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Arthur Newman (2013)



Critic Consensus: Despite the natural charisma of its leads, Arthur Newman does little with its intriguing setup, and the result is bland and unconvincing.

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Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) is tired of his existence. Divorced, disconnected from his young son, dissatisfied with his love life, depressed and in the doldrums of middle age, he decides to make a radical change by walking away from his old life. He buys a new identity and hits the road as Arthur Newman to begin life anew, bound for Terre Haute, Indiana, where he dreams of reinventing himself as a golf pro at a tiny country club. But his road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela "Mike" Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt), whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a seedy roadside motel. Mike sees through Arthur's identity scam, and soon enough Arthur sees through hers - she's a kleptomaniac fleeing from domestic turmoil of her own. Soon romance blossoms on the road to Indiana as the unexpected couple infiltrates the lives of random strangers as a way of better grasping the essence of their own waylaid lives. Painful secrets unfold; new lives take shape. But is it possible to truly start all over again? A cross-country odyssey of self-discovery and renewal, ARTHUR NEWMAN is a gently comic screen romance about two unlikely souls who fall in love and find a way to accept responsibility for who they really are. (c) Cinedigm

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Colin Firth
as Wallace Avery
Lucas Hedges
as Kevin Avery
Anne Heche
as Mina Crawley
Kristin Lehman
as Mary Alice Wells
Steve Coulter
as Owen Hadley
Devon Woods
as Janie Wells
Sterling Beaumon
as Grant Wells
Holden Hansen
as Dying Man
Ron Prather
as Detective #1
Daniel Jones
as Hairy Man
Phillip Trop Linger
as Fuller Wells
Peter Jurasik
as Bus Driver
Brennon Olsen
as Diving Kid
David Andrews
as Chuck Willoughby
Bonnie Johnson
as Ticket Agent
Dr. Sharon Morris May
as Unemployment Officer
Beckett Campbell
as Kevin (5 yrs. old)
Michael Beasley
as Detective #2
Dean Chekvala
as Hipster Trevor
Nicole LaLiberte
as Hipster Sarah
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Critic Reviews for Arthur Newman

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (23)

A bland and baffling oddity ...

June 26, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The stars play strangers on an odd road trip who are meant to be finding things out about each other: if you were put next to either of them on a plane, you would quickly regret your seating assignment.

June 26, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Arthur Newman is overwhelmed with arty ambitions and a heavy-handed acting style. Ultimately, all the weight prevents the film from taking off and soaring.

May 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

An offbeat, sometimes self-congratulatory road movie romance.

April 26, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

They embark on one of those maundering, life-lessony odysseys that filmmakers love but audiences rarely do.

April 26, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

One of those many indies that exist to give actors a chance to go slumming.

April 26, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arthur Newman


Wallace Avery(Colin Firth) is a middle-aged manager of a box store. He is divorced from Mary Alice(Kristin Lehman, of "Motive). Together they have a teenaged son, Grant(Sterling Beaumon). Wallace is also carrying on a non-passionate affair with Mina(Anne Heche). Together, that is not enough for him. So, he fakes his own death and takes up the nom-du-renaissance of Arthur Newman, trying to keep a low profile on his way to a career as a golf pro. However, that changes when he runs into Mike(Emily Blunt) who seems familiar. "Arthur Newman" is a pleasant surprise, especially as it favors nuance over any kind of cringe factor in its character study of two truly dysfunctional, yet not hopeless, people. Some of that has to do with the movie's tone which honestly does not avoid the darkness in its premise. But most of it has to do with Colin Firth who is excellent in finding the humanity in such an otherwise lost character.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

This got off to a slow start...painfully slow. If it ever picked up I don't know cause I bailed.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer


An interesting film, with two of my favorite actors. Rather slow at times. I put off watching this movie due to the bad reviews, and listless quality of the trailer. I liked it better than I thought I would, though. A halfway decent, quiet afternoon movie, with a nice ending to it all...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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