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A Brilliant Young Mind (2015)



Critic Consensus: A Brilliant Young Mind is tender and perceptive -- and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground.

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This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher - whose roles are often reversed - and the unfathomable experience of first love - even when you don't understand what love is. (C) Pinnacle Filmsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language, a sexual reference, drug material and disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Written By: James Graham
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On DVD: Jan 26, 2016
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Critic Reviews for A Brilliant Young Mind

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (15)

It is a fully realized love story of rare spirit, the sort of deeply affecting film that can make you laugh until you are near tears, then drive you close to bawling.

Full Review… | October 1, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Parents and teachers of all the Nathans out there may be inclined to give "A Brilliant Young Mind" the full four stars; for the rest of us, it's small, smart, and satisfying.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Long after you've seen the film, you'll remember the wonderfully nuanced work of the cast, particularly Ms. Hawkins.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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A strong cast elevates this sweet British drama.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A loss of focus turns this small English feature from an excellent film into a routine and mediocre one about half-way through, but its opening reels have touches of understated genius about them and it is full of undeniably moving moments.

Full Review… | April 27, 2016
New Zealand Herald

A confidently directed version of an underdog story that we've seen before.

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
The Film Stage

Audience Reviews for A Brilliant Young Mind


Exceedingly well acted this is a masterful story crafted in to an engrossing story about experiencing loss, love and feeling separated from everyone else due to disability. It explores how disadvantaged people are treated amongst regular people and their peers, you cannot help but feel sorry for Nathan right up until the end which is the only disappointing part of the film.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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Well done & very delicately handled way the pressures put on our youth of today, especially those with so called " gifted abilities. "

Elaine Vitucci

Between a 6/10 and 7/10, A Brilliant Young Mind is an inoffensive film, looking to please a broad audience and while it achieves its goals, there's always a sense that it could have done more.

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