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A Beautiful Mind (2001)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 198
Fresh: 151 | Rotten: 47

The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 13

The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.



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From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.



Akiva Goldsman

Jun 25, 2002


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A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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It's not a crime for the script to gloss over the thornier aspects of Nash's story, but the film seems totally unconvincing, squeezing a real life into a formula that's simultaneously more palatable and less interesting.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The result is one of the most successful attempts to make math look sexy, even if the movie strays - gallops, really - from the details of the actual life of Nobel Prize-winner John Forbes Nash Jr.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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It isn't the device that's so crude, but the execution, which turns Nash's persecutory demons into nuisances that won't leave us alone.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Kudos to Crowe, who can go over the edge without going over the top.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Crowe is convincingly skittish and bounces enjoyably off Paul Bettany, while Jennifer Connelly earns her Oscar in the would-be thankless role of suffering wife. But this is as dishonest as Hollywood biography gets.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A Beautiful Mind reveals only glimpses of the dark story beneath its sunny imagery, but the performances carry enough weight for it to stand for something.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Tthe film's overweening desire to be taken seriously gets in the way of the story.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The film's strength is certainly the towering performance of Crowe as Nash; he inhabits the man from the internal organs out and Jennifer Connelly's performance as Alicia is also outstanding.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source:

Rich and stimulating, occasionally frustrating yet equally rewarding, and definitely one of the best films of the year.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A Beautiful Mind is not an insult to the intelligence, not quite. But it makes every effort to celebrate that uncommon faculty and at the same time play it down to the lowest common level.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Russell Crowe is a sensational actor who can apparently do anything he sets his own beautiful mind to, and he brilliantly portrays Nash from college days to retirement age.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Cynics will hate it, but others will rightfully see it as a great cinematic accomplishment which is backed by excellent performances, great direction, a moving score and exquisite cinematography.

January 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Crowe, Goldsman and Howard aren't trying to solicit love or tears for John Nash, as detractors bitterly claimed. "A Beautiful Mind" sought only acknowledgement of the silent, invisible and brave struggle that so many with mental illnesses endure each day.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

A masterpiece.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Audience Reviews for A Beautiful Mind

Altho the writing's sketchy here and there, I'm gonna go along with the majority opinion on this and say that here is perhaps Ron Howard's finest work, the jarring twist mid-film lasting until the end of the work as another math genius gets tried by their own I.Q. and bigtime (see "Proof"). Strangely, this is Connelly's film as the long suffering wife who takes the audience (us) by the hand and shows us "this is not real!" Liked Proof better, but whatcha gonna do?
February 11, 2013

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Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly give stunning, emotional performances in A Beautiful Mind. Ron Howard has crafted a masterful film that is a revealing look at mental illness and deserves to be seen. Brilliantly put together to create suspense, brilliantly acted to make us feel for the characters (Jennifer Connelly is astonishing), and a moving story of love and determination, A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful film.
January 10, 2013
Raymond Wieser

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"A Beautiful Mind" is a beautiful film. Crowe's performance is excellent (and almost makes me forget what a schmuck he's reported to be in real life.) I highly recommend this film.
October 27, 2012

Super Reviewer

'A Beautiful Mind'. Emotionally overwhelming time and time again. A remarkable story. A fantastic Russell Crowe.

The schizophrenia is handled very deftly, and never felt deceitful when the revelation came. Even when Nash stops taking the pills and sees Ed Harris, I was still seriously questioning whether it was real, because I completely sympathised with Crowe's character, and wanted it to be as real as he did. Only when he acknowledged his hallucinations, did I.
August 31, 2012

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    1. John Forbes Nash Jr.: The implant... I can't find it... It's gone....
    – Submitted by Sree L (14 months ago)
    1. Charles Herman: The prodigonal roommate has arrived...
    – Submitted by Sree L (14 months ago)
    1. John Forbes Nash Jr.: Who decides reason?
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
    1. John Forbes Nash Jr.: What truly is logic?
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
    1. John Forbes Nash Jr.: Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
    1. John Forbes Nash Jr.: Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
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