Good Will Hunting Reviews

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Quentin Curtis
Daily Telegraph
August 15, 2014
A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Emanuel Levy
Variety
February 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: A-
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 9, 2007
Despite its coarse exterior, Good Will Hunting proves to be a rather positive and motivational experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Can get overly sentimental at times, but Gus Van Sant's sensitive direction... and his excellent use of the city make it a hugely entertaining and effective film.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 7, 2005
The film succeeds not because of an overall arc, but as a chain of smaller moments that glimmer in their minuscule perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Moriarty
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
June 25, 2005
For the first time in his career, Van Sant is invisible as a filmmaker, simply getting out of the way of the story and his performers. The film is richer for it.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Affleck is on my long list for Academy notice this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... beneath their arrogance and crass behavior, you'll find a lot of hurt and many defense mechanisms raised against a compassionless, manipulative society.
| Original Score: A
Alex Ramirez
Cinenganos
June 5, 2004
Uno sale del cine y se da cuenta de por qué la película recibió tanta atención.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 21, 2004
A charming, entertaining and uplifting movie with the title that perfectly fits its quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 27, 2004
Not a work of art or great power, but it has some moving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 2, 2003
Though the movie tells a straightforward story, there are enough offbeat touches along the way to balance out its more predictable aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Reality of story combines with reality of performance to give us some of the most heartfelt emotions currently on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Good Will Hunting is another auspicious sign that the best of Young Hollywood is not only bringing back respect for the craft of acting, but for the cogent telling of tales as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Damon ain't crazy talented like Vincent Gallo, but he's still more than a pretty face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
É realmente impressionante que dois jovens como Matt Damon e Ben Affleck tenham sido capazes de escrever um roteiro tão complexo quanto o de 'Gênio Indomável'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Three soul friends help a troubled young man to find his place in the world.
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