Arthur Newman
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Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, depressed and in the doldrums of middle age, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman to begin life anew, bound for Terre Haute, Indiana, where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club. But his road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela "Mike" Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt), whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a seedy roadside… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Well-acted but ultimately unmemorable ..."
‑ Jen Chaney, Washington Post
"Completely disposable ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Despite some amusing lighthearted moments, the film stumbles when it attempts to be more profound."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"They embark on one of those maundering, life-lessony odysseys that filmmakers love but audiences rarely do."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A film that fails to make the most of a good cast and a great premise."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Constantly screws up even its own mid-sized ambitions."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Arthur Newman is overwhelmed with arty ambitions and a heavy-handed acting style. Ultimately, all the weight prevents the film from taking off and soaring."
‑ Louis Black, Austin Chronicle
"One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A bland and baffling oddity ..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"a far-fetched story, told in a rather unappealing way."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"Obviously the theme of "Arthur Newman" is the American dream of starting over, but Johnston's screenplay hits it so obviously that it loses its resonance."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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