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 Mystic River
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 42 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    The film's creepier moments are pathetically weak, and its thematic update fails to attain the minimal credibility that even a wild farce needs to sustain itself.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Romano just doesn't have the stuff to bring off a role that requires a Jimmy Stewart or Tom Hanks. He's supposed to be overshadowed by his nemesis, of course, but Hackman chews him up and spits him out so effectively that the movie is glaringly lopsided.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Surprisingly, the weak link is Dunst, who's previously been the delight of all her movies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    I walked out of it feeling much the same way I did after "The Cat in the Hat" and "The Polar Express" -- jarred by its excess, undernourished by its lack of heart and bored by its lack of originality.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    It is long, mediocre and rather pointless. [07 Apr 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Amateur, the fourth film of American independent filmmaker Hal Hartley, is by far his best - though, in the wake of "The Unbelievable Truth," "Trust" and "Simple Men," that is, admittedly, not saying much. [05 May 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    JFK
    It is preachy, didactic and heavy-handed as only an Oliver Stone movie can be. And yet ... and yet... despite all this, the film has an undeniable cumulative power. [20 Dec 1991]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Directed with a Scorsese-ish flair by actor John Shea (who also plays a small part), the film is loaded with gritty atmosphere and touches of authenticity. [12 Jun 1998]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Conceptually, the film is unique - it's a kind of nostalgia movie within a nostalgia movie. [16 Apr 1999]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Cult-favorite director Victor Salva ("Jeepers Creepers" I & II) is a competent visual storyteller and the film believes in itself so strongly (and with such a straight face) that it's hard not to halfway enjoy it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Ends badly, with a clumsy, nihilistic coda that leaves one uncertain how to feel about the story, confused as to what point has been made and not at all convinced that the new South Africa will be that much different from the old one.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The writing here is truly dismal.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    While Madison is earnest and inoffensive, it offers no surprises, few fascinating characters and a hackneyed script.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It never quite takes off.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Haskell comes off as a jerk -- but Mark somehow looks even worse: not just insincere but weak, vain and vindictive.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    This harmless but mediocre enterprise was doomed to failure from the start. Hollywood magic can do a lot, but it can't raise the dead.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Even though the supporting cast is likable and the film hits all the beats of its formula, it's weak, as if everyone has been to the well one too many times.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Its heart is in the right place and it resists the temptation to junk up the story, but Depp does nothing with his character and the movie has little of the unique wit or panache that would make it appealing to an older-than-10 audience.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Makes a serviceable summer shoot-'em-up, but it's surprisingly trashy and rather stupid, and its efforts toward being a gripping military drama in the Tom Clancy tradition are fairly pathetic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Greenstreet captures all the hubbub on film but, while he makes the point that we are indeed a house divided, he can't quite persuade us that this particular situation is a metaphoric example of our national malaise.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Surreal, vaguely amusing, European-made drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's a colorful and exuberant but by-the-numbers and fairly charm-free concoction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It disrespects Seattle. Not only is this yet another filmed-in-Vancouver movie that's supposed to be set here, it takes place in a blinding rainstorm of the kind only a Hollywood rain machine can make. As we all know, it never rains like that in Seattle.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Nothing at all special. It's one more cheesy, broadly played, poorly paced, instantly forgettable August action movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Step Up never quite does fly: its dance routines are low-voltage, the star chemistry is weak, the characters are clichés and the movie is practically an instant remake of Dewan's other '06 dance musical, "Take the Lead," which told the story better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The Black Dahlia, looks so terrific and is filled with so many imaginatively showy sequences and masterful directorial touches that you almost don't notice that, in every other way, it's just not a very good movie.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The new production is handsome and offers a few riveting moments, but it's basically a botched job that misses all the impact of both the original movie and the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren that inspired it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie itself cannot begin to match its delicious high concept. It's offensively funny in places but it can't sustain itself for a feature length running time and it's not nearly as clever or as fun as it should be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    With the original stage cast, the film is doggedly faithful to the play but has failed to translate it into much of a film.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Some of it works, most of it doesn't. But the real problem of the movie is that it's so utterly lacking in freshness and originality. This is exactly the kind of formulaic indie gay comedy that was so overdone in the '80s and '90s that it became a film festival cliché.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It is a fairly routine exercise in New Millennium movie mayhem.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Ponderously plotted, poorly cast, visually undistinguished and devoid of any real verve or charm.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Certainly, it's mediocre, but no more so than half the comedies that are wildly promoted by their studios these days.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    More mediocre than magical.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Definitely deserves points for trying to be something thought-provoking and different, but it doesn't really stand up to analysis and it comes off as a pretentious mess.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The script is fatally stupid, most of the gags fall flat, the secondary characters add little, Hudson fails to make anything interesting out of the exasperated heroine, and the endless references to McConaughey's sexual prowess finally become revolting.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The best thing -- maybe the only good thing -- about the expensive sci-fi movie, Jumper, is its high-concept premise, which gives its hero the power of teleporting himself anywhere on the globe in the blink of an eye: from the Coliseum of Rome to the North Pole.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Such an air of dumbness hovers over the movie, and it's all played so broadly that nothing about it is remotely believable.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    There's no real wit or cleverness to the script.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie also qualifies as a kind of low-rent, male version of "Dreamgirls," but -- while many of the numbers are pleasant -- it doesn't have the moxie to work as a musical.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Not as funny as the original, not nearly as funny.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's endlessly confusing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Has good intentions and the element of surprise -- it's never quite clear where it's going at any given point.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Predictable and agonizingly politically correct.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's too quick, too pat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    A fairly depressing experience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Morrow and Linney are gifted, extremely likable actors, and the movie has some ingratiating moments and a seductive soundtrack. But there's a by-the-numbers inevitability to every scene, and it never clicks into place to be anything special.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    A new millennium version of "A Hard Day's Night" without any wit to balance the silliness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The second-class status of women in Korean society is a reminder of Confucianism's dark side. For all its pretty cinematic images and well-meaning bows to a vanishing literary tradition, this movie is a celebration of that dark side.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Visually impressive but exceedingly unpleasant little nail-biter.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie is all action. But there's no pacing, no suspense and no vulnerability for the protagonist so it all soon gets numbingly tiresome.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Williams' self-conscious and rather bland performance never comes close to bringing his character to life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    This documentary fails to grasp AIDS as a theme.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Mystery Men must have seemed magically goofy on storyboards, but has somehow turned into unappealing mush by the time it made it to the screen.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie never gets off the ground. Kaufman's script is never especially clever and often is rather pretentious.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Despite several touching scenes, the script comes perilously close to being maudlin and, while competent, Polley doesn't have the flair to make anything special out of her big role.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's routine, TV sitcom fodder, but the supporting cast is better than average.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Neither (Gooding nor Ulrich) has the distincitve spark of an action hero, and their Butch and Sundance repartee falls so consistently flat that you end up feeling a little embarrassed for them.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    A clumsy, heavy-handed and unnecessarily sordid occult thriller that somehow has managed to generate a big pre-release buzz.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It’s a comedy, a romantic star vehicle, a thriller, a horror movie and a quasi-environmental parable that's calculated to appeal to all demographic groups. It's not enough of any one of these things to be particularly engaging.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    In many ways this is an extraordinary movie: there's probably never been such a portrait of a major star in the grip of old age.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's just one more competent but routine, midlevel ($70 million) late-summer action movie filled with the usual explosions, shootouts and male bonding.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Its sex is brutal, its depiction of human nature is crude and pessimistic, and its climax -- which involves animal mutilation -- is enough to ruin your whole week.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The repulsive turn of events erased all my good memories of the first half, and makes the movie hard to recommend to a normal human being.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's an unpleasant experience, and a long one, that gets more morose and melodramatic as it goes along.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    A fairly loathsome and shallow movie about loathsome and shallow people, but it's almost worth catching to see star Christian Bale chew up the scenery.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    When its big plot switcheroo comes, it proves to be not such a great idea after all: It actually weakens, rather than strengthens, the premise, and dissipates, rather than intensifies, the drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's a formula job all the way, filled with pratfalls, flying food, much male incompetence in the face of child-rearing realities, and a cast of violence-prone children on sugar highs who somehow turn into angels by the film's last sappy moments.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    DeVito definitely has a gift for absurd black humor that kicks in here and there, but Adam Resnick's script is slavishly mean-spirited.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The script consists largely of goofy little scenes in which various groupings of the four characters banter in that nervous, Woody Allen-ish, never particularly funny or endearing or believable dialogue style of the '90s dating movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The script (by Cheryl Edwards, who wrote "Save the Last Dance") is shallow and dumb, the conflict (success goes to Jackie's head) is especially unconvincing, and director Charles S. Dutton shamelessly allows his own small part (as Jackie's mentor) to hog the camera.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It is strangely paced (especially in the beginning), always confusing to follow, and extremely awkward as a romance.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    In the end, it's just a pointless downer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The bogus Seattle setting creates an additional problem for local moviegoers. Because we know Seattle doesn't have a subway, giant FBI building or newspapers called Telegraph or Tribune, we're jarred out of the story so regularly that it leaves us slightly punch-drunk.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Too much of the humor falls flat. Thomas' numerous chase sequences through the streets, over the rooftops and through the airways of Budapest seem numbingly repetitive, and the script's reliance on castration gags betrays its overall lack of imagination.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    A series of Grand Guignol skits played for mean-spirited laughs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Reportedly, Lucas has been tinkering with this "director's cut" for nearly two years, so its sound and visual elements -- which were fairly impressive to begin with -- have been markedly enhanced, while new digital backgrounds give the film a more epic scale. Still, it's an extraordinarily unengaging and tedious affair.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The mystery is never very compelling, Paul McGuigan's direction tends to be obvious and flat, many of the characters are stagy and unconvincing, and Bettany doesn't have anywhere near the star power to hold the movie together.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's a strange and strangely unaffecting little drama -- but played very flat, with no particular emotional impact sought or achieved.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Baldwin and Broderick each click in their roles and consistently rise above their material in every scene. But the movie around them falls flat and can't begin to sustain its premise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Fails to be anything special. It makes passable preteen entertainment but comes off as clunky and heavy-handed in most of the places it should be graceful and enchanting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    There's not a vaguely sympathetic character in sight; Kureishi ultimately seems prudishly disapproving of his heroine's last gasp of sexual adventure; and what another writer might have found liberating and healing, he finds distasteful and destructive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Ostensibly a love story, the film is also handicapped by Téchiné's strong gay sensibility and clear lack of romantic interest in his characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's well-acted by a likable cast and is well-intended, but it misses: It doesn't come off as the powerful socio-environmental statement it wants to be.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Basically lives up to the old adage that the final work in a trilogy is invariably the weakest.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    As always with Stone, the film has some gritty performances and a certain likable audacity.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's a much more interesting and engrossing film than its somewhat nefarious reputation may indicate -- though, granted, elements of it are very hard to take, and it finally leaves you feeling pretty down and out.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Outrageously confident and wearing a kilt through the mayhem, Jackson proves once again that he has few equals in bringing off a broad, over-the-top lead.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It has its charms, but fails to strike a similar emotional chord.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Not terrible, but distinctly disappointing, not nearly as engaging or thrilling as its premise seems to promise.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Edgy, hard-boiled crime drama that is very much in this Tarantino-esque tradition.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Too dumb and improbable to even go into.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The finished film, while competently acted and staged, has missed the high mark Spacey set for it. It's self-important, tedious and ultimately pointless, with absolutely none of the sardonic wit that remains the most memorable feature of "American Beauty."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Poetic Justice is much more self-indulgent and self-consciously arty and shows [Singleton's] directorial inexperience in almost every scene. [23 Jul 1993]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The film works up to a totally conventional ending: It's never much of a comedy or an exploration of the phone-sex phenomenon, and it often seems to be just an excuse for Madonna, John Turturro, Quentin Tarantino and other Lee pals to make cameo appearances and mug for the camera. [22 Mar 1996, p.24]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The premise clicks, the stars couldn't be more likable, and It Takes Two is as cute and imaginatively directed a family movie as we've had all year. [17 Nov 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 27 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The unlikely marriage of Murphy and Craven is indeed strange, and it results in what often seems to be two diametrically opposed movies in one. Still, it's not quite as bad an idea as it sounds, and the movie is passably entertaining. [27 Oct 1995, p.30]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's fun in places, and moves like a bullet, but it's also clumsy and mostly quite routine - and seems a particular letdown considering it was made with a blank check from 20th Century-Fox and the services of John Travolta at the peak of his career. [9 Feb 1996, p.25]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Unfortunately, director John McNaughton cannot give the script the stylistic unity, black humor or plausibility it needs to rise above an incurably adolescent macho sex fantasy. [5 Mar 1993, p.6]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The film probably should have been a comedy. It would be a lot more cathartic - and a lot more entertaining - to laugh at the grim modern world of Falling Down than it is to have a heavy-handed filmmaker rub our faces in the hopelessness of it all. [26 Feb 1993, p.14]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-Fat is so charismatic in his second Hollywood outing, The Corruptor, that he almost makes us forget that the movie itself is one of the more pretentious, muddled and incompetent action films to come along in some time. [12 Mar 1999]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Even with the good performances, the paces are just agonizingly familiar. [24 Oct 1997]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Seems like very tame stuff, with little in the way of graphic sex and all the baggage of a run-of-the-mill art-house costume drama.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A poorly written collection of comic-book movie cliches that offers nothing new to the genre, generates very little in the way of action thrills and plays like a self-important, humorless rip-off of "Kill Bill."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The film is a dud in the tradition of such weak horror sequels as "Exorcist II" and "Dracula's Dog."
    • 36 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's an abysmal movie.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Judd Apatow brings no cleverness or wit to his one-joke situation, and he can't give it the kernel of credibility that even a low comedy needs to sustain itself for a feature length.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    An undistinguished treasure-hunting epic that rips off the 1977 movie, "The Deep," in virtually every frame. It's pretty to look at, but so low-voltage and instantly forgettable that it's hardly worth anyone's time.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Every swing of its plot is preposterous, it stumbles to a trick climax that any regular moviegoer will figure out in the first 10 minutes, and the ending is so absurdly unmotivated that it plays like a slap in the face.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The air of deja vu is thick as molasses in Glory Road, a lively but overly slick and grindingly predictable sports drama.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Somehow the screwball concoction does not jell. The stars are pleasant but unexciting, the goofy ensemble has a few moments of hilarity but never catches fire, the laughs are very scattered and the film's title is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Farrell is badly miscast as an ethnic Italian with an inferiority complex, the star-crossed love story has very little emotional pull, and even the (heavily CGI-enhanced) period atmosphere ultimately seems rather forced and self-conscious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The filmmakers have wildly miscalculated the chemistry these real-life lovers generate on film.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    New director John Moore just doesn't have original director Richard Donner's filmmaking flair, so the same scenes done the same way on phony-looking Prague locations without the benefit of Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score just seem terminally slow and flat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's not terrible, but it's mediocre and not much more than a string of cheesy sex gags.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The cast tries hard and a sprinkling of laughs results, but the project is defeated by a concept that is not very novel, a script that is not especially witty, direction that is neither sharp nor insightful and one-note characters that are simply not very interesting.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    In the end, there's also something distinctly distasteful about a movie in which the central figure casts himself as noble martyr while character-assassinating his parents.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    If, like me, you haven't read this book, the movie makes little sense, and has zero inspirational kick. It's just a depressing parable about a fellow who sinks lower and lower in life until he figures out a nebulous new way to sell God to the masses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The bad news is that Ferrell's modestly likable performance is the ONLY good thing about this misguided comedy that's so tiresomely written, badly acted by a stellar cast and ploddingly directed (by art-house whiz Marc Forster) that it just never quite gets off the ground.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Far from the worst movie of 2006, but it may be the most disappointing. It should have been wonderful -- a delicious tribute to classic Hollywood -- but it simply doesn't come off.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The two central performances are competent but uninspired -- and annoyingly mannered. Pearce's Warhol is a one-note, irresponsible villain and Miller's Sedgwick is a shallow, pretentious party girl who chain-smokes her way through every scene.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    All told, this thing has to be one of the dullest caper movies ever made.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie's one saving grace is Olyphant ("Live Free and Die Hard," HBO's "Deadwood"), whose sociopathic elegance is gradually winning, and whose dry, monotonic, Eastwood-like delivery of one-liners is frequently, if perhaps unintentionally, very funny.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The film's first-time director, the TV-commercial-trained Marcel Langenegger, is out to emulate Hitchcock with dashes of "Vertigo," "Strangers on a Train" and more. But his homage is uninspired and disconnected, and his film is a bore.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie is sporadically funny in an anarchistic way. But Cho and Penn don't have the needed personality or comic identity to sustain a franchise and their non-drug humor is so crude and scatological that -- to say the least -- it leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Dempsey also needs some fashion advice. As always, he sports his trademark five o'clock shadow in every scene (which in itself is excessive). But with Dempsey at age 42, it's beginning to make his face look more sinister than sexy, less Dr. McDreamy, more Richard Nixon.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    This ill-fitting Tuxedo is strictly off-the-rack.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Most of its characters come off as being one-dimensional and stereotypical, and the film's sensibility leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A botched job: the various relationships and personal histories of the characters are never made clear, the last act is glaringly disjointed, the writing and direction are all over the map.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    But the main reason you might find the film a bad trip is that its 30-year-old Holden Caulfield-type hero is so harrowingly unsympathetic: unpleasant, unappealing, self-pitying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    As a thriller it's dull and incomprehensible; as a romance it's empty and emotionally uninvolving; and as a character study it's strangely repulsive.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Does have one saving grace, however. As Nick's long-suffering wife, Blanchett gives the movie some badly needed charisma, and its one point of sympathy -- even nobility.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's an original and rather clever premise, but first-time director Chris Koch doesn't do anything with it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Lively but incredibly dumb.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    So full of limp slapstick silliness and stock characters that it's hard to stay awake through it.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    This is still Reiner's worst movie since 1994's "North." Wilson is lackluster, the film's depiction of the collaborative process is (unlike "Adaptation") tortuously false, and it's so disrespectful to the realities of writing and publishing that it has no satiric bite.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie also has a supernatural element: the leader of the renegades (Eric Schweig) turns out to be a sorcerer with occult powers. It's very clumsy, and speaks to the pandering streak in Howard that has always prevented him from being a truly first-rate film artist.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    All these good elements have resulted in a movie that is not so much awful as mediocre, disconnected and ultimately incomprehensible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    One lousy little movie -- utterly devoid of any real originality or charm.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    There's not an authentically scary moment in it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The real problem here is that director Krueger has no flair as a writer or a director for inspired screwball comedy.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A redundancy, and a bore. The characters are harrowingly unsympathetic, the action sequences are by-the-numbers, and Carpenter's usual saving grace -- his sense of humor -- is nowhere in evidence.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Numbingly predictable and repetitive non-stop action.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Most of the publicity for Cold Creek Manor seems to imply that it's an occult thriller, specifically a Stephen King-ish haunted house movie. But no. This is a severe case of mistaken identity: In fact, there's not a supernatural bone in the movie's body.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    An intriguing concept, a storybook vision life in the great age of trans-Atlantic travel, a fine Ennio Morricone score and a credible performance by Roth.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    As weak a star vehicle as Hollywood has cranked out this millennium.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Progressively sabotaged by poor technical quality, terrible plotting, a glaring lack of directorial skill and finesse, scenes that have no credibility and/or motivation and an astounding sloppiness to its historical detail.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Sandler and Barrymore generate some believable, if low-voltage, chemistry: they're both so shallow and conceited and dingy that you think -- yes! -- in real life, these two people probably would go for each other in a second.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's so irrelevant, unambitious and lazy it almost seems to be thumbing its nose at the daring filmmaker Woody once was.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie around Stallone is fairly dreadful, so overly stylized and poorly written that it's always a struggle to stay oriented.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Doesn't have any of the creepy suspense that graced the first "Friday" movies, and very little of the Daliesque dream imagery of the early "Nightmares." It's just a slam-bang succession of gross-out mutilations, played for giggles.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie is just grindingly by-the-numbers: an uninspired brew of all the clichés of the kidnap-thriller genre, liberally seasoned with brutality, stirred at adrenaline-rush speed by a director with a heavy hand and very little imagination.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A sad, sad, sad, sad rip-off.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    One more bloated effects-o-rama lumbering through a formula plot (super-villain out to rule the world) without much zest, imagination or awareness of its own absurdity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The film never kicks in as a character study or a star vehicle.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    An exceedingly dull retro-weepie.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A resounding dud.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    When, in its eventful final act, Merhige finally reveals what this thing is REALLY all about, it comes not with any blissful storytelling satisfaction but a grinding sense that this strange movie is a structural mess.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Smith has badly overextended his modest filmmaking gifts.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's hard to imagine how anyone could sit through this thing except squirming critics and violence addicts in need of a particularly gruesome fix.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The film's technological selling point -- having a computer-animated Scooby in a mostly live-action world -- is strangely unimpressive. In fact, it's virtually unnoticeable: a testament perhaps to the audience's increasing knowledge that in today's CG-driven Hollywood, all movies are cartoons.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    To its credit, the film has an engagingly bleak and minimalist look, and a brisk pace. But the chills are few. Every step seems contrived, predictable or unintentionally funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    For 12-year-old boys, period.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The masochistic brutality it's selling still seems glaringly out of step with the current mood of the country.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Fairly incompetent as a musical and rather silly as a drama.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Truly, this is a bad script.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It is relatively suspenseless and often distastefully crude.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    This retread has been bloated far beyond its B-movie origins, beefed up with more characters and an all-star cast, stripped of any real suspense and loaded down with music cuts and one-liners aimed at pleasing a crowd of rowdy male teenagers.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The cumulative effect of the movie is repulsive and depressing.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    An uneasy mix that's too long, too confusing and too undramatically paced to be consistently gripping, and so blatantly panders to teenagers.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    A monstrous disappointment.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie is a misfire.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Quickly becomes an endurance test: like watching an old Carol Burnett skit that's not working, or a high school play that's trying to be bad.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Every frame of the way, it's eminently clear that Primer is the work of an engineer, not a film- maker.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Did it move me? And the answer is no. I thought it has a certain ghoulish, voyeuristic fascination, but I found it strangely remote and uninvolving on both emotional and spiritual levels.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Above all, Kranks lacks that basic kernel of credibility that even a goofy farce needs to work.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Ferrell, of course, has his moments. But he doesn't have an engaging "center" as a comedian.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Madonna herself is not so much terrible as merely uninvolving. She's quite credible as the harpy of the first act, but she can't pull off the transition and the spark that makes a movie star instantly sympathetic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    As hard as it tries to capture that blend of domestic comedy and paternal angst that made its predecessor a classic, it is still a pale shadow and a barely passable Steve Martin vehicle. [20 Dec 1991, p.10]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 32 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Good performances are mostly wasted. Phoef Sutton's adaptation of the Abrahams' novel is poor, it works to an absurdly unlikely and dramatically dishonest must-hit-a-home-run conclusion, and - though it tries here and there - it has absolutely nothing new to say on the subject of fan obsession. [16 Aug 1996. p.30]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Director John McTiernan is normally a competent director but he's simply not at his best here. He shows little flair for comedy, his performances are one-dimensional, and his action sequences are predictable and sometimes amazingly sloppy. [18 Jun 1993, p.5]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The Man Without a Face also manages to be an expression of Gibson's well-known political and sexual conservatism. It goes to some lengths to pay homage to John Wayne (three times) while the anti-war left of the '60s is brutally caricatured as a bunch of effete snobs, and the women in this movie are just in the way. [25 Aug 1993, p.c1]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The film's deliberate pace, its constantly confusing structure, its thematic vagueness and its clumsy and often embarrassingly amateurish Garden of Eden sequences combine to make The Loss of Sexual Innocence at best, a tough sit; at worst, a self-consciously arty parable of a self-indulgent filmmaker. [30 Jun 1999]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Johnny Suede seems in every way a pale imitation that is so vacuous and self-consciously hip that it just fades into nothingness. [13 Nov 1992]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 39 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It's a by-the-numbers action affair, and one that is considerably more mean-spirited and humorless than the norm. [4 Aug 1995, p.29]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    As usual, Albert Finney gives a towering performance in his new movie, "A Man of No Importance," and, as usual, the movie around his performance is not much. [03 Feb 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 16 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    A screaming, silly cliche -- and somehow not a bit scary.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    Unlike "Crying Game" (which, despite the gender confusion, definitely works as a love story for a general audience), the only emotion this movie evokes for its star-crossed lovers is an unpleasant sense of incredulity. [08 Oct 1993]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    Legends of the Fall is one of those movies that is so sloppy and so poorly written and so clumsily directed that every dramatic scene seems to either insult your intelligence or come off as being unintentionally hilarious. [13 Jan 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As far as these things go, the film's violence is not outrageously excessive.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As a director, Duchovny is in big trouble every frame of the way. His characters ring false, his scenes seem improperly motivated in a glaring way, and his distasteful obsession with imagery of unflushed cigarette butts bobbing in a toilet is beyond inexplicable.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Has to be one of the most absurd of all big-budget action movies, and that's saying something. It's just a blink away from over-the-top self-parody, and I'm pretty sure it's not trying to be.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It may be emblematic of new-millennium Hollywood that this movie has turned out to be one more emotionless, brainless, overproduced action film.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The script and direction by Irish filmmaker Mary McGuckian is just deadly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Pierson is a high-powered egotist with appalling tastes and a great-white-father complex, and his whiny family is about as much fun as fingernails on a blackboard.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It has the low-budget look and feel of an indie dating comedy -- and not a very good one at that.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Despite its title, the movie could hardly be less erotic. Indeed, promiscuity has never looked more totally unappealing, and its final scenes of Wilmot's advanced venereal disease are enough to make you take a vow of celibacy. A great date movie, this is not.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The movie is just this side of terrible. It misses all the charm and fun of the original. Allen's mugging is incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In a better movie, this grand-dame performance might have been fun, but it's surrounded here by an impossibly dull and unsatisfying whodunit plot, unintentionally funny dialogue and such absurdities as having Catherine stay up late one night and whip out an entire novel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's an unimaginative, mean-spirited affair that makes you hate yourself for laughing at it, and it's so devoid of anything close to wit, subtlety or sophistication that it stands as damning evidence that Hollywood has surrendered wholesale to stupidity and crassness.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It comes off as tedious, pretentious, self-indulgent, talky and so garbled it might have been improvised by the actors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A sleazy, uninspired, pathetically unfunny sex farce.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a tired rehash of animation cliches that distinguishes itself only by the extent to which it's crammed full of scatology and gleeful violence to animals, and otherwise panders to the worst instincts of its audience.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's hard to imagine how the movie year could possibly produce a more annoyingly stupid movie. It's so witless, broadly played and insulting to anyone's intelligence that it's almost as offensive, in its own way, as "Jackass: The Movie."
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    This is a much dumber movie than "The Lake House." In fact, the script is an ungainly mess and ultimately a shaggy-dog story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Sylvester Stallone is filming a new episode of his "Rambo" action series, but Mark Wahlberg has beaten him to the punch with Shooter, a preposterous gut buster that follows the formula so closely it would probably lose a plagiarism suit.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a tedious experience in almost every way: The acting is numbingly one-note, the CGI work is unconvincing and often downright shoddy, and the action is poorly staged and framed so close you can never tell for sure who is lopping off whose head.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As a thriller, Next goes a certain distance on Cage's sad-sack charm and sense of humor, but it does nothing with its intriguing premise, and it's mostly just one more tedious and progressively dumb collection of Hollywood action clichés.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The dismal high school comedy Charlie Bartlett has the look, feel and sentiment of a made-for-video cheapie that might have been grudgingly whipped together by Robert Downey Jr. as some sort of court-ordered community service project for his many drug busts.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Besides being inept, it's also pretentious and boring: an ambitious art film gone horribly wrong.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a complete by-the-numbers daddy-day-care movie that doesn't have a genuinely enchanting moment or shred of inspiration in its overlong running time.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Preposterous, empty-headed and tedious.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Is Hollywood so disconnected from its past and bankrupt of ideas that it doesn't even know this movie is a screaming cliché?
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Overly familiar, poorly cast and often annoyingly crude New York comedy that never finds its groove.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's lively but fails to disguise the fact that his (Charbanic) script is a dud and his career in videos has taught him little about the art of narrative storytelling.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    By the time the film plummets to its rock bottom, we find ourselves in a flag-waving no-brainer of the first order, and one of the most thoroughly confused morality tales in recent memory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Tautou seems tired, mean-spirited and utterly devoid of that Audrey Hepburn-like charm that made her the international movie find of 2001.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joel Schumacher, and reflects the worst of their shallow styles: wildly overproduced, inadequately motivated every step of the way and demographically targeted to please every one (and no one).
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    As dreary an hour-and-a-half as you could ever want to spend at the movies.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In this movie, he (Shelton) falls so hard he becomes, for the first time in his career, genuinely offensive.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A first-class snoozer.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An innocuous waste-of-time.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    In its best moments, resembles a bad high school production of "Grease," without benefit of song.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Contains much abuse and brutality, an annoying celebratory air of pimp-chic and enough explicit gay sex scenes to qualify as (very tepid) soft-core porn.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It is a foul-mouthed British underworld comedy so they may be hoping it will attract the hip audience of films like "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels."
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Resnick's script never engages, the stars can't find the keys to their broadly played characters, and Ephron's direction is harrowingly out of sync.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So witless, sit-com shallow and bad in every way that it's just not worthy of much discussion.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A movie in which almost nothing works.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Wants to be an offbeat, hard-edged, inspirational sports movie, but it misses its target by a country mile.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Mercifully short -- a mere 80 minutes, plus the end-titles. That means I had to slap myself in the face fewer times than usual to stay awake in a movie this grindingly mediocre.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So violent and junky it seems to have been designed as evidence for the growing congressional movement to censor Hollywood.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Its motif is self-pity, Steers displays no particular way with a scene, and, as Igby, Culkin exudes none of the charm or charisma that might keep a more general audience even vaguely interested in his bratty character.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a sorry specimen if ever there was one, and could even stand as an argument for how the movies have deteriorated in recent years.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It should have been a cut above the usual teen comedy. But it touches the same old bases in the same old dumb ways.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    A perfectly dreadful affair that makes no sense, has almost no good laughs and finally just sinks like a rock in a Beverly Hills swimming pool.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So uninvolving as basic storytelling that it quickly becomes boring.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Efforts to expand the envelope of grotesquery make the film repulsive and suspenseless, and it sorely misses original director Tobe Hooper's grisly, wily sense of humor.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Since the expensive new movie version of the popular video game, Tomb Raider, is very true to its origins, it's a colossal bore.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So bloated, self-righteous and exploitative, it's hard to imagine anyone staying to the end, much less demanding a sequel.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An incomprehensible mess -- so boring and numbingly unworkable that it's hard to imagine what he could have been thinking.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The movie is a resounding dud: immaculately composed and shot (very much in the Kaufman tradition), but riddled with crime-movie cliches, wincingly obvious in its plot twists and rather badly acted.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    An excruciating rehash that has virtually none of the wit and charm of the original.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Not only have they (Coen Brothers) stripped it of all its wit and charm, they've loaded it down with the kind of race-baiting and bathroom humor they've always avoided in the past.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    First-time director Steve Beck hurls a dozen ghosts and probably a million dollars' worth of prosthetic makeup at us for a full 90 minutes, but it's old hat and not a bit scary.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The whole enterprise is a colossal waste of everyone's time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unfortunately, this latest effort is so mean-spirited and nasty that you wish Farrell hadn't bothered.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    There's a huge subplot that makes absolutely no sense at all and, in the end, the only thing the movie has going for it is Diesel's Neanderthal charm.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Rarely has paper-casting worked as dismally as it does for Jason Lee and Tom Green.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The kangaroo is devoid of charm, as are the actors, who have the chemistry of fingernails on a blackboard.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Insipid, overcooked and dull.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film's one saving grace is Ledger (Mel Gibson's son in "The Patriot").
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Falls disastrously flat.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's been turned into a stupid kung fu movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Idiotic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Unlike original director Rob Cohen, Singleton has no gift for giddy action and his movie is a crashing bore.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film's deliberately overblown cartoonishness and its gleefully pandering adolescent cruelty never blend into the enjoyable style of, say, a good spaghetti western (Rodriguez's acknowledged model), or even a bad Quentin Tarantino movie.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Absurdly over the top and not especially funny.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Where "The Cat" book was anarchistic but ultimately sweet-spirited, this movie is ugly, dumb and colossally mean-spirited.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's a botched job...the new "Phoenix" lacks the very things that made the old one special.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Many regular moviegoers will be appalled by its gleeful crudity and saddened by the spectacle of three icon stars mugging through a farce that's not that many notches above "Jackass: The Movie."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Director Fran Rubel Kuzui ("Tokyo Pop") cannot begin to find the style that would give some unity and originality to this mess. The result is a grindingly dull horror comedy and an unnecessary satire of Valley Girls - a full decade after that phenomenon has come and gone. [31 Jul 1992, p.12]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's basically just more of the same maudlin sentimentality mixed with clumsy slapstick, hassled-father routines and Geritol jokes. [8 Dec 1995, p.29]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The biggest failing of the film is that it's the lamest possible excuse for a whodunit. [17 Apr 1998]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 28 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It is so contrived and utterly stupid in every way that it surely must be the nadir of the genre.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It tries to be a sappy love story, an incredibly vile gross-out comedy and an envelope-pushing soft-core porno movie all at once. It ends up being an unappealing abomination.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Terrible in a terrible way: It's pretentious, incomprehensible and just numbingly dull.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Universal Pictures has a lot of gall to pick up a movie as thoroughly awful as Empire and -- with a straight face and a $20 million or so ad campaign -- thrust it on the holiday movie market as if it were a significant piece of filmmaking.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    It doesn't have the imagination or daring to make a full turn to self-parody.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    An excruciatingly awful thriller.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    Stiller and Black have the chemistry of fingernails-on-blackboard and the movie is disastrously unfunny.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 16 William Arnold
    If you're addicted to Billy Bob Thornton's slovenly charm, and thrill to the prospect of watching him talk endlessly about his bodily functions and penchant for anal sex with obese women, this is your movie. If not, it's like 90 minutes in hell.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    The attainment it achieves is in the depths of pointless, mean-spirited exploitation.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Staggeringly awful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Disastrously unfunny sex farce.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Has the distinction of being the very worst of all the many film versions of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, "The Three Musketeers." Nothing else in Musketeer movie history comes even remotely close to its staggering wretchedness.
    • 10 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Perhaps there is a more excruciatingly painful and self-abusive way to spend 82 minutes. But I honestly can't think of what it would be.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    It's by far the worst comedy either he (Carrey) or the Farrelly Brothers have ever made.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 William Arnold
    Mary Reilly has the distinction of being the most pretentious, the most ponderous, the most utterly suspenseless. [23 Feb 1996]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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