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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Toy Story 2
Lowest review score: 0 Mary Reilly
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An uncompromising and ultimately chilling look at individual creativity trampled by corporate greed, and its timing could not be more appropriate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Changeling doesn't care if you love it or hate it, it makes no compromises to fashion and it's charged with that unmistakable assurance of a master filmmaker at his creative peak.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Though it's unflinching in its depiction of homosexual affection, the marvel of the movie is the dexterity with which it transcends the specificity of its characters and gay theme to be a universal human statement and profound political epic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The Reader is significant because -- like another film opening today, "Valkyrie" -- it asks us to see not just the Jews but the whole German people as victims of the Holocaust, and to view Nazism as more a product of explicable ignorance than inexplicable evil.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The movie works like a clock. A few minor quibbles aside (the casting of Hitler, for instance), Valkyrie is a highly intelligent and deeply engrossing historical drama and, frame for frame, the year's most suspenseful nail-biter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's an exciting action spectacle and a thoughtful, cumulatively moving family drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Susan Sarandon has never been more outrageously appealing. Natalie Portman is simply exquisite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Harris genuinely seems to be at one with the character, and his movie is eerily alive.
    • 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.
    • 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
    An imaginative self-profile of producer Robert Evans, could well be the most totally irresistible movie of the summer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Like all great film noir, however, the real delight of this film is in its mood and atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A mesmerizingly suspenseful drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A clever, charming, laugh-out-loud-funny road comedy that works in almost every scene.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A delectable must-see.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    An extraordinarily exciting, absorbing and satisfying movie. Not quite "Seabiscuit," but comfortably close.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    One terrific comedy that doesn't let up for an instant... a total hoot.
    • 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.

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