Arrival Reviews

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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.
November 14, 2016
The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.
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November 11, 2016
Learning Heptapodese seems easy compared to the tough talks Americans need to have with each other.
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November 11, 2016
With Arrival, Villeneuve finally finds a subject, and a script, whose magnitude matches the weight he assigns to it. All it took was an alien species' appearance on Earth.
November 11, 2016
Those expecting a whiz-bang film should be prepared for a more cerebral and emotional experience, admirable for its ambition and tone, if not wholly satisfying in its payoff.
November 11, 2016
Arrival plays with your head as gently as any sci-fi thriller I can remember.
November 11, 2016
Watching it, I was excited that such a strange piece of science fiction got made-and disappointed ...
November 11, 2016
Denis Villeneuve's latest is an artier - certainly moodier and less entertaining - version of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs.
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.
November 11, 2016
Amy Adams is a miracle worker-she makes us believe in this mesmerizing mindbender about alien communication, directed with searching mind and heart by Denis Villeneuve.
November 11, 2016
A twisty, cerebral drama that just happens to involve aliens, Denis Villeneuve's film is a truly beguiling take on both the sci-fi canon and what, exactly, a grown-up Hollywood film is supposed to be.
November 11, 2016
It doesn't pack the punch you'd expect from an alien invasion movie; it aims higher, and in the end, it cuts deeper.
November 10, 2016
[Villenueve has] a keen appreciation of film's ability to get at hidden truths.
November 10, 2016
By turns inviting and opaque, Ms. Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low, modulated, and using stillness to draw you near.
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November 10, 2016
Arrival, like the Spielberg classic it aspires to, brings the beyond to us. In doing so, it asks a challenging, prescient question: Are we ready to teach, and ready to learn?
November 10, 2016
Arrival is grand, technically marvelous, solemn, spooky, somewhat unbelievable and sometimes unfathomable. Who is to say alien visitation will be any different?
November 10, 2016
"Arrival" makes a moving case that we've only scratched the surface of what we think is possible - and what we define as intelligence.
November 10, 2016
If you're yearning for a smart, thoughtful sci-fi film that wonders how first contact with aliens might go down, this tight little gem of a film is a gift from beyond the stars.
November 10, 2016
It is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many of these alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart.
November 10, 2016
What's remarkable about Arrival is its contemplative core -- and, of course, Ms. Adams's star performance, which is no less impassioned for being self-effacing.
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