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The Arrival (1996)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

David Twohy

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Plot Summary

Radio astronomer Zane Zaminsky (Charlie Sheen) believes he's picked up a cosmic noise that signals extraterrestrial intelligence. His desperate search for answers leads him to Mexico and a mysterious power plant, where he is arrested for the murder of a scientist. Zane must escape with his proof of the world-shattering alien invasion in this intense sci-fi thriller.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 20
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A movie that shoehorns a blunt warning into its silly but entertaining story of a young radio astronomer's one-man battle against sinister extraterrestrials. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 6, 2011

Rotten: [Sheen] spends most of the movie in a kind of sweaty apoplexy that makes one worry for his health. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 6, 2011

Fresh: It's a strong, lean piece of writing that moves quickly. Nothing is wasted, and nothing happens the way you'd expect. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 6, 2011

Fresh: The movie is as smart as ``Mission: Impossible'' is dumb. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Mar 6, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie! Worth the purchase

I have scene this movie several times and I found it to be a very entertaining movie with a great plot. It is not an academy award winner, but if you are looking for good entertainment with a little bit of everthing in it, I would highly suggest buying this movie.

Very well done!

This is one of my favorite sci-fi movies. Charlie Sheen gives a fabulous performance as a very cool guy with a little bit of nerd in him. The movie has a believable plot and a lot of suspense. This is the little-known sci-fi movie to watch!

Best movie

Best movie i hade seen in years