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A Brilliant Young Mind is tender and perceptive -- and intelligent enough to find a wealth of dramatic riches buried under well-trod narrative ground.

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Struggling to build relationships with others, a teenage math prodigy (Asa Butterfield) develops a budding friendship with a young girl (Jo Yang) while competing at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Cast & Crew

Asa Butterfield
Nathan Ellis
Rafe Spall
Martin Humphreys
Sally Hawkins
Julie Ellis
Jo Yang
Zhang Mei
Martin McCann
Michael Ellis
Jake Davies
Luke Shelton
Edward Baker-Close
Nathan Ellis (9 yrs)
Alex Lawther
Isaac Cooper
Alexa Davies
Rebecca Dunn
James Graham
Screenwriter
Danny Cohen
Cinematographer
Peter Lambert
Film Editor
Richard Bullock
Production Design
Julie Ann Horan
Art Director
Duncan Wheeler
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Critic Reviews for A Brilliant Young Mind

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (10)

  • Parents and teachers of all the Nathans out there may be inclined to give "A Brilliant Young Mind" the full four stars; for the rest of us, it's small, smart, and satisfying.

    September 24, 2015 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • Long after you've seen the film, you'll remember the wonderfully nuanced work of the cast, particularly Ms. Hawkins.

    September 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4
  • A strong cast elevates this sweet British drama.

    September 24, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "A Brilliant Young Mind" is less stuffy than the usual cinematic ode to British smarts and schooling. But that still can't save this tale of eccentric genius from being profoundly conventional.

    September 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Hawkins gives a performance of remarkable grace and sensitivity.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • With one exception, Nathan's relationships with people go nowhere. Whether it's his mother, his father, his mentor, or his fellow students, there's virtually no difference in how they relate to him between the first time we see them and the last.

    September 11, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    Exceedingly well acted this is a masterful story crafted in to an engrossing story about experiencing loss, love and feeling separated from everyone else due to disability. It explores how disadvantaged people are treated amongst regular people and their peers, you cannot help but feel sorry for Nathan right up until the end which is the only disappointing part of the film.
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