A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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February 24, 2019
Profoundly, exhaustingly mediocre, a fussily overdone bit of mindless prestige filmmaking.
February 21, 2019
Granted, it's uplifting to see mental illness portrayed on the screen in a humane fashion and world-class intellectuals elevated to heroic status. But A Beautiful Mind feels contrived from beginning to end, a paint-by-the-numbers biography.
February 19, 2019
A Beautiful Mind isn't really interested in Nash's thoughts, let alone anyone else's.
February 28, 2018
Ultimately the message is banal and rather repellent: brainwork wrecks your health.
October 21, 2014
Crowe is called upon to do not much more than stare solicitously at the heavens, from where inspiration duly arrives, to the accompaniment of some predictably celestial music.
October 21, 2014
The second, idealised, sentimentalised half of the film is torture, as we plod through the routine I'm-here-to-help psychiatrist, the walls plastered with cut-up newspapers and the what-happens-when-he-stops-taking-the-medicine stuff.
February 4, 2014
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
Crowe is convincingly skittish and bounces enjoyably off Paul Bettany, while Jennifer Connelly earns her Oscar in the would-be thankless role of suffering wife. But this is as dishonest as Hollywood biography gets.
February 4, 2014
Tthe film's overweening desire to be taken seriously gets in the way of the story.
February 4, 2014
A Beautiful Mind is not an insult to the intelligence, not quite. But it makes every effort to celebrate that uncommon faculty and at the same time play it down to the lowest common level.
February 4, 2014
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 24, 2013
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
Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim.
February 6, 2007
Unfortunately, as the picture goes on, the haunting of Nash by figments of his troubled mind becomes a trifle simplistic.
December 27, 2006
A pedestrian film with a rudimentary script that forces the actors to create believability where there might otherwise be none.
January 26, 2006
At its most effective when it seems to lose the plot in a scrambled second act that posits the Cold War as a collective paranoid delusion, the film reverts to type (and to fact) for a sentimental anti-climax.
December 6, 2004
It presents itself as a biography of the flesh-and-blood John Nash. And in fact, it is really only a flashy, sentimental Hollywood movie, inspired by a few particular details of the John Nash story.
February 1, 2004
A tedious exercise in manipulation that once again proves Hollywood is short of vision.
December 8, 2002
Both Nash and the audience deserve better.
September 1, 2002
Howard's sappy movie covers some of the material, but is far more concerned with box office and Oscar glory.
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