• PG-13, 2 hr. 15 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ron Howard
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 25, 2002
  • Universal Pictures

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A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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Film4

A typical Oscars movie. Solid, middle-brow and worthy.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Consistently engrossing as an unusual character study and as a trip to the mysterious border-crossing between rarified brilliance and madness.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 28, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

I can't deny how solidly it's crafted, how well-acted, and, wonder of wonders, how intelligently written and directed.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

I particularly enjoyed the fact that Nash comes across as quite fallible in the film despite his attempts at perfection. His character in the film is as unpredictable as I would expect the real Nash to be.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Unfortunately, as the picture goes on, the haunting of Nash by figments of his troubled mind becomes a trifle simplistic.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 6, 2007
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Director Ron Howard's deftness in suggesting the subjective experience of Crowe's character, who's later diagnosed with schizophrenia, makes for inspirational narrative, but certain plot points are so reductive.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 6, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Despite serious omissions from Nash's real-life (homosexuality, anti-Semitism), Ron Howard's middlebrow treament of the subject makes for an enjoybale film largely due to the compelling performances of Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

January 26, 2007
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

If this were fiction, it would be an example of superior storytelling, and it's certainly gripping.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

December 30, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A pedestrian film with a rudimentary script that forces the actors to create believability where there might otherwise be none.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 27, 2006

Time Out
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At its most effective when it seems to lose the plot in a scrambled second act that posits the Cold War as a collective paranoid delusion, the film reverts to type (and to fact) for a sentimental anti-climax.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

It presents itself as a biography of the flesh-and-blood John Nash. And in fact, it is really only a flashy, sentimental Hollywood movie, inspired by a few particular details of the John Nash story.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: C

December 6, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

In every facet, it should have an automatic date with Oscar.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Crowe...disappears into the character just as he did when he played tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 4/4

June 25, 2004
Charlie Brown
FilmStew.com

A tedious exercise in manipulation that once again proves Hollywood is short of vision.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

February 1, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... Crowe disappears into the role of John Nash and proves again that he is one of today's most versatile actors.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2004
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

Exceptionally acted, smartly scripted, superbly directed -- a beautiful thing.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: A

February 17, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

This film is a puzzlement in its inconsistency, especially coming from Ron Howard...Still, good performances abound.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

'As straightforward fiction, this is solid feelgood fare, but the fact that it's based on a real person, real success and failure opens it up to far greater scrutiny.'

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

A different film might have been made about a wider sampling of Nash's experiences, but it wouldn't necessarily be a better film, and it certainly wouldn't be this film.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 10, 2003
Rebecca Murray
About.com

Director Ron Howard has created a moving masterpiece, elegantly guiding the audience through John Forbes Nash Jr.'s life.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: A

December 17, 2002
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