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About the Movie
Wallace Avery hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he's blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur's road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike, who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners - elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through this process, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 49
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 39
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The film equivalent of a dysfunctional computer sloppily assembled from discarded parts of other machines.
Rotten: It's almost its own genre in indie films: Boring middle-aged man tired of his existence meets up with free-spirited but troubled younger woman. Romance and newfound meaning ensue.
Rotten: The promise it begins with doesn't pay off. And while "Arthur Newman" is not a complete disaster, it does leave you wishing the romance and the ride had been a whole lot smoother.
Rotten: Fun for a bit, things soon turns silly ...
Where's the humor?
I am surprised that two of my favorite actors, Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, accepted roles in a movie with such a weak screenplay. Both donned American accents that, combined with the script, were uninteresting. The plot was weak and implausible, and there was little humor in this “dramatic comedy.” I give it two stars just to show support for the actors.
2 Stars in Emotionally Impactful Movie
Emily Blunt and Colin Firth are charming as two lost souls who find solace and resurrection in each other. This is a charming road movie with emotional appeal, sexiness and a satisfying ending. It delivers on its charms
I'm a big Colin Firth fan, and his performance in this comedy-drama is excellent. The movie reminded me a bit of SIlver Linings playbook with two very flawed people finding each other in the world. The pacing is a little slow at times, but the great scenes with Colin and Emily more than make up for it. An overall fun little film.