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The Arrival Reviews

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Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique

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

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

April 21, 2009
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

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

| Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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

| Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2004
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

A good premise, hampered by a weak ending.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2002
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

June 5, 2002
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It's like Stakeout with a glossier Sheen.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

"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 Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

January 1, 2000
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 31, 1996
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

| Original Score: 4/5

April 8, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

| Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2004
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