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
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2017
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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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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Denis Villeneuve's new film Arrival does not offer any answers. But it does offer something else - a brief reprieve from the time we are all currently stuck in.

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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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K. Austin Collins
The Ringer

I think of Arrival in terms of color: the milky grays of the clouds rolling over the Montana plain; the bright blue of computer screens bouncing off the gray tents on the makeshift army compound.

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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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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

While earlier Villeneuve films such as Prisoners and Sicario dealt respectively with grief and rage, then ignorance and revenge, Arrival is ultimately hopeful and constantly emphasizing the possible unification of language.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
With his debut Incendies in 2010, Denis Villeneuve really hit the ground running and has been one of the most consistently interesting director's for the… More
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
Letitia Lew
I don't give 5-star movie ratings often; sometimes not even once a year. This movie makes you rediscover the joy of discovery. If you're a fan of… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Cliches aside, the film proves to be a smart thriller--and unexpectedly so. Adams is great, per usual.
Kevin M. Williams
The space aliens finally arrived (like, what took so long, dude!) only in this interesting turn they're not concerned in taking over ... they just want to… 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