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A Beautiful Mind (2001)



Critic Consensus: The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.

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From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.

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Russell Crowe
as John Nash
Jennifer Connelly
as Alicia Nash
Ed Harris
as Parcher
Paul Bettany
as Charles
Josh Lucas
as Hansen
Judd Hirsch
as Helinger
Victor Steinbach
as Professor Horner
Jesse Doran
as General
Patrick Blindauer
as MIT Student
John Blaylock
as Photographer
Roy Thinnes
as Governor
Anthony Easton
as Young Man
Cheryl Howard
as Harvard Administrator
Rance Howard
as White-Haired Patient
Jane Jenkins
as Code-Red Nurse
Darius Stone
as Adjunct
Josh Pais
as Princeton Professor
Teagle F. Bougere
as Young Professor
David B. Allen
as John Nash Jr.(age 13)
Michael Esper
as John Nash Jr. (age 20)
Amy Walz
as Blond in Bar
Tracey Toomey
as Brunette
Yvonne Thomas
as Brunette
Holly Pitrago
as Brunette
Isadore Rosenfeld
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Thomas C. Allen
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Dave Bayer
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Brian Keith Lewis
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Tom McNutt
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Will Dunham
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Glenn Roberts
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Ed Jupp Jr.
as Pen Ceremony Professor
Christopher Stockton
as Princeton Student
Gregory Dress
as Princeton Student
Carla Occhiogrosso
as Princeton Student
Matt Samson
as Princeton Student
Lyena Nomura
as Princeton Student
Kathleen Fellegara
as Insulin Treatment Nurse
Betsy Klompus
as Insulin Treatment Nurse
Stelio Savante
as Technician
Logan McCall
as Technician
Bob Broder
as Technician
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Critic Reviews for A Beautiful Mind

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (46)

Crowe's interpretation of this tortured genius is textured and complex.

October 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year.

February 4, 2014 | Full Review…

It's not a crime for the script to gloss over the thornier aspects of Nash's story, but the film seems totally unconvincing, squeezing a real life into a formula that's simultaneously more palatable and less interesting.

February 4, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The result is one of the most successful attempts to make math look sexy, even if the movie strays - gallops, really - from the details of the actual life of Nobel Prize-winner John Forbes Nash Jr.

February 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up.

February 4, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It isn't the device that's so crude, but the execution, which turns Nash's persecutory demons into nuisances that won't leave us alone.

February 24, 2013 | Full Review…

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If you don't mind the fact that this Oscar-winning biography alters the real story considerably, it will certainly be a wonderful experience. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Altho the writing's sketchy here and there, I'm gonna go along with the majority opinion on this and say that here is perhaps Ron Howard's finest work, the jarring twist mid-film lasting until the end of the work as another math genius gets tried by their own I.Q. and bigtime (see "Proof"). Strangely, this is Connelly's film as the long suffering wife who takes the audience (us) by the hand and shows us "this is not real!" Liked Proof better, but whatcha gonna do?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly give stunning, emotional performances in A Beautiful Mind. Ron Howard has crafted a masterful film that is a revealing look at mental illness and deserves to be seen. Brilliantly put together to create suspense, brilliantly acted to make us feel for the characters (Jennifer Connelly is astonishing), and a moving story of love and determination, A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful film.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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