Arthur Newman Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Constantly screws up even its own mid-sized ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine
April 24, 2013
Throughout Dante Ariola's film, the expressions of the false-identity theme are multitudinous, and about as subtle as Wallace's choice for a new last name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2013
For the most part, the film is very basic, a simple drama about the dangers of avoiding responsibility, but there are occasional flairs of eccentricity.
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
a far-fetched story, told in a rather unappealing way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 26, 2013
A slow, lethargic journey to nowhere, full of pseudo-profound dialogue and generic indie-drama plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 25, 2013
The script of "Arthur Newman," written two decades ago by Becky Johnston, cries out for deadpan anonymity, not the charismatic likes of these two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
April 26, 2013
This is a decidedly minor effort, directed by Dante Ariola with a bland, generic eye, missing the pathos of interesting drama and the charm of quality romantic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Henry Barnes
Guardian
September 12, 2012
Ariola is trying maintain a tricky balance: we have to know Arthur's green-grey world to understand what he's trying to escape from. But unfortunately the man is the movie and movie is wearisome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 26, 2013
An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2013
Rent "Something Wild" instead. It tells a similar story with style, humor and pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013
The promise it begins with doesn't pay off. And while "Arthur Newman" is not a complete disaster, it does leave you wishing the romance and the ride had been a whole lot smoother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Abrams
The Playlist
April 24, 2013
Arthur Newman an intentionally listless story about a boring everyman.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 26, 2013
Ariola can't keep the proceedings moving forward, wallowing in the blue mood for far too long. It makes a decent movie with something to share about the exhaustion of defense mechanisms into a slog that leaves its actors high and dry.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 26, 2013
One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 26, 2014
A film that fails to make the most of a good cast and a great premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2013
It's almost its own genre in indie films: Boring middle-aged man tired of his existence meets up with free-spirited but troubled younger woman. Romance and newfound meaning ensue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 25, 2013
Has two excellent actors on board and not a singular character who feels real as written.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 25, 2013
When Firth first falls into his tattered seductress's game, he changes so violently into the arduous lover, it feels false, an acting exercise, which is all this movie really adds up to.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 27, 2013
Academy-award winner Colin Firth seems to be doing someone a favor by agreeing to play Walter Avery/Arthur Newman.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 25, 2013
The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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