A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 21, 2014
Crowe's interpretation of this tortured genius is textured and complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip Kerr
New Statesman
October 21, 2014
Crowe is called upon to do not much more than stare solicitously at the heavens, from where inspiration duly arrives, to the accompaniment of some predictably celestial music.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
October 21, 2014
You're well into the story before you can sift the facts from the hallucinations, a process that's made compelling by Russell Crowe's performance in the lead.
Matthew Bond
Daily Mail [UK]
October 21, 2014
The second, idealised, sentimentalised half of the film is torture, as we plod through the routine I'm-here-to-help psychiatrist, the walls plastered with cut-up newspapers and the what-happens-when-he-stops-taking-the-medicine stuff.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
October 21, 2014
The story also comes up with a clever way for Nash to fight his problem: He uses his mind. His illness is a puzzle, after all, and he's good at figuring out puzzles. You'll root for him.
Emanuel Levy
Screen International
October 21, 2014
Despite problems of structure and tone, and some crucial omissions from Nash's actual life, A Beautiful Mind has emerged as one of the season's most enjoyable and popular films.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 4, 2014
A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
February 4, 2014
A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 4, 2014
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.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
February 4, 2014
Kudos to Crowe, who can go over the edge without going over the top.
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
February 4, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 4, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
February 4, 2014
Tthe film's overweening desire to be taken seriously gets in the way of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
sbs.com.au
February 4, 2014
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.
Scott B.
IGN Movies
February 4, 2014
Rich and stimulating, occasionally frustrating yet equally rewarding, and definitely one of the best films of the year.
Alexander Walker
This is London
February 4, 2014
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 4, 2014
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
February 4, 2014
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 24, 2013
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 24, 2013
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.
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