Arrival: Early Reviews Are Positive

Amy Adams in Arrival
(Photo: Sony Pictures)

Early reviews for Arrival, the latest sci-fi drama film from director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Enemy), are in and so far they are all glowing with bright red tomatoes. Not only have we been waiting for this film for quite some time, but it's rather refreshing to see a smart, original story receive the critical acclaim it deserves.

"When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity."

"Plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals" - David Calhoun, Time Out

"Arrival gives us a lot to take in, and the picture is big, somber and grand, if in the end somewhat sterile." - Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine

"It's a monolith, a megalith, but like the gigantic alien craft that comes to rest somewhere above Montana at the start of the film, despite its immensity it hovers elegantly overhead. The film defies gravity." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

"Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss." - David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter


"A fairly chilly, cerebral bit of business, from its beautifully tamped-down cinematography (by modern master Bradford Young) to Jóhann Jóhannsson's ethereal score." - Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Arrival released on November 11th, 2016. You can watch the rather intense trailer below: