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The Arrival (1996)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: Stylish and inventive, The Arrival offers a surprisingly smart spin on the alien invasion genre.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Stylish and inventive, The Arrival offers a surprisingly smart spin on the alien invasion genre.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 12,331

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Movie Info

A shy radio telescope operator named Zane Ziminski (Charlie Sheen) picks up a series of regular signals coming from space -- and deliberately pointed toward Earth. Convinced that he has discovered alien transmissions, Ziminski is first chastised and then fired by his boss (Ron Silver). Obsessed, he builds a makeshift radio telescope in his house to find out where the signals were sent. Convinced that they're intended for aliens already hidden on Earth, he tracks them to a bleak, isolated Mexican … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for some sci-fi violence and terror, and for brief language)
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 25, 2000
Runtime:
Orion Pictures Corporation


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Critic Reviews for The Arrival

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (12) | DVD (7)

What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A movie that shoehorns a blunt warning into its silly but entertaining story of a young radio astronomer's one-man battle against sinister extraterrestrials.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health.

Full Review… | May 31, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens).

Full Review… | April 21, 2009
Cinefantastique

You know a movie's in trouble when it's called The Arrival and nothing arrives -- the film's aliens are already here.

October 14, 2005
FulvueDrive-in.com

The aliens-among-us plot gets a very entertaining and inventive update.

October 29, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A good premise, hampered by a weak ending.

May 12, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

...The Arrival is a stylish and fast-paced thriller.

Full Review… | September 25, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

Sheen is working outside of his element, but the energy he puts into his multidimensional character helps keep the story moving.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

It's like Stakeout with a glossier Sheen.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
rec.arts.movies.reviews

"The Arrival" is a good 20 minutes too long and heavy with useless scenes in which we learn far too much about Sheen's relationship with his girlfriend.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
SPLICEDWire

A hokey summer entertainment that is full of big machinery, satellite dishes du jour, long embarrassing close-ups and gaps in logic through which large UFOs could hurtle.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

The Arrival is part sci-fi action flick, part conspiracy thriller, and all preposterous nonsense.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Filmcritic.com

No logic, little character development and a thin story that is supposed to be compensated for by startling effects.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Arrival

I remember very little about this film to give it a higher rating than this. I'll have to revisit it one day.

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Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Not a bad movie. Typical science fiction - aliens are on earth, and only one guy (Charlie Sheen) does something about it - even though he gets fired, loses his girl friend, has friends die mysteriously, gets framed for murder, etc.

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Redlats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Not a bad alien film.

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superclerk25
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

½

Charlie Sheen playing a radio astronomer who discovers an alien base on Earth... need I say more? Fantastic. ;-)

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RossCollinsUK
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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