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  • Summary: Wallace Avery wants to change his life, so he fakes his own death, buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman. But his road trip is derailed when he meets Michaela "Mike" Fitzgerald. She sees through his scam and soon he sees through hers. As they continue on the road together, painful secrets are revealed and their new lives take shape. Expand
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  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: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 24, 2013
    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!
  3. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Apr 24, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 23, 2013
    Two lost souls on the highway of life — that’s what a well-acted but benign little trifle called Arthur Newman is about.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 26, 2013
    Is it possible to truly start life all over again? Arthur Newman might have been better if it had not started at all.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 28, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Apr 22, 2013
    The flat-out dullness of Arthur is the point of Dante Ariola's debut feature, but it's also its undoing.

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  1. Apr 29, 2013
    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! Collapse
  2. Apr 30, 2013
    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. Expand
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    I did not know about this movie and saw it playing in today. Poignant. A beautiful meditation on the human condition. At first, thought I would hate it but fell into it. Can't stop thinking about it. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2014
    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. Expand