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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Cars
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    That rare thing at the movies these days: a new experience. It awes us with its technological feat, it sweeps us up in its mystical spell and, with its final scene -- it takes us to an emotional climax of almost unbearable poignancy.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    After a somewhat shaky start, the film gradually settles in to become another extraordinarily powerful and explosively acted drama that deftly probes the moral responsibility of an artist in a totalitarian society.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a terrific movie -- intelligent, magnificently acted, highly compelling as a thriller, and downright scary in its implications for the corporate-run world of the new millennium.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Like all great film noir, however, the real delight of this film is in its mood and atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Shines with the kind of honesty that's very scarce in today's ultra-manipulative cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's still nothing quite as thrilling on the screen as the spectacle of an icon movie star in a perfectly tailored role.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The formula has rarely been done as well as it is in this goofy, audacious, visually stylized omnibus of what-ifs that operates on its own peculiar logic, and powers along with the force of a truck on the Autobahn.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is exactly what it's billed to be: the successful blending of two distinctly different filmmaking sensibilities from two different generations. But the stronger, and more pessimistic, sensibility -- Kubrick's -- carries the day.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A happy surprise: a timely antidote to the comic-book mindlessness of "Spider-Man" and repetitive space fantasy of "Star Wars," and an encouraging bid from the top of the A-list to once again reach very high and spit in the face of the gutless formula filmmaking that rules Hollywood.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The film's real feat may be in its production design, in the sumptuousness and veracity with which it re-creates central Saigon and the Vietnamese countryside of the '50s: an exotic lost world of brothels and opium dens, trishaws and ao-dai dresses, Ming-deco interiors and water buffalos in rice paddies.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Not only is it an enormously entertaining study of a curiously American institution, it also manages to be a nail-biting competition film, an engrossing group character study and a wonderfully graceful comedy of manners.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Reminds us of just how exciting and satisfying the fantasy cinema can be when it's approached with imagination and flair.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A delectable must-see.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not the most viscerally exhilarating racing saga or squishy animal movie ever made, but it's a terrific period piece. It's also a well-acted, engrossing and satisfying character drama that stands out like a diamond in this summer of sequels and comic-book violence.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie is a delicious, consistently hilarious screwball farce that gives Clooney his best comedy role to date and should finally, forever, lift the Coens into the wide-release movie mainstream.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The sharpest journalism thriller I've seen in years: an absolutely riveting drama that doesn't glorify its subject in the slightest and shrewdly says a lot of very sad things about the state of modern journalism.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    No, it doesn't exactly re-create the magic that made the original such an instant classic, but it's faster and more involving than "Reloaded" and it rounds off the premise and themes of the trilogy in a surprisingly satisfying way.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Its elements all come together with an unforced perfection, every scene feels real and alive in a way that many of his more surrealistic later films do not, and Leonard Maltin, for one, has argued that I Vitelloni is no less than Fellini's masterpiece.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An extraordinarily exciting, absorbing and satisfying movie. Not quite "Seabiscuit," but comfortably close.

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