Arrival Reviews

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November 10, 2016
A familiar story about a close encounter, though well crafted and unusually moody.
November 10, 2016
By the time it ends, Arrival is a story that could only be told in the science-fiction genre, and the result is a beautiful narrative that you find has been telling you things about itself without you ever realizing it.
November 10, 2016
Fine, full-bodied filmmaking, with a sense of the alien-ness out there in the universe that flatters our intelligence while making us feel tantalizingly small.
November 10, 2016
Arrival is not a linear adventure of the mind, and it is a film probably best seen twice.
November 10, 2016
Muted, measured and meditative, "Arrival" brings taste and restraint to a genre in the midst of a mini golden age: It comes in peace.
November 10, 2016
Working from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, director Denis Villeneuve creates a richly imagined world in which the theme of extraterrestrial outreach is addressed with a refreshing dignity.
November 10, 2016
[A] terrific, haunting film that plays with our expectations - and rewards us with satisfying left turns.
November 10, 2016
Villeneuve draws on Close Encounters of the Third Kind for his portrayal of scientists and soldiers groping for answers and, more generally, of the celestial playing out in highly personal terms.
November 10, 2016
An alien-invasion fantasy that operates within the genre at the same time as it subverts it - large-scale movie-star sci-fi filtered through the tricky, esoteric lens of art-house cinema.
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.
November 10, 2016
How many sci-fi movies actually give you ideas to argue about anymore? How many sci-fi movies give you ideas at all?
November 10, 2016
Arrival is at its best when pregnant with the suspense of the possible, when the unidentified stationary objects bear no trace of their intentions. But the film becomes less intriguing as the story's direction moves from teasingly opaque to crystal-clear.
Top Critic
November 10, 2016
Arrival has come, like a visitor from the cosmos, to blow minds and break hearts.
November 10, 2016
So much of the pleasure of Denis Villeneuve's poignant science-fiction drama "Arrival" lies in watching Amy Adams figure things out.
November 9, 2016
If Arrival succeeds at the box office, it will shine as a beacon in favor of not dumbing down every production to appease the distracted and disinterested masses.
November 9, 2016
Arrival is at once majestic and melancholy. It's a grand endeavor, and Adams, at the center of it all, brings pluck and smarts and a deep-seated sorrow to her role. This is her movie, no doubt.
November 9, 2016
[Adams] delivers a heart-wrenchingly beautiful performance using her ability to communicate a half-dozen emotions just standing still... But director Denis Villeneuve sometimes gets lost in repetition and blind alleys.
Top Critic
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.
November 9, 2016
Adams is convincing and smart-seeming, bringing appropriate queasiness to the position of being a college professor drawn into a rough military world.
November 8, 2016
Arrival arrives at a good time, as something of a salve for the ugly discourse going on and a reminder to us that thinking big is really worthwhile.
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