Arthur Reviews

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Michael Dequina
April 7, 2012
Gives Brand ample opportunity and excuse to trot out his wisecracking, chemically-addled man-child schtick in a sturdy and believable narrative context.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 23, 2011
Maybe Russell Brand's lot in life is to play raging substance abusers who eventually are redeemed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
If you're not wedded to Dud's trust fund drunk, there's no reason not to enjoy this sweet and affectionate retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 5, 2011
This is far from a sophisticated movie but the simplicity of the story allows it to have a lot of fun playing with the outrageous characters and silly sight gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 26, 2011
If you find the Brand brand toxic, you'll probably want to give his wasted wastrel a slap, but Brand's narcissistic self-absorption actually suits the character of Arthur very well.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 25, 2011
A refreshingly good-natured and gender-equal comedy.
James White
Empire Magazine
April 22, 2011
Brand fan? You'll likely enjoy his antics. But Russellophobics would be better off seeking out the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

National Post
April 22, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 22, 2011
Arthur boasts some nice moments, most of them involving Mirren and Brand whose on screen rapport sustains interest through the 110 minute running time.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 22, 2011
Arthur 2.0 may not be a great film - and Brand's shtick is admittedly starting to wear thin - but the film contains more laughs than most of the Hollywood product poured down our throats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 22, 2011
Far from irritate the hell out of you in this, surprisingly, Brand injects a new infectious fun feeling into Arthur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
April 20, 2011
Arthur is riddled with clichés, suffers from a trite - occasionally offensive - screenplay, and has flatter direction than any Russell Brand vehicle deserves. [But] I could watch [he] and ... Greta Gerwig flirt for hours on end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

FILMINK (Australia)
April 20, 2011
A light-hearted but enjoyable remake thanks largely to Russell Brand's charismatic and larger-than-life onscreen persona.
Sean Rom
April 20, 2011
Brand may be an actor of limited talents, but he is funny and so is Arthur.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
April 20, 2011
Much as I wanted to dislike this movie, I admit to laughing out loud a couple of times, chuckling at Mirren's dry delivery of some choice one-liners and being won over by Brand by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
April 20, 2011
Turns out to work surprisingly well, thanks to likeable comic performances and a script that's at least consistently amusing, if never laugh-out-loud funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
April 20, 2011
Peter Baynham's script has some good throwaway lines, and Mirren's approximation of Gielgud is a nice touch...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
April 19, 2011
Although meant as mere entertainment, Arthur has some points to make about the cleansing power of love and its opposite, the destructive power of its absence.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 19, 2011
The humour doesn't always fire, but overall the film has its charms - and a sweet innocence. The fact that Russell Brand is irritating works in his favour
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
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