A Beautiful Mind

2001

A Beautiful Mind

Critics 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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Cast

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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Audience Reviews for A Beautiful Mind

  • Apr 18, 2017
    Ron Howard is always great at adapting true stories into well- structured biopics. Whether it be Rush, Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon, or A Beautiful Mind, he has a knack for representing real people well while also adding some movie magic in there as well. The first time I watched A Beautiful Mind I was blown away by it. Not only did I think all of the actors did a tremendous job sinking their teeth into each role, but I couldn't believe how fascinating John Nash's life was. This is a man was a student at Princeton and made significant contributions to the world of mathematics and economics (including proposing several theories and equations), all while being diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. Russell Crowe gives one of his best performances as John Nash, in what also may be his most challenging. Crowe has to make it believable that he's both one of the brightest minds in the world but also someone who is seriously struggling with mental illness. He has great chemistry with his love interest, Alicia Nash, played by Jennifer Connelly. In fact, I think this film is a better romance than it is a biopic. Connelly, who won an Oscar for playing Alicia, is a revelation here. She had impressed in previous films, but there's something about her balancing the sweetness of Alicia's personality with her turmoil filled personal life. I think the main issue with A Beautiful Mind is its pace. At 138 minutes, it's right about at the length of your usual bio-drama, but it doesn't feel like it. The film moves at a really slow pace, especially before we realize what Nash is going through mentally. Part of the reason for this is that I found it hard to approach the complexities of his work. The story is interesting, but I can't say I knew exactly what was going on half the time. If the film would have found a way to make all the equations and theories dumbed down for the general audience, the film would have felt much smoother. Overall, the film is well done. I love James Horner's score, Roger Deakin's cinematography is beautiful, as is the romance between Connelly and Crowe, but I think it lacks in re-watchability and pacing. +Romance +Score +Strong performances +Extraordinary story -But difficult to follow at times 8.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This is movie that proved to the world why Ron Howard is a treasure worth taking care of. Russell Crowe totally nails it as John Nash, even though the movie may not get all details of his life correct. Jennifer Connelly is one of the best actresses in the American land and the fact that she doesn't sway away once in this entire picture makes me incredibly interested to see how it would have been if any other actresses would have taken this role. I honestly don't think anyone could have done a better job in any way, shape or form. This is a movie totally worth the reputation and the accolades that it received during it's time on top.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2013
    Very compelling drama about the delusion of CIA code cracking getting in the way of a life of a career as a professor in math.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    "A Beautiful Mind" is a beautiful film. Crowe's performance is excellent (and almost makes me forget what a schmuck he's reported to be in real life.) I highly recommend this film.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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