• 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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 4, 2014
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun

A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 4/4

February 4, 2014
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine

February 4, 2014
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 3/5

February 4, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz

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.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

February 4, 2014
Scott B.
IGN Movies

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

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

February 4, 2014
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

February 4, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

February 24, 2013
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 24, 2013
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

January 5, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

September 30, 2010
Nick Rogers

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.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009


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

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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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

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
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

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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 11, 2002
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