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The Arrival Reviews

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February 13, 2017
The CGI alien special effects are only so-so, but the film is rich in ideas, well-executed and is pleasingly entertaining even if silly.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2009
Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens).
February 9, 2006
What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2004
The aliens-among-us plot gets a very entertaining and inventive update.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2003
A good premise, hampered by a weak ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
June 5, 2002
Sheen is working outside of his element, but the energy he puts into his multidimensional character helps keep the story moving.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
No logic, little character development and a thin story that is supposed to be compensated for by startling effects.
January 1, 2000
The Arrival is part sci-fi action flick, part conspiracy thriller, and all preposterous nonsense.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
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
January 1, 2000
It's like "Stakeout" with a glossier Sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 8, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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