Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens).
What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.
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
The aliens-among-us plot gets a very entertaining and inventive update.
| Original Score: 4/5
A good premise, hampered by a weak ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
...The Arrival is a stylish and fast-paced thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sheen is working outside of his element, but the energy he puts into his multidimensional character helps keep the story moving.
It's like Stakeout with a glossier Sheen.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
"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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
The Arrival is part sci-fi action flick, part conspiracy thriller, and all preposterous nonsense.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
No logic, little character development and a thin story that is supposed to be compensated for by startling effects.
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.
The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.
This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible.
[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health.
| Original Score: D