Arrowsmith (1931)

Sinclair Lewis' novel Arrowsmith is given so stylish a screen treatment by producer Sam Goldwyn that at times it looks more like an art-deco exhibit than a film. Ronald Colman stars as Martin Arrowsmith, an idealist doctor who forsakes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 7, 1931
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Emotionally gratifying, it dramatically only crawls along with so many actionless scenes.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's episodic structure ensures that it rarely becomes boring - though the story does lose some momentum towards the end...

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Emanuel Levy

One of John Ford's in-depth probes of the doctor's role in society, Arrowsmith was based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis who refused the 1926 Pulitzer because of the prize's alleged advocacy of work that endorsed "the wholesome American life."

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant, too little seen John Ford film of the Sinclair Lewis novel.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Many shots show an early awareness of mood and expression, using heavy shadows and diagonal shapes to establish visual conflicts.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of those prestige pics from decades past that make you wonder exactly what all the fuss was about.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Ronald Colman is fine in this antique but the film itself is all over the place.
Anthony Valletta
Colman is as charismatic as ever, but does have some choppy editing.
Aj V
A dull and melodramatic look at the life of a doctor.
John Ballantine
I was glad to have caught this on Turner Classics a few weeks back. I have always thought that Ronald Colman was terribly underrated and overshadowed by Clark… More