• 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

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
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

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 Ansen
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

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
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

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
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
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

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
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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It's sad to see a beautiful mind whittled down by such a plain one.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 1, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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A light veneer of condescension hangs over A Beautiful Mind.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

January 22, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It makes you understand what it feels like to have a serious breakdown in powerful, empathetic ways that no movie has ever done before.

January 6, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Nash's subterranean nightmare takes on the gripping elements of a psychological thriller.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 3, 2002
Joel Siegel
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You can't believe Russell Crowe is the same actor who won an Oscar one year ago for Gladiator. The film has a reveal so startling I almost got whiplash, shaking my head in amazement.

December 27, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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As bold and searingly imaginative as it is substantive.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 4/4

December 26, 2001
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 25, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Like a good college education itself, A Beautiful Mind broadens your perspective on life.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 25, 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
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Howard gives Crowe the space he needs to build a memorable character.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Despite a shaky West Virginia accent, Crowe does exemplary work here, his best since The Insider.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

December 24, 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
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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It too neatly pigeonholes the complexities of the dramatic situation, but the performances carry the show.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 24, 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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Roger Deakins' handsome cinematography gives the film the look of a leather-bound classic. What keeps Mind from greatness, though, is some awkwardness in the screenplay, and the film's odd relationship with the true story of John Nash.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2001
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Nicely filmed by Roger Deakins and magnificently performed by Crowe, who never fails to surprise.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

December 21, 2001
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Sadly, Howard blands out in the final third, using old-age makeup and tear-jerking to turn a tough true story into something easily digestible. Until then, you'll be riveted.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone

December 21, 2001
John Anderson
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Humanistic and engaging piece of popular entertainment.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 21, 2001
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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Terrific, surprisingly gripping true-life tale of a math genius battling madness.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 21, 2001
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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In the hands of a better director than Ron Howard, such a protean mix of reason and madness could have made for a tale of Shakespearean complexity. Instead, all we get is a feel-good flick.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 21, 2001
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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Despite the 'Hollywoodization' of Nash's personal life, A Beautiful Mind is a thoughtful, provocative film about human frailties and human strength.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 21, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie fascinated me about the life of this man.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

December 21, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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One of Hollywood's very few really classy or ambitious offerings this year.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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There is more to admire in A Beautiful Mind than you might suspect, but less than its creators believe.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

December 21, 2001
Charles Taylor
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The biggest load of hooey to stink up the screen this year.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 21, 2001
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 21, 2001
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The movie can -- indeed, should -- be intellectually rejected, but you can't quite banish it from your mind.

Full Review Source: New York Times

December 20, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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One of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 20, 2001
David Edelstein
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A pretty good tear-jerker.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 20, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Russell Crowe sometimes summons up one of the most powerful depictions of mental illness I have ever seen with barely an eyelid flicker separating manifestations of sickness from utterly sane displays of creative concentration.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

December 20, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Shows us the joys and terrors of seeing things that others can't.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 20, 2001
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A beautiful movie.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

December 20, 2001
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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The movie illustrates with poignant (if reductive) clarity the awful no-exit paradox of a paranoid delusion -- that its most incapacitating aspect is its terrifying realness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 19, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has fashioned a powerful narrative that's brought to life by the outstanding cast and Howard's assured direction.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 18, 2001
James Berardinelli
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A beautifully written, effectively acted, and meticulously crafted effort.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 18, 2001
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Practically a one-man show, but Russell Crowe makes it an entertaining one.

December 16, 2001
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