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A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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Philip Kerr
New Statesman
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.
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
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
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 25, 2001
Darned if Howard doesn't make [Nash] as neat and warm as a tea cozy.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
Jeremiah Kipp
Matinee Magazine
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Pedantic and sophistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 20, 2001
One of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 21, 2001
Since love conquers all, you know everything will turn out okay. It's practically a mathematical formula.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 24, 2001
Tells us little about paranoid schizophrenia, less about genius, and next to nothing about Nash.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 25, 2001
You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
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.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 1, 2002
Howard's sappy movie covers some of the material, but is far more concerned with box office and Oscar glory.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 27, 2006
A pedestrian film with a rudimentary script that forces the actors to create believability where there might otherwise be none.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charlie Brown
February 1, 2004
A tedious exercise in manipulation that once again proves Hollywood is short of vision.
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