Arthur (2011)

In this fresh new look at a classic story, Russell Brand reinvents the role of loveable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and the good sense of his… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An irritating, unnecessary remake that demonstrates the libertine charm Russell Brand exudes in supporting roles turn against him when he's star of the show.

David Denby
New Yorker

A pitiable remake of the sloshed "classic" from 1981.

James Berardinelli

It's amazing how a lifeless, pointless remake can provoke pangs of nostalgia about a mediocre movie. Such is the case with Arthur.

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Stephen Rebello
Playboy Online

Although his gear-loose, party guy style fits the role, Brand's stamp on Arthur is good for some mild laughs but not much else.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A blander, more responsible 'Arthur' with far fewer laughs and, be warned, a painful update on the classic Burt Bacharach title tune over the end credits.

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Justin Chang

[An] innocuous, blandly therapeutic remake of a comedy that wasn't exactly edgy to begin with.

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Russell Brand gives a career-killing performance.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

I don't buy the notion that this is all a lavish fantasy to cheer us in troubled times. It's too clueless and condescending for that.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

Lacking the charm and humor of the original, this unfunny remake is completely unnecessary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
I think that this is just as good, if not better than the original. I'm sure a lot of people will just hate this by default because it's a remake, but… More
paul sandberg
There is a given disadvantage to any remake; specifically, if it's been done before, why do it again? In the case of Arthur, the remake, you have a… More
Nicki Marie
This is one i put off watching for a long time because it seemed like such a steaming pile. Saw it on free to air TV recently. Certainly wouldn't have… More
Melvin White
Arthur: We shouldn't get married... we have nothing in common. You love horses. I don't trust them. Their shoes are permanent. Who makes that kind of… More
Cynthia S.
Ok. My guilty obsession...Russell Brand. He is just sooo funny to me, and rather charming, in a way. He does a lot of great ad-libbing, as usual. Helen Mirren… More
Roy Gutteridge
There is no real reason for this movie to exist, but with Brand's winning star turn, it's likable and its heart is in the right place.