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 Rumble in the Bronx
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1,179 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It marks an impressive debut for first-time writer-director Mark Romanek, especially considering his background is in music video. His script is uncluttered and potent, and his direction manipulates a devastating climax that ties the photo/voyeuristic theme together very effectively.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Somehow the movie works like a clock. Its scenes and sensibility are all more than familiar, but it exudes a kind of nostalgic spy-movie charm and, at the same time, is so fresh and free of the usual thriller nonsense that it all seems to be happening for the first time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Like Spielberg, even if the content is questionable or the performance is missing, his scenes always manage to be visually thrilling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It's an absorbing, progressively unsettling and ultimately very inspiring biographical reflection that, in the interest of creating its subject's internal landscape, plays some chilling tricks on its audience.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Marks a surprising maturity, restraint and confidence to Carrey's acting. Even more than "The Truman Show," he plays it perfectly straight here, and his natural charisma carries the movie with just the right dose of Jimmy Stewart charm.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A dazzling movie, gorgeous to look at, involving on both emotional and intellectual levels, and often thrilling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Simply enjoy its witty and expertly crafted scenes, its controlled performances, its eccentric but mostly admirable characters, its succession of bleak but cozily Nordic panoramas and its surprisingly optimistic view of the world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Both intellectually absorbing and emotionally gripping.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Movie is so hip-swingingly infectious and leaves us with such a high that it's hard not to suspect that -- handled right -- it could well become the fall version of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Philip Messina's claustrophobic sets and Cliff Martinez's elegantly creepy score add to the film's distinction and work off Clooney's performance and Soderbergh's staging to create an hypnotic spell and suggest a cosmos full of spiritual possibility.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A funny, sad, scary and ultimately tragic coming-of-age drama/black comedy that skillfully -- and uncompromisingly -- creates its own world and uniquely pessimistic vision.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Kidman's Virginia Woolf is already controversial -- Yet there's something fierce, noble and deeply affecting in her work that mirrors Woolf's prose style, and her turbulent presence is the soul of the movie.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A mostly fascinating, often frustrating, boldly uncommercial Hollywood version of a boldly uncommercial art film. It's very atypical of the previous work of both director and star, and it's as personal a film, I suspect, as Cruise will ever make.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Dazzles us with computer-generated animation that has never looked quite so boldly exotic or shimmeringly beautiful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Gradually and inexorably, the small crises of the children assume a poignant dramatic profluence, and the soothing patience of the teacher begins to have an almost hypnotically balming effect on the viewer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The music, art direction and camerawork blend together with an integrity and scope that's wonderfully exhilarating. Every frame seems to communicate the grandeur, power and fatal pull of the sea.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The film is an across-the-board charmer that should appeal to children as well as their parents, aficionados of animation and old-movie buffs who will be challenged to sort out the blur of seemingly hundreds of classic film references.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Most of the magic of this unusual movie comes from the freshness, imagination and sweet spirit of its animation, which is blissfully its own thing and does not show the influence of any of the reigning forces in the art form.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    In his first role since turning 40, Cruise displays a likable new maturity, and an unexpected willingness to look weak and foolish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    A gracefully subtle, sweet-spirited French parable of the brotherhood of man that was nominated for a Golden Globe, won Omar Sharif a César Award for best actor and has been a surprise hit in Europe.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Its script is sharp, its dialogue is acerbic, its stars could hardly be better and, in its more sparkling moments, it exudes some of the flavor and charm of the later Hepburn-Tracy comedies.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The French are very much the villains of the saga and, naturally, have always hated the movie (it was banned in Paris until 1971); and it remains controversial in other quarters as well because it seems to embrace, even celebrate, terrorism as a political tool.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It's a gripping outdoor adventure and the movies' most inspiring epic survival story in years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Above all, I'm Not Scared pays off our emotional investment. In the end, its elements come together with the kind of genuinely thrilling, deeply satisfying climax that even the better Hollywood movies just can't seem to pull off anymore.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Control Room is even more effective in showing the dilemma of the people who make up Al-Jazeera. In a sense, these are "our" Arabs, in that they're Western-educated, conduct their business in English and seem to believe in the basic American principles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    This free-flowing film certainly hits the high points as it flips around its talking-head celebrity sound bites at warp speed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Flies so gallantly in the face of what's supposed to work at the movies these days that you just have to love it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    Cedric Kahn has caught the irrational compulsion, nail-biting tension and unpredictability of plot that is Simenon at his best.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It's a partisan campaign film, of course, but a subtle one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    The supporting performers all shine, especially Irons in the thankless role of the clueless cuckold husband.