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April 25, 2011
A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981.
April 20, 2011
A blander, more responsible 'Arthur' with far fewer laughs and, be warned, a painful update on the classic Burt Bacharach title tune over the end credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 11, 2011
Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance.
April 10, 2011
It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2011
[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with.
April 8, 2011
I don't buy the notion that this is all a lavish fantasy to cheer us in troubled times. It's too clueless and condescending for that.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 8, 2011
Arthur may not be much of a movie but Russell Brand is one heck of an Arthur.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 8, 2011
It's a sardonic screenplay filled with juvenile characters, and the whole thing doesn't mesh.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2011
Apparently, somebody thought it was time for a remake. Clearly, somebody was dead wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 8, 2011
In light of the deplorable track record for Hollywood remakes, "Arthur" is actually a fairly serviceable return to the genially funny traits of the original and borrows some of its best moments.
April 8, 2011
It would be impossible to top the original "Arthur" but this modern version is a consistently funny and sweet if not overly inspired remake.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2011
If you get caught between the moon and New York City -- or even just between two movies at the multiplex -- the best that you can do is skip this one.
April 8, 2011
This "Arthur" is missing a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 8, 2011
Was the lovable lush ever funny? I mean, honestly?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 8, 2011
Russell Brand takes on a thankless task and earns at least some thanks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 8, 2011
Attempting to fill Dudley Moore's top hat in "Arthur," Russell Brand rapidly descends the rungs of the comedy ladder from "unfunny" to "irritating" to "vulgar" to the bottom one - "Andy Dick."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 8, 2011
With a handful of solid laughs and a modicum of snappy dialogue, it's liable to amuse, if not overwhelm, an audience seeking casual, forgettable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 7, 2011
"Arthur" might be the year's first summer movie, in the sense that if you're stuck in the house on a rainy day with a large group that extends from tweens to grandparents, you could definitely do worse.
April 7, 2011
The very idea of this movie suffers from a form of myopia that simply can't be overcome. And, of course, all would be forgiven, if only the thing were funny.
April 7, 2011
Paper and possibilities do not a movie make. I'm guessing even Christopher Cross is cross.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 7, 2011
The problems of "Arthur" are mostly ones of scale. The set pieces are too big, and the movie becomes too labored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
A little Russell Brand goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
There are so many reasons to dislike Arthur that it's hard to pick just one.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
April 7, 2011
Of the myriad things the new remake of Arthur gets wrong, missing Arthur's sadness may be the most damaging.
April 7, 2011
It's pretty faithful to the original, which is to say that there's not much there other than a wispy and frequently drunken fairy tale.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
Never have I needed a drink so badly.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 7, 2011
The last part of Arthur slogs under an unfortunate burden of sentiment and sincerity.
April 7, 2011
Throughout, Brand's Arthur looks ready for photo shoots, with his clear complexion, tailored suits, and neatly tended tresses. Moore often looked like his face was going to slide off his head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2011
Brand can be funny in supporting parts. But he doesn't yet know how to command a front-and-center role, and Arthur groans with the effort from its first moments...
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 7, 2011
Blobby and a bit of a mess but offers a fair number of laughs...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2011
[Brand's] snotty, improvised quips are good for a few laughs, though three decades of skyrocketing income inequality have soured the comedy of Arthur's astronomically expensive self-indulgences.
April 7, 2011
The limp-d--- remake of 1981's Arthur - starring Russell Brand in the happy-drunk role indelibly created by Dudley Moore - sounds promising, but it ends in disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 7, 2011
It seems like an odd choice for a remake 30 years down the line, as Moore's portrayal is one of his best, and best-known, roles. But if you must, Brand is the man for the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 7, 2011
If you must see Arthur, choose a theater that serves alcohol. You'll need it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 7, 2011
The original "Arthur" was harmless. The new one is charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2011
Despite Mirren's estimable presence, the new Arthur has little of its own to offer. It's the same story, told with much less heart.
April 6, 2011
I really started to wonder: Why are we sitting and watching this dithering, half-cocked egomaniac?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 6, 2011
Brand definitely carries the first hour with his free-associative riffing and childlike energy...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 6, 2011
This remake seems to exist only to zap the original of its minor pleasures.
April 6, 2011
Even Dudley Moore realized-all too late-that a second Arthur was a bad idea. So why have Christopher Cross's words not been heeded? (Once in your life you find her...)
April 5, 2011
The story hasn't changed much, nor have the characters. But the comedy is now crude instead of whimsical and its characters overblown caricatures instead of screwball personalities. A movie has been reduced to a sketch.