The Arrival - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Arrival Reviews

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Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
April 21, 2009
Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens).
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com
October 14, 2005
You know a movie's in trouble when it's called The Arrival and nothing arrives -- the film's aliens are already here.
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 29, 2004
The aliens-among-us plot gets a very entertaining and inventive update.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
May 12, 2003
A good premise, hampered by a weak ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2002
...it ultimately seems apparent that the movie would've been well-served had it topped out at 90 minutes (ie it's too long and feels it).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Sheen is working outside of his element, but the energy he puts into his multidimensional character helps keep the story moving.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A movie that shoehorns a blunt warning into its silly but entertaining story of a young radio astronomer's one-man battle against sinister extraterrestrials.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
No logic, little character development and a thin story that is supposed to be compensated for by startling effects.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
The Arrival is part sci-fi action flick, part conspiracy thriller, and all preposterous nonsense.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A hokey summer entertainment that is full of big machinery, satellite dishes du jour, long embarrassing close-ups and gaps in logic through which large UFOs could hurtle.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
"The Arrival" is a good 20 minutes too long and heavy with useless scenes in which we learn far too much about Sheen's relationship with his girlfriend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It's like "Stakeout" with a glossier Sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 31, 1996
[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 12, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 8, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 1, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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