Joel Arnold

Joel Arnold

Agrees with the Tomatometer 69% of the time.

Publications:
NPR
Total Reviews:
37

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Showing 1 - 37 of 37
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
63% The Grand Seduction (2014) " Translating its accessible premise too cleanly, Grand Seduction neglects the rough edges of character, the very details that make a place and its people memorable to a visitor. They're also what convince a person to stay." — NPR
Posted Jun 2, 2014
31% God's Pocket (2014) " It's always unfortunate to see potential wasted onscreen, in acting, writing, or directing. It's worse to see it happen all at once with artists universally known as capable of much more." — NPR
Posted May 11, 2014
90% A Birder's Guide To Everything (2014) " The film is far from a melancholy wallow, but it does examine the ways we cope with loss and the conflicts that result when one person's healing process is faster or different from another's." — NPR
Posted Mar 18, 2014
82% Grand Piano (2014) " Grand Piano is a screenwriter's fantasy of a self-conscious Hitchcockian thriller, daringly written, improbably made - and more unbelievably made well." — NPR
Posted Mar 6, 2014
97% Ernest & CĂ©lestine (2014) " The characters are computer-rendered, but the watercolor environments they move in are expressive and detail-rich." — NPR
Posted Feb 27, 2014
79% Teenage (2014) " Wolf blends newsreels, archival footage, written personal diaries and vivid 16mm recreations in an entrancing collage that puts the voice of youth at the center of a narrative in which the broad strokes of history tend to overlook them." — NPR
Posted Feb 11, 2014
96% The LEGO Movie (2014) " The Lego Movie maybe be one giant advertisement, but all the way to its plastic-mat foundation, it's an earnest piece of work - a cash grab with a heart. Made for, with and about Legos, the movie is also made for, with and about imagination ..." — NPR
Posted Feb 6, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) " Once Surly and Buddy case the joint, develop a plan, and deal with the inevitable surprises, The Nut Job could be any classic caper flick." — NPR
Posted Jan 16, 2014
78% All The Light In The Sky (2013) " Where the film excels is in capturing the quiet revelations in Marie's life over the few days it chronicles - revelations that represent the aftermath of choices made years before, when expectations were higher." — NPR
Posted Dec 20, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " The film takes few of the liberties you'd expect from its genre, and it conforms to an internal logic throughout." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " Howard chooses a few moments to let the film breathe, but for the most part - aside from a clunky first-person narration that book-ends the film - he propels Rush from scene to scene with a momentum that never lets the thing drag." — NPR
Posted Sep 20, 2013
65% The Heat (2013) " The Heat come, they conquer, and they leave you laughing." — NPR
Posted Jun 28, 2013
50% Now You See Me (2013) " Exudes self-importance and can't help but make promises it can't deliver on." — NPR
Posted May 30, 2013
19% The Hangover Part III (2013) " An excessively violent action comedy that handily manages the tough task of feeling at once tired and aggressively heartless." — NPR
Posted May 24, 2013
55% The Company You Keep (2013) " It's a pleasure to watch, even if the payoff is rather less substantial than the backstory." — NPR
Posted Apr 4, 2013
68% Wrong (2013) " In Wrong, reality and the world of the film will regularly upend themselves; it's never quite reliably clear, though, that these inexplicable events are happening for a purpose." — NPR
Posted Mar 29, 2013
56% Hunky Dory (2013) " Hunky Dory flits along blithely from number to transporting musical number until it ends - with a sigh - and dodges any authentic engagement with its own ideas." — NPR
Posted Mar 21, 2013
31% Emperor (2013) " Despite the promising setup, the filmmakers' execution muddles what's inherently dramatic material." — NPR
Posted Mar 7, 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " This surprisingly beguiling attempt to blend fantasy, coming-of-age drama, melodrama, camp and social critique isn't always successful - but it's nearly always entertaining." — NPR
Posted Feb 14, 2013
15% A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2013) " Charles Swan might have have been successful if its sensibilities weren't so aligned with its constantly disappointing protagonist's." — NPR
Posted Feb 7, 2013
70% Sushi: The Global Catch (2012) NPR.org
Posted Jan 22, 2013
36% LUV (2013) " Saved from its predictable plotline by a strong cast and a central relationship written and performed with sensitivity, LUV reveals the stakes of trusting in a role model and the costs when that person turns out to be human." — NPR
Posted Jan 17, 2013
67% Otelo Burning (2012) " A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ..." — NPR
Posted Nov 29, 2012
58% La Rafle (2012) " It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened." — NPR
Posted Nov 20, 2012
47% The Details (2012) " In exploring how easily and strangely the life Jeff and Nealy have built together unravels, The Details lays out a series of mundane and dangerous objects as signposts - provocative keys to the film's darkly comedic and tense puzzle." — NPR
Posted Nov 1, 2012
50% Pusher (2012) " Pusher is some kind of tragedy, though not the one its filmmakers intended." — NPR
Posted Oct 25, 2012
67% All Together (2012) " The film's central performances reflect both its celebration of age and a sense of wistfulness." — NPR
Posted Oct 18, 2012
41% 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom (2012) " Tragically unfunny, Frankie is occasionally elevated by some of its gifted and game cast, but the film's nasty, comedically incoherent script limits its potential." — NPR
Posted Oct 11, 2012
33% Butter (2012) " Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions." — NPR
Posted Oct 4, 2012
78% Dredd (2012) " It's savage, beautiful and loads of fun." — NPR
Posted Sep 20, 2012
54% The Inbetweeners (2012) " A disposable but inventive and intelligent series follow-up which satisfies as a standalone experience." — NPR
Posted Sep 6, 2012
23% The Day (2012) " A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ..." — NPR
Posted Aug 30, 2012
87% The Matchmaker (2012) " The film intelligently portrays how, even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit a person from finding happiness - and consequently, how essential love is." — NPR
Posted Aug 17, 2012
70% Sushi: The Global Catch (2012) " The Global Catch may be one-sided in its argument, but it's a persuasive one -- and the next time you eat sushi, you may think twice about ordering bluefin." — NPR
Posted Aug 2, 2012
72% Klown (2012) " Klown feels instantly fresh, taking bold chances with its characters and gags that pay off in uproariously funny and sometimes heartrending moments." — NPR
Posted Jul 26, 2012
76% Alps (2012) " An impressively taut absurdist drama that's deliberate in its exploration of the value and limits of compassion." — NPR
Posted Jul 12, 2012
76% Unforgivable (2012) " Without fully realized characters, the film's major moments - each cutting remark and humiliating act - feel hollow." — NPR
Posted Jun 28, 2012
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