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Arthur (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 187
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 139

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.

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 31

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.

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

Jul 15, 2011

$33.0M

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All Critics (189) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (139) | DVD (13)

A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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A blander, more responsible 'Arthur' with far fewer laughs and, be warned, a painful update on the classic Burt Bacharach title tune over the end credits.

April 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance.

April 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comment (1)
New York Magazine
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It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comment (1)
ReelViews
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[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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I don't buy the notion that this is all a lavish fantasy to cheer us in troubled times. It's too clueless and condescending for that.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

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

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

This feels manufactured, demographically calculated whimsy.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

So Russell Brand wrecked his marriage to Katy Perry...over this?

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Slapstick dramedy fans will likely get some laughs out of the Arthur remake but the film is stuck in the same naļve adolescence as its titular character.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Gives Brand ample opportunity and excuse to trot out his wisecracking, chemically-addled man-child schtick in a sturdy and believable narrative context.

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

In this rehash of the 1981 smash - which featured fellow English comic Dudley Moore in the title role - Brand looks and sounds comparatively bland.

December 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

There is no real reason for this movie to exist, but with Brand's winning star turn, it's likable and its heart is in the right place.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Russell Brand's a funny guy. But he has real trouble when he tries to spread his dramatic wings into any moment that doesn't land on a punch line.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Mirren nearly saves the movie as much as Nolte's bizarre cameos nearly destroy it.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

Maybe Russell Brand's lot in life is to play raging substance abusers who eventually are redeemed.

August 23, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Whatever was inherently funny about the original film just doesn't work here.

July 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

One wonders why time and effort was put into this sorry wannabe, considering that maintaining the tone of the source material clearly wasn't of much interest to anyone.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The problem is that our soliloquising Cockney comic as the "world's only loveable billionaire" (as the poster has it) seems too much like a child stamping his feet, demanding that love.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

If you're not wedded to Dud's trust fund drunk, there's no reason not to enjoy this sweet and affectionate retread.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Russell Brand steps into Dudley Moore's old shoes and finds an uncomfortable fit.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The movie is as hollow as his playboy lifestyle.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

This rehash of the 1981 comedy seems particularly ill-timed, as it's no longer fun to laugh at irresponsible drunks, especially when they're billionaires

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

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.
January 13, 2014
ythelastman89

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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).
September 6, 2013
romy861

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.
February 12, 2012
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

There is a given disadvantage to any remake; specifically, if it's been done before, why do it again?

In the case of Arthur, the remake, you have a well loved tale from 30+ years ago. Perhaps when pitching this film you could argue that a couple of generations have passed since then, and we've got this hot actor who is box office gold... and I suppose that works to a degree. But speaking as one not of the demographic, and having seen the first film and enjoyed Dudley Moore's antics, my repeat viewing of the remake comes from an admittedly skewed lens. That being said, though the tale is creaky around the edges, there is enough witty dialog and bon mots to make this a worthwhile viewing - and it's got Helen Mirren, so that alone should hold your interest.

Russell Brand holds his own as Arthur in my opinion, and Jennifer Garner is sufficiently waspy in her villainous turn as the woman Arthur is condemned to marry. Greta Gerwig, in the Liza Minneli role comes from a different angle - more sweetness than edgy, but her acting here is sincere. The film totally wastes the great comic talent of Luis Guzman, giving him not much to do other than wear a hilarious Robin costume at the film's intro. Speaking of wasting talent - Nick Nolte... what the heck was he doing here, slumming as a threatening buffoon?

But even though I found the last half of the film a bit draggy - too much plot getting in the way of the fun - there were enough funny bits of dialog coming out of Brand's mouth and enough of Helen Mirren being... Helen Mirren, to give this a marginal passing grade - you could do far worse if you're looking for a bit of light humor.
January 25, 2012
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    1. Arthur: Oh hello Vivienne! I remember you from when I used to live in your whomb!
    – Submitted by Judy G (21 months ago)
    1. Susan: [kisses Arthur]
    2. Arthur: What was that?!
    3. Susan: A french kiss...
    4. Arthur: You sure? The french always surrender! That was decidedly German.
    – Submitted by Judy G (21 months ago)
    1. Arthur: Vivienne! Susienne! Satan! Susan!
    – Submitted by Judy G (21 months ago)
    1. Arthur: Don't blame Bitterman! He had a hell of a struggle to get me out of the bath!
    – Submitted by Judy G (21 months ago)
    1. Arthur: It's orphan Annie! As a man!! Orphan Mannie!
    – Submitted by Judy G (21 months ago)
    1. Hobson: Did you kill Minnie mouse or did she surrender her dress willingly?
    2. Naomi: If it helps she didn't suffer.
    – Submitted by Rachael H (22 months ago)
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