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 Dracula
Lowest review score: 0 Whipped
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Not quite up to the exalted level of the two predecessors ("Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2"), be assured it's still the most eye-popping and thoroughly entertaining animated film to come down the pike so far this year.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    An absorbing slice of the New China and a fascinating duel between two magnificently stubborn antagonists.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The movie misfires: It's numbingly cold and soulless, and the zeitgeist stays far beyond its reach. But it's so visually striking you almost don't notice, its relentlessly somber mood has a certain masochistic appeal and, while hardly a career-redefining performance, Hanks is as winning as ever.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The surprise is that it's one of the most exciting and enjoyable disaster epics to come out of Hollywood in some time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Comes together with a wry sense of humor, a total lack of gratuitous movie nonsense and a graceful dignity that allows the humanity of his characters to shine through in a very special way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Grueling but ultimately rewarding new documentary.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Ireland says he was after the kind of "elegant simplicity" of the great Hollywood romantic dramas of the '50s, and, for the most part, this is exactly what he pulls off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It's a brilliant little microcosm of the '60s experience that, in a most gentle way, shows us how the counterculture probably was doomed from its inception.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A highly original, often hilarious, what-if farce about Watergate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Has a slight bite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Secretary is one of the best of a growing strain of daring films -- "Bliss," "The Lifestyle," "Satin Rouge" -- that argue that any sexual relationship that doesn't hurt anyone and works for its participants is a relationship that is worthy of our respect.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Like Lyne's other heavy-breathers, this one has glossy production values, a relentlessly somber mood and its share of sexual gymnastics. But it's atypical and unique in the way it builds a volcano waiting to erupt with nail-biting anticipation and sympathy for all three characters.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Best of all, the second Potter movie reunites its adult cast: Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Julie Walters and others -- a veritable Who's Who of British actors that single-handedly elevates the proceedings out of the kid's movie genre into something special.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Fascinating.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Hayek throws herself into this dream Hispanic role with a teeth-clenching gusto. She strikes a potent chemistry with Molina and she gradually makes us believe she is Kahlo.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The artist's life and times were turbulent and tragic, but the effect of the movie is the opposite: it's somehow a very calming, almost Zenlike experience, and it left me with a peaceful glow that I managed to carry around for the rest of the day.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    I loved it...Without trying very hard, Farnsworth commands a unique and immensely appealing screen presence that could be called "a compilation of all the great western heroes of the movie past."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Like Kubrick, Field doesn't make any moral judgments about his characters, and his film remains stubbornly enigmatic. It can be read as a high-class revenge thriller, an ode to the futility of vengeance or almost anything in between.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Douglas brings a hilarious kind of Gordon Gekko assurance to his character, and Brooks' long-suffering, naggy persona -- which hasn't had a showcase this strong since "Lost in America" -- sparks off it like Hope with Crosby.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Washington brings it off with an unforced and well-earned emotional wallop, and whose strong hand, keen eye, sweet spirit and good taste are reflected in almost every scene.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    All told, this first Bond of the new millennium may be far from the best of the series, but it's assured, wonderfully respectful of its past and thrilling enough to make it abundantly clear that this movie phenomenon has once again reinvented itself for a new generation, and is very likely to outlive us all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    If the new Ocean's Eleven is mostly Clooney's show, he's more than up to the task of carrying it. Indeed, this could be his career-defining role: The twinkle in his eye has never seemed more disreputable, his devil-may-care charm has never seemed so appealing, and he dominates the movie with the graceful ease of a Golden Age Hollywood star.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    There's no denying the skill and flair with which director Paul Greengrass has restaged this unhappy event, creating an uncanny sense of immediacy and allowing us to be a fly on the wall at a seminal '70s tragedy.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Another harrowingly cynical dirty-cop movie in the recent tradition of "Training Day" and "Narc." Yet it's so much more complex, engrossing and satisfying than those films that the comparison is not entirely fair.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It captures the excitement of a breaking star, it generates a raw and unsettling emotional power and it honors the aesthetic of hip-hop in way that's never quite been done on film before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Mesmerizing and curiously satisfying idyll that gradually, slyly maneuvers us into a whole new way of looking at the delicate relationship between man, art and Mother Nature.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Avoid the hype, just go enjoy the movie
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Mostly very good. It's exactly the big fix of Saturday-matinee adventure, blazing special effects, inside humor and sly self-references for which its fans have been lusting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Moves like a bullet and, even if they're overblown, the action sequences are still mostly exhilarating and hypnotic. Moreover, the film's human dimension and character development is richer and more rewarding than the genre requires, and its philosophical underpinning more intellectually audacious and seductive: The film is more of a mind-trip than I expected.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It also boosts the punch of the movie that so many of its action scenes evoke the Iraqi War news footage of the past month, and the "X-Men" premise -- people persecuted because their difference makes them seem threatening -- carries even more relevancy and weight than it did three years ago.

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