• 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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Emma Dibdin
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 4, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 24, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Darned if Howard doesn't make [Nash] as neat and warm as a tea cozy.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

December 25, 2001
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This is a precision story as told by filmmakers who are shooting at the side of a barn with water balloons filled with syrup.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

December 27, 2001
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

The script gets us so inside Nash's head that it makes us a party to his illness and the paranoia that it spawns... but Howard doesn't know how to show us this without, ultimately, making us feel cheated and jerked around.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 21, 2001
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine

Howard softens the hard edge of real schizophrenia with movie gloss as cotton candy, shaping the troubled history of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. into feel good escapism.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: D

February 4, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ron Howard trashes the true story of the mentally troubled Nobel Prize-winning mathematician genius John Forbes Nash Jr. ...

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

February 4, 2002
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Pedantic and sophistic.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 5, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As John Nash, Russell Crowe projects the 'warts-and-all' persona of a genius trying to conquer mental illness. But I can't help reacting negatively to most biopics. I never know what's real and what's made-up -- kinda like Nash himself.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 18, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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One of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 20, 2001
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Since love conquers all, you know everything will turn out okay. It's practically a mathematical formula.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 21, 2001
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Tells us little about paranoid schizophrenia, less about genius, and next to nothing about Nash.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press

December 24, 2001
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

December 25, 2001
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Howard's sappy movie covers some of the material, but is far more concerned with box office and Oscar glory.

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C-

September 1, 2002
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
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
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
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Neither aesthetically pleasing ... nor intelligent.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: B-

February 7, 2002
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

A Beautiful Mind is like a brick to the head to anyone who ever winced at the utterance of "infinity plus one."

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

November 7, 2001
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

A frequently disappointing cut-and-paste job...it fails to find any sort of smooth rhythm or dramatic arc.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 16, 2001
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