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Arthur and Mike (15)


A story of a man who fakes his own death and assumes a new identity in order to escape his life, who then moves in with a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

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The critical consensus

The film wafts along for an hour and a half before expiring in a little cloud of vapour.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/06/2014

It is hard, though, to work out why two British stars were cast in such quintessentially American roles.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 26/06/2014

It is an extreme form of therapy but one that starts to have results even if we don’t believe a word of it. It doesn’t help that there isn’t a great deal of chemistry between Colin Firth and Emily Blunt or that the film turns increasingly bland and dull as it unfolds.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 27/06/2014

Firth and co-star Emily Blunt make the most of their odd-couple roles but are overwhelmed by a clumsy denouement.

**(*)(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 29/06/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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