Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. 75
    This is more “Something Mild” than “Something Wild.” But Firth and Blunt handle their characters’ many revelations with care and play with layers of hurt and disappointment with great sympathy and pathos.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 22, 2013
    70
    [A] sweet, semi-romantic road trip.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 24, 2013
    67
    The way Firth embodies the character, with a robot stare and a flat affect that expresses each thought as a kind of minimalist hologram of emotion, he's playing a cipher who pretends to be a different cipher. How indie-ironic!
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Apr 25, 2013
    63
    First-time feature director Dante Ariola (working from a script by Becky Johnson) has a good feel for these characters and keeps things moving along at a brisk pace.
  5. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Apr 24, 2013
    63
    Throughout Dante Ariola's film, the expressions of the false-identity theme are multitudinous, and about as subtle as the Colin Firth character's choice for a new last name.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 23, 2013
    60
    Uncourageously, the plot gets a case of cold feet, looping back to half-written family members left in the dust. But when it’s being wild, the drama has nearly enough character to pass for distinct.
  7. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    A film in search of a tighter edit and a stronger point of view. It meanders from scene to scene, calling to mind the images of leaking faucets and dribbling IV fluid that appear here in close-up.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Arthur Newman is an old story and chronically, consistently uninvolving.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    The closest most people will get to that state of existential freedom is watching actors in a movie about it, and the pleasure usually comes with a price — a reminder that identity, though arbitrary, is also inescapable. In movies like Dante Ariola’s debut feature, Arthur Newman, so, too, are the cliches and platitudes.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 25, 2013
    50
    Much as I enjoy the actors I didn't buy a word or frame of Arthur Newman.
  11. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 24, 2013
    50
    Director Dante Ariola and writer Becky Johnston have such a strong idea at the core of Arthur Newman that it’s all the more frustrating when they follow it down the most familiar path.
  12. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 23, 2013
    50
    Two lost souls on the highway of life — that’s what a well-acted but benign little trifle called Arthur Newman is about.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Apr 25, 2013
    45
    In the real world or a realer movie, the deceitful Arthur and the larcenous Mike would eventually get in big trouble. Yet this road movie is headed not toward serious consequences, but toward docile acceptance. In spirit, it turns out, Arthur Newman is a pretty much a Wallace Avery.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 26, 2013
    42
    Is it possible to truly start life all over again? Arthur Newman might have been better if it had not started at all.
  15. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    May 8, 2013
    40
    Arthur Newman is overwhelmed with arty ambitions and a heavy-handed acting style. Ultimately, all the weight prevents the film from taking off and soaring.
  16. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 28, 2013
    40
    There’s never a moment when we forget that Mike and Wallace are just vacant personalities that two talented actors decided to try on for fun.
  17. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 25, 2013
    40
    The promise it begins with doesn't pay off. And while Arthur Newman is not a complete disaster, it does leave you wishing the romance and the ride had been a whole lot smoother.
  18. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Apr 23, 2013
    40
    Fun for a bit, things soon turn silly.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 22, 2013
    40
    Firth and Blunt make a strange couple, and Ariola a musicvideo helmer making his feature debut, should have devoted more time to making the chemistry work than to sustaining the melancholy mood.
  20. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 26, 2013
    25
    Just because two people are miserable doesn’t mean they’re interesting.
  21. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Apr 22, 2013
    25
    This is not the stuff of stirring humanist drama, but rather a bland scenario about boring people that want to mature but have no idea how.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 25, 2013
    20
    The glum, episodic and unbelievable Arthur Newman is the film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.
  23. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Apr 22, 2013
    20
    The flat-out dullness of Arthur is the point of Dante Ariola's debut feature, but it's also its undoing.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    9
    Saw the movie last night, was really pleasantly surprised. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt gave excellent performances that make a good story even better. I recommend giving it a shot! Full Review »
  2. Feb 16, 2014
    6
    Thanks in large to the convincing performances of its leads, and despite the incoherent story elements, this is a good movie about running away to be somebody you're not, and finally growing up. Full Review »
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    9
    Emily Blunt is hot! I just had to say that. An ordinary man in ordinary circumstance, no shoot 'em ups no nothing. What a fantastic film, filled with emotion and pathos. This one will long be remembered. Full Review »