Arrival Reviews

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October 20, 2018
What's heptapod for disappointing?
April 27, 2018
A plot twist that make sense if you're high and caffeinated.
November 20, 2017
Villeneuve has failed to deliver anything near the emotional intensity of his previous work and the ever-dependable Adams can't save the film from some ponderous sci-fi noodling.
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.
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.
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.
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)
November 19, 2016
A movie imagined as life affirming that actually suggests that life may not be worth living at all.
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 15, 2016
Octopuses from outer space can't begin to compete with Klaatu or ET.
November 12, 2016
Hokey malarkey.
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.
November 11, 2016
With a "you fill in the holes" plot, and a must film in the dark mentality, "Arrival" is D. O. A.
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
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
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
When it comes to a payoff for all the gauzy head-scratching, Arrival reverts to a few basic sci-fi conventions for its finish.
November 11, 2016
For a film about resolving communication gaps, ARRIVAL creates too many of them.
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.
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