Arthur

Arthur

26%
  • PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jason Winer
    In Theaters:
    Apr 8, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 15, 2011
  • Warner Bros.

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Arthur Reviews

David Denby
New Yorker
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A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 25, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 11, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

April 10, 2011
Justin Chang
Variety
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[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

April 8, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Arthur may not be much of a movie but Russell Brand is one heck of an Arthur.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

April 8, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a sardonic screenplay filled with juvenile characters, and the whole thing doesn't mesh.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

April 8, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Apparently, somebody thought it was time for a remake. Clearly, somebody was dead wrong.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 8, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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It would be impossible to top the original "Arthur" but this modern version is a consistently funny and sweet if not overly inspired remake.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 8, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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If you get caught between the moon and New York City -- or even just between two movies at the multiplex -- the best that you can do is skip this one.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 8, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This "Arthur" is missing a soul.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 8, 2011
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Was the lovable lush ever funny? I mean, honestly?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 8, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Russell Brand takes on a thankless task and earns at least some thanks.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 8, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Attempting to fill Dudley Moore's top hat in "Arthur," Russell Brand rapidly descends the rungs of the comedy ladder from "unfunny" to "irritating" to "vulgar" to the bottom one - "Andy Dick."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 8, 2011
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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With a handful of solid laughs and a modicum of snappy dialogue, it's liable to amuse, if not overwhelm, an audience seeking casual, forgettable entertainment.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

April 8, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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"Arthur" might be the year's first summer movie, in the sense that if you're stuck in the house on a rainy day with a large group that extends from tweens to grandparents, you could definitely do worse.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 7, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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The very idea of this movie suffers from a form of myopia that simply can't be overcome. And, of course, all would be forgiven, if only the thing were funny.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 7, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Paper and possibilities do not a movie make. I'm guessing even Christopher Cross is cross.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The problems of "Arthur" are mostly ones of scale. The set pieces are too big, and the movie becomes too labored.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A little Russell Brand goes a long way.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2011
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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There are so many reasons to dislike Arthur that it's hard to pick just one.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

April 7, 2011
Scott Tobias
NPR
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Of the myriad things the new remake of Arthur gets wrong, missing Arthur's sadness may be the most damaging.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 7, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's pretty faithful to the original, which is to say that there's not much there other than a wispy and frequently drunken fairy tale.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Never have I needed a drink so badly.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2011
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The last part of Arthur slogs under an unfortunate burden of sentiment and sincerity.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

April 7, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Throughout, Brand's Arthur looks ready for photo shoots, with his clear complexion, tailored suits, and neatly tended tresses. Moore often looked like his face was going to slide off his head.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Brand can be funny in supporting parts. But he doesn't yet know how to command a front-and-center role, and Arthur groans with the effort from its first moments...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

April 7, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Blobby and a bit of a mess but offers a fair number of laughs...

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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[Brand's] snotty, improvised quips are good for a few laughs, though three decades of skyrocketing income inequality have soured the comedy of Arthur's astronomically expensive self-indulgences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 7, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The limp-d--- remake of 1981's Arthur - starring Russell Brand in the happy-drunk role indelibly created by Dudley Moore - sounds promising, but it ends in disaster.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

April 7, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It seems like an odd choice for a remake 30 years down the line, as Moore's portrayal is one of his best, and best-known, roles. But if you must, Brand is the man for the job.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If you must see Arthur, choose a theater that serves alcohol. You'll need it.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

April 7, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The original "Arthur" was harmless. The new one is charmless.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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Despite Mirren's estimable presence, the new Arthur has little of its own to offer. It's the same story, told with much less heart.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 6, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I really started to wonder: Why are we sitting and watching this dithering, half-cocked egomaniac?

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 6, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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Brand definitely carries the first hour with his free-associative riffing and childlike energy...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 6, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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This remake seems to exist only to zap the original of its minor pleasures.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 6, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Even Dudley Moore realized-all too late-that a second Arthur was a bad idea. So why have Christopher Cross's words not been heeded? (Once in your life you find her...)

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

April 6, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The story hasn't changed much, nor have the characters. But the comedy is now crude instead of whimsical and its characters overblown caricatures instead of screwball personalities. A movie has been reduced to a sketch.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 5, 2011
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