Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
When remaking a popular film, you must remember this: First, do no harm to the original. Arthur accomplishes this, with Russell Brand slurring his way neatly through the title role.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The new Arthur is a feathery screwball satire, competent on its own terms, yet as the movie went on I found it increasingly hard to separate the character's self-indulgence from that of the actor playing him.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The new remake of Arthur is a thin copy of the 1981 original. But it has a few things going for it.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie lacks joy. It has poignancy and intelligence, and it holds interest, but it never opens up into happiness and fantasy. Maybe it's the recession.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Despite his cockney-accented verbosity, Brand does not convey the effortless conviviality that Dudley Moore did in the part.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Step over to the liquor cabinet and mix yourself a good, stiff drink - if you plan on seeing this godforsaken thing, you'll need it.
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By Scott Tobias
This Arthur cravenly turns Susan into a monstrous status-seeker, making her less of a human being and thus much easier for Arthur to trample over in securing a meaningful adult relationship.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gordon, who died shortly after the first Arthur, never had to see the luckless 1988 sequel that made his beloved characters seem like strangers. The new Arthur, insipid when it should be infectious, leaves the same deadly impression.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
In the end, it isn't so much that the New Arthur isn't the Old Arthur. Rather it's the anti-Arthur.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This Arthur is missing a soul.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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