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Arrival Reviews

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March 23, 2017
Walks a delicate balance between science fiction spectacle and art house head trip.
March 15, 2017
The result is a wondrous achievement, one that combines mystery and meaning in a way so rarely found in mainstream movies.
March 10, 2017
... the most cerebral of first contact films, a science fiction drama about communicating across cultures and across species and even across time without a common language, while failing to communicate within our own world.
March 9, 2017
Arrival is not classic flight-from-reality faire but it sure got me out of the doldrums.
March 4, 2017
A yawn-inducing snoozefest that borrows from every science fiction film from The Day the Earth Stood Still to Contact...Those hungry for a good old-school, alien-based sci-fi adventure will decry the films lack of ray guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 1, 2017
A captivating story that presents an ideal to follow. It's not just one of the best sci-fi films, it's one of the best of 2016. Immensely recommended! [Full review in Spanish]
March 1, 2017
When it is good, it is really, really good but when it winds up going south, it does it so completely that it hardly seems possible that the same people could have been responsible for both halves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 22, 2017
One of the most emotional and unforgettable cinematographic experiences of contemporary cinema. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
February 17, 2017
Arrival has much more in common with E.T. than Invasion of the Saucer Men. And if we're being honest, it's not really about the aliens at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 17, 2017
No film like "Arrival" has accomplished the examination of the inherent importance of language...
February 1, 2017
A film that proposes a plausible scenario and that delights to surprise us with different plot twists and fascinating discoveries by its protagonists. [Full review in Spanish]
January 12, 2017
Arrival, which aims to touch rather than to excite, looks inward. The film about aliens, it proposes, is in fact a way to look at the human race, the good and the bad in us (mostly the bad).
January 11, 2017
Like all good science fiction, Arrival is about one big idea taken to a satisfying conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 9, 2017
An unusually delicate tale about how to cope with an alien arrival on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 9, 2017
Though a second-rate, semi-profound art movie, Arrival is nonetheless an ambitious demonstration of how the media manipulate our perception and our experience.
January 3, 2017
A Spielberg-Nolan lovechild of sorts, wondrous and mind-bending in equal parts, Denis Villeneuve's latest is a quintessential science-fiction blockbuster steeped in genre traditions and made singular by Amy Adams's transporting performance.
January 2, 2017
Arrival may offer a few too many metaphors to keep some viewers engaged. But it's guaranteed to stick in your mind a fair amount longer than, say, Men in Black 3.
January 1, 2017
It's remarkable how far Villeneuve, too, has travelled -- from minor but impressive Quebec features to big-budget filmmaking that's turned mainstream genre-fare into thrilling, atmosphere-rich cinema.
January 1, 2017
The film is not a colourful one, with suitably muted cinematography and a sense of realism many such stories eschew. Maybe that's not the best news for the box-office but it makes for a more intelligent movie of the genre all the same.
December 31, 2016
This film cements Villeneuve's reputation as one of the finest filmmakers of his time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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