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Arthur (1977)

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67

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging his every whim. Instead, Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a sweet, somewhat pathetic character whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. When the film opens, Arthur is on the threshold of an arranged marriage with simpering socialite Susan (Jill Eikenberry), whom he does not love. Everyone expects Arthur to behave himself, but nobody truly cares for

PG,

Comedy, Romance

Steve Gordon

Aug 27, 1997

Orion Pictures Corporation

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (3) | DVD (6)

Arthur is a sparkling entertainment which attempts, with a large measure of success, to resurrect the amusingly artificial conventions of 1930s screwball romantic comedies.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Moviegoers are hereby alerted to some good fun.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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So little care has gone into the characterizations, the structure, and the situations that the film merely feints at significant comedy.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
Chicago Reader
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Overrated one-joke comedy.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to love a drunk like Arthur Bach.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Mr. Gordon's screenplay is full of funny things, and it's beautifully paced, but it's the performances that give the picture its true classiness.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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...suffers from a hit-and-miss quality that wreaks havoc on its momentum...

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Arthur has endeared himself to millions of viewers over the years.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Moore is predictable as the spoiled scion of wealth, Minnelli is terrific as his candid sweetheart, but Gielgud's loyal yet sarcastic servant steals the film.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Watch and enjoy, but avoid the completely disastrous sequel.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

No. 1 on my list of favorite comedies. One of the funniest ever made.

August 4, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

A modern screwball comedy, in the vein of My Man Godfrey and other Depression era gems, Arthur was written and directed by Steve Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Moore is a great, funny drunk...even though it is all so politically incorrect now.

October 15, 2004

One will delightfully get drunk between the moon and New York City by drinking up the spry essence in Gordon's romantic comedy Arthur

June 26, 2004
Movie Eye

Simply comedy cold.

February 5, 2004
Needcoffee.com

Arthur touches both the heart and the funny bone.

January 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's the movie we'll forever know Dudley Moore for -- and the late John Gielgud, too, who is put out to pasture about halfway through this classic comedy.

November 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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One of the best comedies of the 1980s; Moore's signature role

July 24, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Unfortunately, by the end, saccharine dilutes much of the whiskey sour.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Dudley's drunk act wears thin quickly, but Liza is adorable and Sir John is perfection.

August 22, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Arthur

A billionaire playboy pursues a thief/waitress despite his family's insistence that he marry within his class.
Good for a few yuks, Arthur is a charming film with a lot of good comedic performances, but the best lines come from John Gielgud. Despite being primarily a dramatic actor, Gielgud is fantastic as Hobson, delivering dry, scornfully witty one-liners with astonishing ease. He's an upper-class snob, frequently delving into lower class language, and it's often hilarious. Gielgud shows scene larceny at its finest; Dudley Moore is only noticeably funny when Gielgud isn't stealing the lens.
The plot is predictable, and I didn't think the relationship between Arthur and Linda was well-developed. If I were to risk a substantial fortune for a woman, I would like a few more scenes with her, preferably when I was sober.
Overall, this is a good way to enjoy 100 minutes of innocuous, enjoyable diversion, especially because of Gielgud.
July 2, 2012
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Jim Hunter

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Although this has been considered by many an '80s classic, I'd like to think otherwise. Parts of this film were cute, comical, and there was one scene in particular during which I couldn't stop laughing; but this is no NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION.

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November 30, 2011
spielberg00

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I only heard about this film after hearing about the remake with Russell Brand in the role of Arthur Bach. Like with every other remake, I will always view the original film to see which one I preferred. Well, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed both. The remake essentially kept everything intact, but made the comedy a little bit raunchier for today's audiences. But this original and whimsical comedy about a drunken playboy is a lot of fun. As I enjoyed very much the remake, I thought that the original was terrific as well. The comedy here is sharp, witty, original and amusing. Actor Dudley Moore is enjoyable on screen as Arthur Bach, and the rest of the cast here are terrific as well. This is a charming comedy that has good laughs, but above all, an interesting story. I however didn't think that Dudley Moore was the best on screen. I thought he was good, but I thought that John Gielgud in the role of Mr. Hobson was what made this film special. I just loved his sarcastic and snobbish quips and his chemistry with Moore was wonderful. If you've enjoyed the remake, and want to see this classic, then I suggest you do. You're in for a pleasant viewing experience. I thought that both films were fun and charming, but obviously nothing beats an original film.
August 6, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Arthur Bach: I'm going to take a bath now.
    2. Mr. Hobson: I'll alert the media.
    – Submitted by George P (4 months ago)
    1. Mr. Hobson: If I begin to die, please take this off my head. It is not how I wish to be remembered.
    – Submitted by Chris C (15 months ago)
    1. Arthur Bach: You must have hated this moose...
    – Submitted by Chris C (19 months ago)
    1. Arthur Bach: Don't you wish you were me? I know I do...
    – Submitted by joey v (22 months ago)
    1. Mr. Hobson: As we can all see, it's a beautiful morning, which would seem to indicate that the night is over.
    – Submitted by T R (2 years ago)
    1. Arthur Bach: You, uh... probably ate out that night, what with that man lying in your kitchen.
    – Submitted by Matt T (2 years ago)
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