The Arrival
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A shy radio telescope operator named Zane Ziminski (Charlie Sheen) picks up a series of regular signals coming from space -- and deliberately pointed toward Earth. Convinced that he has discovered alien transmissions, Ziminski is first chastised and then fired by his boss (Ron Silver). Obsessed, he builds a makeshift radio telescope in his house to find out where the signals were sent. Convinced that they're intended for aliens already hidden on Earth, he tracks them to a bleak, isolated Mexican village, where he joins forces with a female scientist (Lindsay Crouse), who has suspicions of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens)."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"A good premise, hampered by a weak ending."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"It's like Stakeout with a glossier Sheen."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
"It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"You know a movie's in trouble when it's called The Arrival and nothing arrives -- the film's aliens are already here."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"...The Arrival is a stylish and fast-paced thriller."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
""The Arrival" is a good 20 minutes too long and heavy with useless scenes in which we learn far too much about Sheen's relationship with his girlfriend."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"A movie that shoehorns a blunt warning into its silly but entertaining story of a young radio astronomer's one-man battle against sinister extraterrestrials."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The aliens-among-us plot gets a very entertaining and inventive update."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Sheen is working outside of his element, but the energy he puts into his multidimensional character helps keep the story moving."
‑ Dwayne E. Leslie, Boxoffice Magazine
"A hokey summer entertainment that is full of big machinery, satellite dishes du jour, long embarrassing close-ups and gaps in logic through which large UFOs could hurtle."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
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