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Denis Villeneuve

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About the Movie

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert translator Louise Banks (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams) – races against time to decipher their intent. As tensions mount between fearful governments, Banks discovers the aliens’ true purpose and, to avert global war, takes a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. Oscar® nominee Jeremy Renner and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker co-star in this mesmerizing masterpiece with a mind-blowing ending.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 352
  • Fresh: 330
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: By turns inviting and opaque, Ms. Adams turns softness and quiet into heroic qualities, keeping her voice low, modulated, and using stillness to draw you near. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 10, 2016

Fresh: Amy Adams is a miracle worker-she makes us believe in this mesmerizing mindbender about alien communication, directed with searching mind and heart by Denis Villeneuve. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 11, 2016

Fresh: Those expecting a whiz-bang film should be prepared for a more cerebral and emotional experience, admirable for its ambition and tone, if not wholly satisfying in its payoff. – Brian Lowry,, Nov 11, 2016

Fresh: The revelation here is Villeneuve, who expands on the symphonic pacing showcased last year in the drug war drama Sicario. Even though the concept of Arrival is far-out fiction, Villeneuve treats it with no less detail or urgency. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 15, 2016

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Customer Reviews


I enjoyed the story and recommend seeing the film. However, I question the premise that a technologically advance species visiting Earth, would have basic communication problems with humans.

Worth Watching!

This is one of those movies that really does resonate in you and affects you. Very comparable to Interstellar but a little less science-y, this movie takes you on a fantastic emotional rollercoaster of excitement, sadness, surprise, and suspense, but never once boredom. I would highly recommend it for anyone who loves a movie that leaves you thinking and that takes a few twists and turns, or to anyone who just wants to watch a really good movie.


This film is a masterpiece!
Best film of the year.

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

Customer Ratings

Available Bundle

  1. Annihilation / Arrival Double Feature, Paramount Home Entertainment Inc.