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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

William Arnold's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Amélie
Lowest review score: 0 Sin City
Score distribution:
1179 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    With a steady eye and a warm (but never overtly sentimental) heart, it explores a territory where few movies have ventured before.
    • 57 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    This documentary fails to grasp AIDS as a theme.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The movie works -- at least marginally.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    But the movie's vital signs improve remarkably in the second half, and especially in the last act. The proceedings suddenly pick up some screwball charm, the writing improves (with several truly inspired one-liners tossed in here and there) and the secondary characters begin to click.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    A kind of homage to that more simple and elegant time.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    In fact, when not kicking butt, (Li)'s kind of a blank spot in the center of the screen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    Inferior remake.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    A solid piece of storytelling that doesn't pander, skips the usual POW stereotypes and allows the film to work reasonably well as an epic of war, a survival story, a prison thriller, a murder mystery and a courtroom drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    It's unspeakably morbid, and never adds up to be something special.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    So violent and junky it seems to have been designed as evidence for the growing congressional movement to censor Hollywood.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Joel Schumacher, and reflects the worst of their shallow styles: wildly overproduced, inadequately motivated every step of the way and demographically targeted to please every one (and no one).
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The most totally appealing and seemingly heartfelt performance of (DeVito's) career.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    Stars are particularly strong. Snipes' fatalism is totally appealing, and Rhames makes a curiously compelling antihero.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's well-acted by a likable cast and is well-intended, but it misses: It doesn't come off as the powerful socio-environmental statement it wants to be.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie never gets off the ground. Kaufman's script is never especially clever and often is rather pretentious.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    Edgy, hard-boiled crime drama that is very much in this Tarantino-esque tradition.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    The movie around Stallone is fairly dreadful, so overly stylized and poorly written that it's always a struggle to stay oriented.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    The movie's problem is that it's a cartoon, offering no emotional involvement with its characters and no dramatic imperative.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Mercifully short -- a mere 80 minutes, plus the end-titles. That means I had to slap myself in the face fewer times than usual to stay awake in a movie this grindingly mediocre.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Overly familiar, poorly cast and often annoyingly crude New York comedy that never finds its groove.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    Altman always manages to pop up with another masterpiece -- and darned if he hasn't done it again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    If not cinema magic, The Dinner Game is still a workable screwball comedy.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It has its flaws, and traditionalists are likely to think it falls well short of its inspiration, but it works on its own terms, it fills the screen with Burtonesque excitement and it strikes me as one of this tepid movie summer's better offerings.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The movie itself is not completely successful, but it's consistently both engrossing and entertaining, and -- once again -- Spacey's performance creates a spell that lingers long after the lights come back on.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    A clumsy and incompetent thriller for nine-tenths of its length, but it has an ending so clever and that goes so wildly against expectations it almost exonerates the film.

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