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In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his lifelong nanny and best friend Hobson (Helen Mirren), to keep him out of trouble. Kind-hearted, fun-loving, and utterly without purpose, Arthur spends every day in the heedless pursuit of amusement. But when his unpredictable public image threatens the staid reputation of the family foundation, Bach Worldwide, he is given an ultimatum: marry the beautiful but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"If there's anything worse than a watered-down, big-screen sitcom, it's a watered-down, big-screen sitcom that gets all socially responsible on us at the end"
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"Slapstick dramedy fans will likely get some laughs out of the Arthur remake but the film is stuck in the same nave adolescence as its titular character."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"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."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Lacking the charm and humor of the original, this unfunny remake is completely unnecessary."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The Arthur remake seems to follow the recipe as best it can, but will leave viewers wishing they had just eaten at home. It has enough one liners to keep the movie moving along, but it lacks the heart and depth that Moore's charm brought to the role"
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"Gives Brand ample opportunity and excuse to trot out his wisecracking, chemically-addled man-child schtick in a sturdy and believable narrative context."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This feels manufactured, demographically calculated whimsy."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"So Russell Brand wrecked his marriage to Katy Perry...over this?"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"In this rehash of the 1981 smash - which featured fellow English comic Dudley Moore in the title role - Brand looks and sounds comparatively bland."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sun Herald
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