75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
This is more “Something Mild” than “Something Wild.” But Firth and Blunt handle their characters’ many revelations with care and play with layers of hurt and disappointment with great sympathy and pathos.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
[A] sweet, semi-romantic road trip.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The way Firth embodies the character, with a robot stare and a flat affect that expresses each thought as a kind of minimalist hologram of emotion, he's playing a cipher who pretends to be a different cipher. How indie-ironic!
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
First-time feature director Dante Ariola (working from a script by Becky Johnson) has a good feel for these characters and keeps things moving along at a brisk pace.
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63

Slant Magazine

Throughout Dante Ariola's film, the expressions of the false-identity theme are multitudinous, and about as subtle as the Colin Firth character's choice for a new last name.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Uncourageously, the plot gets a case of cold feet, looping back to half-written family members left in the dust. But when it’s being wild, the drama has nearly enough character to pass for distinct.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Arthur Newman is an old story and chronically, consistently uninvolving.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Two lost souls on the highway of life — that’s what a well-acted but benign little trifle called Arthur Newman is about.
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Firth and Blunt make a strange couple, and Ariola a musicvideo helmer making his feature debut, should have devoted more time to making the chemistry work than to sustaining the melancholy mood.
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40

Village Voice

By Marsha McCreadie
Fun for a bit, things soon turn silly.
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42 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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