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

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 There Will Be Blood
Lowest review score: 0 The Oh in Ohio
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a disarmingly entertaining fashion, this multiaward-winning German bittersweet comedy seems to encapsulate all the emotion and drama of that profound geopolitical event.
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's a well-crafted, intelligent, no-nonsense western epic that zips us through the famous siege and the birth of Texas with style, verve and impressive historical accuracy.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Potter 3 is, in its heart of hearts, a teenage angst movie...Cuaron has done a masterful job of bringing off this shift in the Potter paradigm without disrupting any disruption in the established style of the series and without any pandering concessions to the teen-movie genre.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Forget "Raising Helen" and "The Notebook," this is the movie summer's most touching young romance.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It struck me as the most exciting and original Hollywood thriller, occult or otherwise, since "The Sixth Sense."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    There's nothing harder for an actor to play than a thoroughly good character, and Staunton does it with a dowdy, sublime originality.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's not his (Scorsese) best film, but it's his most accessible and most thoroughly entertaining.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    In a movie era when brand names mean very little, it shows once again that Pixar is a stamp of quality.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    Several times, Hotel Rwanda teeters on the edge of making a unique, visionary statement about our times, but can't quite do it. Too bad. If it could have pulled itself together in one brilliant scene, this may have been a great movie, instead of just a very good one.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    A clever, charming, laugh-out-loud-funny road comedy that works in almost every scene.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    It's by far the most uncompromising and unapologetic gay-themed drama ever made for a wide release by a major Hollywood studio with name stars.
    • 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.