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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 24, 2013
Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 24, 2013
The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 28, 2008
Consistently engrossing as an unusual character study and as a trip to the mysterious border-crossing between rarified brilliance and madness.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
February 6, 2007
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.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
January 26, 2006
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.
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
June 1, 2002
It's sad to see a beautiful mind whittled down by such a plain one.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
A light veneer of condescension hangs over A Beautiful Mind.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 6, 2002
It makes you understand what it feels like to have a serious breakdown in powerful, empathetic ways that no movie has ever done before.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 3, 2002
Nash's subterranean nightmare takes on the gripping elements of a psychological thriller.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 26, 2001
As bold and searingly imaginative as it is substantive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 25, 2001
Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 25, 2001
Like a good college education itself, A Beautiful Mind broadens your perspective on life.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2001
You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 25, 2001
Howard gives Crowe the space he needs to build a memorable character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 24, 2001
Despite a shaky West Virginia accent, Crowe does exemplary work here, his best since The Insider.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2001
Tells us little about paranoid schizophrenia, less about genius, and next to nothing about Nash.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2001
It too neatly pigeonholes the complexities of the dramatic situation, but the performances carry the show.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 21, 2001
Since love conquers all, you know everything will turn out okay. It's practically a mathematical formula.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
December 21, 2001
Nicely filmed by Roger Deakins and magnificently performed by Crowe, who never fails to surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 21, 2001
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.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 21, 2001
Humanistic and engaging piece of popular entertainment.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 21, 2001
Terrific, surprisingly gripping true-life tale of a math genius battling madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 21, 2001
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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December 21, 2001
Despite the 'Hollywoodization' of Nash's personal life, A Beautiful Mind is a thoughtful, provocative film about human frailties and human strength.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 21, 2001
The movie fascinated me about the life of this man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2001
One of Hollywood's very few really classy or ambitious offerings this year.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2001
There is more to admire in A Beautiful Mind than you might suspect, but less than its creators believe.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 21, 2001
The biggest load of hooey to stink up the screen this year.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 21, 2001
Among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 20, 2001
The movie can -- indeed, should -- be intellectually rejected, but you can't quite banish it from your mind.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 20, 2001
One of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies.
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December 20, 2001
A pretty good tear-jerker.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 20, 2001
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 | Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2001
Shows us the joys and terrors of seeing things that others can't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 20, 2001
A beautiful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 19, 2001
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 18, 2001
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has fashioned a powerful narrative that's brought to life by the outstanding cast and Howard's assured direction.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2001
A beautifully written, effectively acted, and meticulously crafted effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2001
Practically a one-man show, but Russell Crowe makes it an entertaining one.