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 Rififi (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 The Musketeer
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    The results are being billed as a reunion of the "Titanic" star team, but anyone expecting a similarly gushy romantic idyll is in for a shock: it is an uncompromisingly dreary view of two self-deluded people incapable and unwilling to understand one another.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 William Arnold
    With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Despite a few places where the air of déjà vu is a bit too thick, it's a class act, with a textured script, one of the series' more stunning title sequences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Forster carries the movie with an effortless grace and professionalism, creating a character of surprising nobility who is the very opposite of the Willy Loman caricature that's been the de rigueur salesman stereotype in movies of the past 50 years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Works mostly off Quaid's performance.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Too bad they didn't skip the gags and one-liners, along with the songs, and go the distance in making this an authentic dinosaur world.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A powerful experience, filled with dazzlingly executed action sequences that generally avoid the rock music and drugged-out conventions of "Apocalypse Now," and even exude a certain core of humanity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    She's foul-mouthed, trashy, a legal pit bull ... and she's wonderful.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Although it's often uneven and rambling, its sum conveys an unusual richness and satisfaction. While most films these days are about nothing, this film seems to be about everything that's plaguing the human spirit in a relentlessly globalizing world.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    At 160 minutes, it's a bit long and uneventful for anyone who is not at least a moderate fan of the musicals.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    An endearing comedy that could well end up being one of the year's big hits.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Melancholy, haunting and riveting true-crime saga.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Jewison handles this rich tapestry of non-linear scenes with the skill of the old pro he is, and carefully modulates the drama to create the maximum emotional impact.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Has the sensibility of a Hollywood "woman's picture" of the '40s -- the weepie saga of a married woman trapped in an untenable situation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A suspenseful, fascinating movie that milks the premise for all it's worth.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It has a terrific retro style, it's well-directed and it makes an engrossing showcase for its trio of stars.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Many will find the subject matter disturbing, but it's clearly one of the holiday season's richest and most daring movie entries.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    As a goofy little fantasy, however, this film has loads of charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Its overall effect is haunting, hypnotic and moving in a profound and unexpected way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    An extraordinarily absorbing neo-realistic tragedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Goes down like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Above all, the film is just wonderfully ... well, Fellini-esque. It looks like nothing the cinema has seen since then.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It's a beautifully crafted, almost perfectly sustained little drama that skillfully makes a subtle, bittersweet point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Covers this exact same territory, but does it with such refreshing, clearheaded honesty and skill it seems like a revelation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Skillfully crafted, flawlessly paced, intellectually challenging tension of classics like "Bad Day at Black Rock."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Not quite a masterpiece perhaps, but a visually stunning mountain drama, and an absorbing look at a dying culture.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A perceptive, fascinating and relatively evenhanded look at the most radical arm of the American student rebellion of the Vietnam era.

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