A Brilliant Young Mind

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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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This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher - whose roles are often reversed - and the unfathomable experience of first love - even when you don't understand what love is. (C) Pinnacle Films

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  • 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.

    Sep 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.

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

    Sep 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.

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

    Sep 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.

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

Audience Reviews for A Brilliant Young Mind


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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