somberly heartfelt movie ever made by the cinema's most commercially successful filmmaker.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a richly textured, leisurely paced, visually impressionistic epic of the American past that fairly hypnotizes the viewer with its tapestry of sights, sounds and colors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film is magnificently mounted, it moves like a speeding bullet and it's so respectful of Superman traditions that even the pickiest of die-hard fans should love it. After a lapse of two decades, it revitalizes the franchise and makes it seem fresh and alive.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie offers one authentically terrific performance: Beach as Hayes. He's so painfully sympathetic in the role that he absolutely breaks your heart, and he looks like the front-runner in the best-supporting actor Oscar race.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    For all its unevenness, Bobby is a powerful, poignant movie and its ending -- played over a long excerpt of one of RFK's most compassionate speeches, voiced with none of the cliches of political rhetoric -- was, for me, the movie year's single most devastating sequence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Though it seems long and its pace occasionally lags, it certainly struck me as a well-mounted, gloriously eye-filling and often exhilarating entertainment that brings back some of the delicious excitement of the great movie musicals.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A highly original and progressively riveting personal adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Broad and funny, its sensibility is very campy and it's out to be loved by everyone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An exhilarating musical experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It works on several levels, and stands out as a wistful meditation on the psychological cost of 9/11.
    • 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."
    • 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.