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Arrival Reviews

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November 9, 2016
Arrival never fully escapes from the bounds of its source material.
May 17, 2017
Like Contact and Interstellar before it, Arrival conflates inner and outer space, where contact with alien intelligence is the balm that heals one's own psychic wounds, a cosmic Oprah Winfrey delivering closure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 11, 2016
Denis Villeneuve's latest is an artier - certainly moodier and less entertaining - version of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 11, 2016
Villeneuve's indulgence in mood and melancholy mount to a conclusion that wastes its compelling premise and wallows in infuriatingly all-consuming sentimentality.
November 11, 2016
Watching it, I was excited that such a strange piece of science fiction got made-and disappointed ...
November 19, 2016
A movie imagined as life affirming that actually suggests that life may not be worth living at all.
November 9, 2016
Feels deeply, cloyingly influenced by others. It's the last act of Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Contact meets Inception / Interstellar meets The Tree of Life ... tries too hard to make you cry to actually make you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 27, 2016
It's a sci-fi film that borrows nearly all of its biggest ideas from other movies, leading up to an ending that's touching but contrived (Splice Today)
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
November 12, 2016
Hokey malarkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2016
For a film about resolving communication gaps, ARRIVAL creates too many of them.
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 11, 2016
With a "you fill in the holes" plot, and a must film in the dark mentality, "Arrival" is D. O. A.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
November 10, 2016
Where Close Encounters of the Third Kind gazed outward in awe at the universe, Arrival asks only how its mysteries might provide succour and illumination for us.
November 9, 2016
Arrival is a weird flick, slow and tedious, too metaphysical for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and most likely to appeal to people who like to play video games and solve puzzles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 10, 2016
"Arrival" is the sort of superficially profound movie that initially seems deep and weighty but stops making sense the moment you put down the bong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2016
When it comes to a payoff for all the gauzy head-scratching, Arrival reverts to a few basic sci-fi conventions for its finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2016
It's difficult to get worked into a state of awe with this film because so much of it is so sodden.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2016
If The Day the Earth Stood still (the original) were silly and derivative, this would be it. Bodes unwell for Blade Runner sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: C plus
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