Arthur Newman (2013)



Critic Consensus: Despite the natural charisma of its leads, Arthur Newman does little with its intriguing setup, and the result is bland and unconvincing.

Movie Info

Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, depressed and in the doldrums of middle age, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman to begin life anew, bound for Terre Haute, Indiana, where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club. But his road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela "Mike" … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, language and brief drug use.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Becky Johnston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2013
Box Office: $0.2M
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as Wallace Avery

as Kevin Avery

as Mina Crawley

as Mary Alice Wells

as Owen Hadley

as Janie Wells

as Grant Wells

as Dying Man

as Detective #1

as Hairy Man

as Fuller Wells

as Bus Driver

as Diving Kid

as Chuck Willoughby

as Ticket Agent

as Unemployment Officer

as Kevin (5 yrs. old)

as Detective #2

as Hipster Trevor

as Hipster Sarah
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Critic Reviews for Arthur Newman

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Top Critic

They embark on one of those maundering, life-lessony odysseys that filmmakers love but audiences rarely do.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Well-acted but ultimately unmemorable ...

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Completely disposable ...

Full Review… | June 29, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Arthur Newman

This got off to a slow start...painfully slow. If it ever picked up I don't know cause I bailed.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


An interesting film, with two of my favorite actors. Rather slow at times. I put off watching this movie due to the bad reviews, and listless quality of the trailer. I liked it better than I thought I would, though. A halfway decent, quiet afternoon movie, with a nice ending to it all...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

If you don't have a life, get someone else's.

Good Film! This is both a downer movie with two unhappy leads trying to survive their lives and a feel-good movie about people who find something in each other to survive. It's not quite a romance that develops, but there is a kind of loving co-dependence. It's meant to be deeper and more moving than it is mostly a issue of the writing again but you get the drift and it works overall. In the end, at the end, you wish so much it had been more than it was. It has so many interesting qualities that don't get pulled out, the surprising convergence in the plot, the game of taking on identities, the psychological depth of being who you are and accepting that. I felt let down by what did happen. The solutions are a bit obvious and almost cheap, depending on formulas seen before. Which is too bad because the set-up and the actors are worth more than that.

Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards anew life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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