Arthur (1981)

The ads for Arthur suggested that this was an obnoxious film about an obnoxious man, an eternally drunken millionaire indulging his every whim. Instead, Arthur (Dudley Moore) is a sweet, somewhat pathetic character whose millions have left… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 17, 1981
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Arthur is a sparkling entertainment which attempts, with a large measure of success, to resurrect the amusingly artificial conventions of 1930s screwball romantic comedies.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Overrated one-joke comedy.

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Cole Smithey

That song will be stuck in your head for days, but "Arthur" is worth the torture.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Moviegoers are hereby alerted to some good fun.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Only someone with a heart of stone could fail to love a drunk like Arthur Bach.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...suffers from a hit-and-miss quality that wreaks havoc on its momentum...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

So little care has gone into the characterizations, the structure, and the situations that the film merely feints at significant comedy.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Gordon's screenplay is full of funny things, and it's beautifully paced, but it's the performances that give the picture its true classiness.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Arthur has endeared himself to millions of viewers over the years.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A billionaire playboy pursues a thief/waitress despite his family's insistence that he marry within his class. Good for a few yuks,… More
Chris Garman
Arthur is the story of a lovable drunk. A rich lovable drunk. Lovable drunks only appear in movies because most drunks break your stuff and urinate everywhere… More
Jim Careter
I saw the 2011 Athur first, and it sucked. This older version is a comedy classic. The story is about Arthur (Dudley Moore), a drunken millionare who gets… More
Martin Bishop
I'm 20 minutes into this movie so far, and not only has it not solicited one laugh, it's already annoying the hell out me. Dudley Moore cackling… More
Alex roy
I only heard about this film after hearing about the remake with Russell Brand in the role of Arthur Bach. Like with every other remake, I will always view the… More
Spencer S.
Your preference to this drunken Dudley Moore rampage, is dependent on whether you find an intoxicated, spoiled, English brat running around with his… More