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 3.1 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 Whipped
Score distribution:
1179 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    There's no disguising the fact that, beneath all its talk, this is a very traditional, very predictable romance; it's sorely in need of some comic relief; and, if you're a non-smoker, you will get very tired of its heroine blowing smoke in your face.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    A warm-hearted and understated entertainment that's blissfully free of the heavy-handed crudity and other elements that have ravaged 21st-century Hollywood comedy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    It's incorrigibly unfunny.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    It's a barrage of visual stimulation so excessive that it's hard to sort it all out. But it's often funny, its texture can be breathtaking and its pleasures likely will grow with repeated viewings.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    In some ways, De Niro does a competent job in his second directorial effort but his characterizations are clumsy, and his members of the Power Elite always seem less real people than stick figures in a propaganda movie.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    The characters are uniformly repulsive, the cliche-ridden script builds no real tension or psychological interest, and the bottom line is that Lee's innovative but ultimately tedious and even ludicrous MTV-style visuals add absolutely nothing to the story dynamics.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 33 William Arnold
    Legends of the Fall is one of those movies that is so sloppy and so poorly written and so clumsily directed that every dramatic scene seems to either insult your intelligence or come off as being unintentionally hilarious. [13 Jan 1995]
    • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    If the film has a weakness, it's an ending that's so vague and open to interpretation that it's not at all clear how director Andrew Wagner ultimately wants us to feel about these self-absorbed characters and their precious literary concerns. But the performances carry the day.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A delicious one-time treat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    Ferrell, of course, has his moments. But he doesn't have an engaging "center" as a comedian.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    It never generates much interest in its story or affection for its characters, and it's simply not half as funny as it needs to be.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    Sandler's frequent director, Peter Segal, also rises to the occasion, giving the proceedings some of the rough-hewn, hard-edged look of the original, and brings it to a funny, satisfying climax that -- happily -- doesn't cop out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The new movie year's poignant love story to beat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Always absorbing.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    The script (by Richard Russo) is solid, the performances are witty and fun, and the movie is a most agreeable way to spend an hour and a half.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 William Arnold
    It is purely and fearlessly a girl-and-her-horse movie that isn't trying to be all things for all audiences.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    While the film is intriguing as it's transpiring, it has very little impact. It's more intellectual than emotional, its message doesn't come through without a struggle and it was completely out of my mind five minutes after seeing it.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 42 William Arnold
    It is relatively suspenseless and often distastefully crude.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    It's just one more competent but routine, midlevel ($70 million) late-summer action movie filled with the usual explosions, shootouts and male bonding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 William Arnold
    Is Hollywood so disconnected from its past and bankrupt of ideas that it doesn't even know this movie is a screaming cliché?
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    All told, Cars is a knockout.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    The cruel simplicity of the atrocity is made needlessly chaotic by artless camerawork that swishes rapidly back and forth across the action, to the accompaniment of a syrupy soundtrack.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 William Arnold
    For all its other virtues, the supporting casting is lackluster, the script never quite kicks into place as a sports movie and Clooney the director seems to lack the touch that might have set the proceedings on fire as a zany ensemble comedy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 William Arnold
    A suspenseful, elegant entertainment.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    It's a movie brimming with good intentions, solid production values and searing performances. However, it never quite clicks into place with any real satisfaction.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 William Arnold
    Thornton has made so many bad movies and become so notorious as a talk-show eccentric that it's easy to forget what a good film actor he can be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 William Arnold
    The movie itself cannot begin to match its delicious high concept. It's offensively funny in places but it can't sustain itself for a feature length running time and it's not nearly as clever or as fun as it should be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 58 William Arnold
    It's in English, but the actors speak it with tortuous accents that are a constant struggle to understand and make them seem like foreigners in their own land. Spanish with English subtitles would have served this story much, much better.

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