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Arthur Newman

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Often-somber drama has language, sex, drinking.

Movie R 2013 101 minutes
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It's admittedly a sometimes poignant, often interesting, and somewhat poetic movie. But the thing about road movies, and ARTHUR NEWMAN essentially is one, is that the ride has to be worth the aches and pains of being trapped in a vehicle hurtling forward, headed for parts unknown. Firth is almost always reason enough, but even he can't escape the monotony that dismantles this film.

It begins promisingly enough, with the setup unspooling in an efficient and compelling fashion. But Arthur Newman loses its way soon after, wasting the strong cast. The story is a gold mine of possibilities, but Arthur Newman takes too many detours, all leading to a place that isn't so new after all.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 26, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: September 3, 2013
  • Cast: Anne Heche , Colin Firth , Emily Blunt
  • Director: Dante Ariola
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Cinedigm
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content, language and brief drug use
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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