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Brief Synopsis: "Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat."

Overall Ranking: 53 (Rank from 2016: # 4)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 88.89%
Regular 11.11%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Often Off Topic Allie Adkins100 - Not the invasion action movie people might expect, but actually one of the most thought provoking movies I've ever seen.
(full review)
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 9
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick100
Brittani Burnham of Rambling Film98.5(full review)
Alistair Ryder97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
The Void97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest95(full review)Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 9
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes92(full review)
Keith Noakes90(full review)
Sean Kelly90(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman90 - Brilliant and wonderful science fiction
(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown88 - Grandly envisioned, subtly executed, and beautifully acted, Arrival is by far the most thought-provoking science fiction film to grace the big screen this year.
(full review)
Paul's Trip To The Movies88(full review)
Dan O'Neill85(full review)
Keith Hughes85(full review)
Bryan Lienesch80 - It's a good, not great, film. And beware of rave reviews. Those buying wholeheartedly in 'Arrival' are giving it credit for being smarter than it really is.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 5
Dave Examines Movies78(full review)

People Involved

  • Amy Adams (Dr. Louise Banks)
  • Jeremy Renner (Ian Donnelly)
  • Forest Whitaker (Colonel Weber)
  • Michael Stuhlbarg (Agent Halpern)
  • Tzi Ma (General Shang)
  • Mark OBrien (Captain Marks)
  • Russell Yuen (Chinese Scientist)
  • Nathaly Thibault (Gala Guest)
  • Joe Cobden (Cryptographer #1)
  • Julian Casey (Australian Scientist)
  • Pat Kiely (Environmental Tech)
  • Larry Day (Deputy Director of the CIA Dan Ryder)
  • Mustafa Haidari (Foreign Correspondent)
  • Abigail Pniowsky (Hannah (8 yrs. old))
  • Julia Scarlett Dan (Hannah (12 yrs. old))
  • Philippe Hartmann (Halperns Deputy Director)
  • Andrew Shaver (Environmental Tech)
  • Carmela Nozza Guizzo (Hannah (4 yrs. old))
  • Anana Rydvald (Danish Scientist)
  • Jadyn Malone (Hannah)
  • Bineyam Girma (Sudanese representative)
  • Shawn Campbell (News Reporter)
  • Ruth Chiang (Chinese Scientist)
  • Leisa Reid (Nurse)
  • Brittany Teo (Student with Smartphone)
  • Chistian Jadah (Private Combs)
  • Genevieve Sirois (Cryptographer #3)
  • Tammie Sutherland (Newscaster 4)
  • Daniel Esteban (Venezuelan Representative)
  • Kathleen Stavert (Communications Operator #4)
  • Hal Roberts (American TV News Anchor)
  • Leslie Baker (Middle aged woman)
  • Michael Nangreaves (Science Team Member #2)
  • Karen Belfo (Skype CIA Agent (uncredited))
  • ChloĆ« Bellande (MIT College girl (uncredited))
  • Robert D. Morais (Master Sergeant Douglas (uncredited))
  • Laurean Adrian Parau (US Army Major (uncredited))
  • Denis Villeneuve (Director)