Arthur (2011)



Critic Consensus: An irritating, unnecessary remake that demonstrates the libertine charm Russell Brand exudes in supporting roles turn against him when he's star of the show.

Movie Info

In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. But when his unpredictable public image threatens the staid … More

Rating: PG-13 (for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Baynham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2011
Box Office: $33.0M
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as Arthur Bach

as Vivienne

as Bitterman

as Burt Johnson

as Officer Kaplan

as Employment Clerk

as Candy Store Manager

as Gummy Bear Man

as Boxing Trainer

as Naomi's Dad

as Veteran Cop

as Rookie Cop

as Wedding Kid

as Wedding Priest

as Chancellor

as Spoon Guy

as Photographer

as Journalist #1

as Journalist #2

as Journalist #3

as College Student

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as Auctioneer

as Officer #2

as Foreman

as Kissed Woman

as Grand Central Waiter

as Alice Johnson

as Group Leader

as Choreographer

as Maid of Honor

as Bookstore Clerk

as Library Girl #1

as Library Girl #2

as Library Boy #1

as Library Boy #2

as Library Boy #3
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Critic Reviews for Arthur

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (40)

Although his gear-loose, party guy style fits the role, Brand's stamp on Arthur is good for some mild laughs but not much else.

Full Review… | August 5, 2015
Playboy Online

Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

Lacking the charm and humor of the original, this unfunny remake is completely unnecessary.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

This feels manufactured, demographically calculated whimsy.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

If there's anything worse than a watered-down, big-screen sitcom, it's a watered-down, big-screen sitcom that gets all socially responsible on us at the end

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

The Arthur remake seems to follow the recipe as best it can, but will leave viewers wishing they had just eaten at home. It has enough one liners to keep the movie moving along, but it lacks the heart and depth that Moore's charm brought to the role

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Arthur


I think that this is just as good, if not better than the original. I'm sure a lot of people will just hate this by default because it's a remake, but anyone who gives it a fair chance will have a hard time finding it anything but fun. I guess you have to enjoy Russell Brand in order to find it as funny as I did, but I think this role was perfect for him. Everything about Arthur and his larger than life personality is so easy to accept when it's so well acted. Nearly every joke he makes is hilarious and the whole concept is something that never seems to get old. I think all of the characters are great and a step up from their originals. Helen Mirren is amazing as Hobson and I honestly don't think anyone could play that character better. I also think Greta Gerwig was perfect too; she just has a quality about her that is totally unique and lovable. While this is a remake in terms of structure and basic plot, it's completely different in terms of the comedy and general atmosphere. Some of the little things like Frog and Toad, Batman Forevermobile, and the Gummi Bear suit are what make it so much more fun to me. As a heartwarming comedy, you can't get better than this. It gives you exactly what you need and there's nothing cheap or corny about it. No one should feel bad about liking Arthur because it's just so good at what it wants to be.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

This is one i put off watching for a long time because it seemed like such a steaming pile.
Saw it on free to air TV recently. Certainly wouldn't have paid for it.
So, was it as bad as I expected? Well,yes and no.
The main problem with this is Russell Brand. He is meant to be an alcoholic. He just comes off here as mentally challenged.
The female leads pretty much save this. Greta Gerwig and Helen Mirren. I like Jennifer Garner generally. I have to say, this isn't a great role for her either. She does much better with girl next door roles than bitchy ones.
There's a few smiles here (I wouldn't say laughs exactly), and some of it is sweet. It's certainly not as awful as I expected. I liked the date at the train station, for example and the ending is quite romantic (or could have been if the guy was anyone other than Brand).

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Ok. My guilty obsession...Russell Brand. He is just sooo funny to me, and rather charming, in a way. He does a lot of great ad-libbing, as usual. Helen Mirren does a really touching job as his nanny. Good music by Death Cab, great comic timing by all involved, and very sincere performances. Not actually a copy of the original. More of a revamping. I enjoyed this..a lot.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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