Arthur Newman Reviews

June 26, 2014
A bland and baffling oddity ...
June 26, 2014
The stars play strangers on an odd road trip who are meant to be finding things out about each other: if you were put next to either of them on a plane, you would quickly regret your seating assignment.
April 26, 2013
An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance.
April 26, 2013
They embark on one of those maundering, life-lessony odysseys that filmmakers love but audiences rarely do.
April 26, 2013
One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming.
April 26, 2013
Well-acted but ultimately unmemorable ...
April 25, 2013
The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.
April 25, 2013
The promise it begins with doesn't pay off. And while "Arthur Newman" is not a complete disaster, it does leave you wishing the romance and the ride had been a whole lot smoother.
April 25, 2013
How can two performers as charming as Colin Firth and Emily Blunt make a movie with so little charm?
April 25, 2013
It's almost its own genre in indie films: Boring middle-aged man tired of his existence meets up with free-spirited but troubled younger woman. Romance and newfound meaning ensue.
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April 25, 2013
Arthur Newman fails to finesse an essential problem: how to make a boring man interesting.
April 25, 2013
"He was kind of boring," Kevin says to Mina about his dad. "I mean, the lectures." And boring he remains.
April 25, 2013
For the most part, the film is very basic, a simple drama about the dangers of avoiding responsibility, but there are occasional flairs of eccentricity.
April 25, 2013
The script of "Arthur Newman," written two decades ago by Becky Johnston, cries out for deadpan anonymity, not the charismatic likes of these two.
April 25, 2013
Director Dante Ariola and writer Becky Johnston have such a strong idea at the core of Arthur Newman that it's all the more frustrating when they follow it down the most familiar path.
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April 24, 2013
The resolution for both characters, in a finale that turns disappointingly conventional, is so sad that it left me depressed beyond hope.
April 23, 2013
You'll soon wish the film were about someone a bit more exciting ...
April 23, 2013
Fun for a bit, things soon turns silly ...
September 12, 2012
Ariola is trying maintain a tricky balance: we have to know Arthur's green-grey world to understand what he's trying to escape from. But unfortunately the man is the movie and movie is wearisome.