Good Will Hunting (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

Good Will Hunting (1997)



Critic Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.

Movie Info

Matt Damon, who created the title character and wrote the script with costar Ben Affleck, gives a star-making performance as a working class genius with a chip on his shoulder.more
Rating: R (for strong language, including some sex-related dialogue)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 1998
Miramax Films - Official Site


Matt Damon
as Will Hunting
Robin Williams
as Sean McGuire
Ben Affleck
as Chuckie
Stellan Skarsgard
as Prof. Gerald Lambeau
Rob Lyons
as Carmine Scarpaglia
Matt Mercier
as Barbershop Quartet N...
Ralph St. George
as Barbershop Quartet N...
Bob Lynds
as Barbershop Quartet N...
Dan Washington
as Barbershop Quartet N...
Alison Folland
as MIT Student
Derrick Bridgeman
as MIT Student
Vik Sahay
as MIT Student
Shannon Egleson
as Girl on Street
Steven Kozlowski
as Carmine Friend No. 1
Philip Williams
as Head Custodian
Patrick O'Donnell
as Marty/Assistant Cust...
Kevin Rushton
as Courtroom Guard
Jimmy Flynn
as Judge Malone
Joe Cannons
as Prosecutor
Ann Matacunas
as Court Officer
George Plimpton
as Psychologist
Jessica Morton
as Bunker Hill College ...
Barna Moricz
as Bunker Hill College ...
Libby Geller
as Toy Store Cashier
Chas Lawther
as MIT Professor
Frank T. Nakashima
as Executive No. 1
Christopher Britton
as Executive No. 2
David Eisner
as Executive No. 3
Bruce Hunter
as NSA Agent
Robert Talvano
as 2nd NSA Agent
James Allodi
as Security Guard
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News & Interviews for Good Will Hunting

Critic Reviews for Good Will Hunting

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (16)

Towering performance by Matt Damon as a troubled working class who needs to address his creative genius elevates this drama way above its therapeutic approach, resulting in a zeitgeist film that may touch chord with young viewers the way The Graduate did

Full Review… | February 5, 2008
Top Critic

The film works as a character-driven narrative because Mr. Van Sant and his co-screenwriters are not afraid to unlock the psychological mysteries of their five major characters with clear and concise dialogue.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While the charismatic performances of Damon and Affleck make "Good Will Hunting" a difficult entertainment to resist, doing just that is not as hard as the film would like to think.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.

Full Review… | August 15, 2014
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Most movies about troubled individuals are insulting in the way in which they suddenly wrap things up with insipid developments that cause tumultuous, positive transformations in the protagonist; this film avoids that pitfall.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Good Will Hunting

A heartfelt and deeply honest drama that is most impressive due to the excellent script by Damon and Affleck, which doesn't even let us realize how attached to the characters we grow to become - and I guess we can all forgive it for that sentimental 'it's not your fault' scene.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Starts off strong but lags towards the end

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


An original story concerning a janitor (Matt Damon) who works at MIT, before he is discovered by an arrogant professor (Stellan Skarsgard) after he solves a theorem only a handful of people in the world can figure out. This leads to an unstable but always interesting partnership of the two, which eventually develops into a raw relationship between the young man and the professor's former roommate (Robin Williams), who is a psychiatrist. This is a very well done film, due in large part to the screenplay, which is simply sensational, as well as the overall solid acting, led by Damon, Driver, and the always versatile Williams. Van Sant does an outstanding job capturing the atmosphere of Boston, and implements this backdrop into a tale of human emotion and uncovering brilliance in the most unlikely of situations.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Good Will Hunting Quotes

Sean McGuire: It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: I know...
Sean McGuire: No, you don't. It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: I know.
Sean McGuire: No, listen to me, son. It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: I know that.
Sean McGuire: It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: ...
Sean McGuire: It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: Don't fuck with me, Sean. Not you.
Sean McGuire: It's not your fault.
Will Hunting: Oh god, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry Sean.
– Submitted by Jesse H (22 months ago)
Will Hunting: "Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?"
– Submitted by Jordan W (2 years ago)
Will Hunting: Fucking people baffle me.
– Submitted by Chandler B (2 years ago)
Will Hunting: Fucking people baffle me.
– Submitted by Chandler B (2 years ago)

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