Gradebook: Arrival


Gradebook: Arrival 

Arrival: The Gradebook is the ratings of newly released films by the contributors and fans of We Live Film and We Live Entertainment. If you are interested in participating, join the We Live Film Fan Chat Page on Facebook and look for the weekly posts of new releases.

Nick Casaletto: Arrival (9/10)

This was one of those films that takes your breathe away and sits with you for a longtime. Amy Adams gives the performance of her career as an emotionally charged performance that is almost guaranteeing her an Oscar nomination. Not only are the visuals amazing, the acting sublime with a great twist at the end, the film also deals with how life would REALLY be like if other life came down to earth for the first time. There is no explosions, no end of the world battle, none of that nonsense. This is a smart and stunning science fiction drama that has the words “classic” written all over it.


Ashley Menzel: Arrival (9.5/10)

Arrival is not the film that I expected but has definitely won its way to my top favorite sci-fi films ever. It is a different take with a twist that is sure to turn your perspectives totally upside down. An incredible film that reminds humanity of what is really important.

Zachary Marsh: Arrival (10/10)

I can’t think of a single gripe I had with Arrival. This is as intelligent of a sci-fi film as we might get this decade. Amy Adams is remarkably superb in this, as are the other actors. The visual effects, though minimally used, are stunning. Denis Villeneuve’s direction is the best it’s been since Enemy, and the story he manages to tell is consistently engaging, pretty unpredictable, and overall extremely well done. It might be more predictable to some other people, especially if you saw the trailers and vividly remember them, but I didn’t expect what was going to happen. The real icing on the cake is the score, done by Jóhann Jóhannsson, who manages to capture so much power and emotions in his music, as well as scoring certain tunes that I can’t get out of my head. I can see why some people may not like this a whole lot, but boy oh boy was I ever blown away by this. Arrival is easily one of my favorite movies of 2016, and I cannot wait to check it out again.

Daniel Rester Arrival (9/10)

This is a beautiful, patient, and intelligent sci-fi film that favors character depth over action. It takes old sci-fi ideas but remixes them in new ways, leading to a mesmerizing finale that made me want to watch the movie again. The film is anchored by an emotional performance by Amy Adams and an understated one by Jeremy Renner. The technical aspects are all aces, but Bradford Young’s rich cinematography is especially great — and Oscar-worthy.

Average We Live Film Gradebook Score for Arrival : 9.4 /10

*Keep checking back as more We Live Film fans see and review this film, we will be updating.

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