• R, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Gus Van Sant
    In Theaters:
    Dec 5, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 8, 1998
  • Miramax Films


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Good Will Hunting Reviews

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Quentin Curtis
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

August 15, 2014
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Good Will Hunting remains Gus Van Sant's most satisfying film to date.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 13, 2012
Emanuel Levy
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: A-

February 5, 2008
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

Despite its coarse exterior, Good Will Hunting proves to be a rather positive and motivational experience.

Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Original Score: B

May 9, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Derek Adams
Time Out
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It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006

Film Threat

| Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The film succeeds not because of an overall arc, but as a chain of smaller moments that glimmer in their minuscule perfection.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2005
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 16, 2005
Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews

June 25, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Affleck is on my long list for Academy notice this year.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... 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

January 15, 2005
Alex Ramirez

Uno sale del cine y se da cuenta de por qué la película recibió tanta atención.

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 4/5

June 5, 2004
Dragan Antulov

A charming, entertaining and uplifting movie with the title that perfectly fits its quality.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

April 21, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Though the movie tells a straightforward story, there are enough offbeat touches along the way to balance out its more predictable aspects.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Original Score: 4/5

July 2, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 4/4

May 14, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Reality of story combines with reality of performance to give us some of the most heartfelt emotions currently on the big screen.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
James Rocchi

| Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
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