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The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging his every whim. Instead, Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a sweet, somewhat pathetic character whose millions have left him lonely and with no motivation in life. When the film opens, Arthur is on the threshold of an arranged marriage with simpering socialite Susan (Jill Eikenberry), whom he does not love. Everyone expects Arthur to behave himself, but nobody truly cares for his well-being, with the exception of father-figure butler Mr. Hobson (John Gielgud, who won an Oscar… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Arthur is a sparkling entertainment which attempts, with a large measure of success, to resurrect the amusingly artificial conventions of 1930s screwball romantic comedies."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Overrated one-joke comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"...suffers from a hit-and-miss quality that wreaks havoc on its momentum..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Watch and enjoy, but avoid the completely disastrous sequel."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Moore is a great, funny drunk...even though it is all so politically incorrect now."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Moviegoers are hereby alerted to some good fun."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to love a drunk like Arthur Bach."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Arthur has endeared himself to millions of viewers over the years."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"No. 1 on my list of favorite comedies. One of the funniest ever made."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"One will delightfully get drunk between the moon and New York City by drinking up the spry essence in Gordon's romantic comedy Arthur"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"So little care has gone into the characterizations, the structure, and the situations that the film merely feints at significant comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Gordon's screenplay is full of funny things, and it's beautifully paced, but it's the performances that give the picture its true classiness."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Moore is predictable as the spoiled scion of wealth, Minnelli is terrific as his candid sweetheart, but Gielgud's loyal yet sarcastic servant steals the film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A modern screwball comedy, in the vein of My Man Godfrey and other Depression era gems, Arthur was written and directed by Steve Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Simply comedy cold."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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