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Arrival Reviews

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November 17, 2016
Arrival makes an impassioned plea for the necessity of global cooperation while quite hilariously never straying from the perspective of its two white, American movie stars.
November 17, 2016
In this year of bruising American politics, the film's emphasis on measured communication and focused listening feels transformative.
November 16, 2016
Character development, big philosophical questions, and political relevance: not what you expect heading out to a creature feature, especially one with alien heptapods that look this threatening. But welcome all the same.
November 16, 2016
If you want to think about intelligent life instead of blowing it up, Arrival may be the movie for you.
November 16, 2016
This is, perhaps, the best-made movie in Villeneuve's filmography to date, a robust but delicate work captured in stunning, calculated detail by cinematographer Bradford Young, and guided by Adams' stellar work as Louise.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
November 16, 2016
[An] unshakable odyssey of sadness and hope from director Denis Villeneuve.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 16, 2016
It is a story aimed at an adult and intelligent audience featuring an adult and intelligent performance from Adams and Renner. ARRIVAL expects a lot from its audience at the same time it is giving more.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 16, 2016
Unlike most films of this ilk, it rejects the notion that life is tragic simply because it inevitably ends in death. This story embraces death, life, sickness, despair and love.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2016
A sobering sci-fi thriller about the race to communicate with intelligent alien life to avert disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 15, 2016
Arrival champions the importance of being able to work with and understand one another without resorting to violence, even in the face of the oft-terrifying unknown -- particularly important in today's increasingly fractured global political climate.
November 15, 2016
The revelation here is Villeneuve, who expands on the symphonic pacing showcased last year in the drug war drama Sicario. Even though the concept of Arrival is far-out fiction, Villeneuve treats it with no less detail or urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2016
A film with a big budget and solid actors, that easily surpasses Gravity and Interestellar. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 15, 2016
Octopuses from outer space can't begin to compete with Klaatu or ET.
November 14, 2016
Whether [Villeneuve's] forbidding worldview will strike you as an achingly realistic drama or an overly angsty downer largely depends upon what you go to movies for in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
November 14, 2016
The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.
November 14, 2016
Amy Adams is terrific in this cerebral but enthralling sci fi drama that turns out to be much much more than just another Alien movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 14, 2016
"Arrival" embarrasses the current mode of contemporary cinema to explore ideas, moods and a vision that belongs uniquely to this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 14, 2016
Stealthy signals, unforgettable moments and Johann Johannsson's score coalesce magnificently as an iconic classic of sci-fi cinema, something to cherish for life, is created before your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 14, 2016
Its visuals are remarkable and its storyline is so beautifully structured. Arrival is one of the most extraordinary, breathtaking, and thought provoking films of the year. This is what science fiction is supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
November 13, 2016
An intellect-stroking sci-fi film that asks you to imagine how humanity might respond, emotionally rather than militarily, in the event of an arrival from outer space.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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