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A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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January 25, 2002
I've never seen an actor try so hard to look like he was a disturbed character.
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.
February 20, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2002
The kind of movie that makes you wish they'd just do away with the Oscars altogether, A Beautiful Mind is as tasteful as a dentist's office, and about as exciting.
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.
December 25, 2001
Darned if Howard doesn't make [Nash] as neat and warm as a tea cozy.
February 19, 2019
A Beautiful Mind isn't really interested in Nash's thoughts, let alone anyone else's.
February 23, 2019
Profoundly, exhaustingly mediocre, a fussily overdone bit of mindless prestige filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 27, 2001
This is a precision story as told by filmmakers who are shooting at the side of a barn with water balloons filled with syrup.
December 21, 2001
The script gets us so inside Nash's head that it makes us a party to his illness and the paranoia that it spawns... but Howard doesn't know how to show us this without, ultimately, making us feel cheated and jerked around.
February 4, 2002
Howard softens the hard edge of real schizophrenia with movie gloss as cotton candy, shaping the troubled history of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. into feel good escapism.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 4, 2002
Ron Howard trashes the true story of the mentally troubled Nobel Prize-winning mathematician genius John Forbes Nash Jr. ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 5, 2002
Pedantic and sophistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 18, 2002
As John Nash, Russell Crowe projects the 'warts-and-all' persona of a genius trying to conquer mental illness. But I can't help reacting negatively to most biopics. I never know what's real and what's made-up -- kinda like Nash himself.
December 20, 2001
One of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies.
December 21, 2001
Since love conquers all, you know everything will turn out okay. It's practically a mathematical formula.
December 24, 2001
Tells us little about paranoid schizophrenia, less about genius, and next to nothing about Nash.
December 25, 2001
You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.
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.
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