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The Arrival Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: high 0 out of -4..+4
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
"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
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
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
March 1, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
August 12, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
February 9, 2006
What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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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