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Arthur Newman Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Constantly screws up even its own mid-sized ambitions.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C-

February 20, 2014
Tomas Hachard
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 24, 2013
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 25, 2013
James Luxford
The National

a far-fetched story, told in a rather unappealing way.

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

A slow, lethargic journey to nowhere, full of pseudo-profound dialogue and generic indie-drama plotting.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2013
Robert Levin

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 Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 26, 2013
Henry Barnes

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 1/5

September 12, 2012
Richard Roeper
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An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance.

Full Review Source: Richard | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Rent "Something Wild" instead. It tells a similar story with style, humor and pathos.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 25, 2013
Simon Abrams
The Playlist

Arthur Newman an intentionally listless story about a boring everyman.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D

April 24, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: C

April 26, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 26, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A film that fails to make the most of a good cast and a great premise.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

June 26, 2014
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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 Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2013
Matt Pais

Has two excellent actors on board and not a singular character who feels real as written.

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

April 25, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

April 25, 2013
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Academy-award winner Colin Firth seems to be doing someone a favor by agreeing to play Walter Avery/Arthur Newman.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 27, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.

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

April 25, 2013
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