Arrival (2016)

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team--lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams)--are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 11, 2016
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person's sci-fi that anchors its heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The revelation here is Villeneuve, who expands on the symphonic pacing showcased last year in the drug war drama Sicario. Even though the concept of Arrival is far-out fiction, Villeneuve treats it with no less detail or urgency.

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Brian Lowry

Those expecting a whiz-bang film should be prepared for a more cerebral and emotional experience, admirable for its ambition and tone, if not wholly satisfying in its payoff.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Arrival, which aims to touch rather than to excite, looks inward. The film about aliens, it proposes, is in fact a way to look at the human race, the good and the bad in us (mostly the bad).

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

The best film of the year to date, ambitious in conception and extraordinary in execution, has arrived.

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Will Leitch
The New Republic

Arrival plays with your head as gently as any sci-fi thriller I can remember.

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

Like all good science fiction, Arrival is about one big idea taken to a satisfying conclusion.

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Amy Nicholson

Learning Heptapodese seems easy compared to the tough talks Americans need to have with each other.

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Forrest Wickman

Watching it, I was excited that such a strange piece of science fiction got made-and disappointed ...

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Richard James Havis
South China Morning Post

An unusually delicate tale about how to cope with an alien arrival on Earth.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Director Denis Villeneuve shines once again in this unique sci-fi creation. Arrival is unique for its structural narrative, bold effects and portrayal. The… More
Jens S.
Your enjoyment of this film probably depends on how you deal with the reveal of the underlying concept. You could call that a twist, although the hints are… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Cliches aside, the film proves to be a smart thriller--and unexpectedly so. Adams is great, per usual.
Carlos Magalhães
Like the very best type of science fiction, Villeneuve's astounding masterpiece is not only brilliant in terms of structure and narrative but is above all… More
Sanjay Rema
I guess it doesn't take much to make an amazing movie. Just an incredibly original story by Ted Chiang, great directorial choices by Dennis Villeneuve, and… More
Christian C
Despite the initial, surface parallels to "Close Encounters of The Third Kind" and some problems with the script, "Arrival" is a fresh story… More