The Arrival
The Arrival (1996)

A shy radio telescope operator named Zane Ziminski (Charlie Sheen) picks up a series of regular signals coming from space -- and deliberately pointed toward Earth. Convinced that he has discovered alien transmissions, Ziminski is first… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 31, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Stylish and inventive, The Arrival offers a surprisingly smart spin on the alien invasion genre.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

What it lacks in sophistication (everything), it partly makes up for in sheer gall.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The CGI alien special effects are only so-so, but the film is rich in ideas, well-executed and is pleasingly entertaining even if silly.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect.

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James Berardinelli

This is not a dumb movie; in fact, with its heavy reliance upon real science, it's startlingly credible.

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Steve Biodrowski

Less an alien invasion movie than a conspiracy film (it just hapens to turn out that the conspirators are aliens).

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A movie that shoehorns a blunt warning into its silly but entertaining story of a young radio astronomer's one-man battle against sinister extraterrestrials.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

[Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health.

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Chuck O'Leary

You know a movie's in trouble when it's called The Arrival and nothing arrives -- the film's aliens are already here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
I remember very little about this film to give it a higher rating than this. I'll have to revisit it one day.
Ross Collins
Charlie Sheen playing a radio astronomer who discovers an alien base on Earth... need I say more? Fantastic. ;-)
Red Lats
Not a bad movie. Typical science fiction - aliens are on earth, and only one guy (Charlie Sheen) does something about it - even though he gets fired, loses his… More
Gimly M.
Charlie Sheen channels his inner Kevin Smith in this unique take on the genre. Sure it's a little X-Files-y, and a lot of the twists are either glaringly… More
Jason Spencer
Not a bad alien film.
Patrick Wrye
Extremely underrated film. Very well written alien encounter/conspiracy film. Despite all of the humor that one thinks of when Charlie Sheen's name comes… More