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½ December 9, 2018
This film was truly magnificent in every sense of the word. From Crowe's legendary performance, to expertly arranged editing and cinematography, to the raw emotion brought to the table the socially relevant storyline, A Beautiful Mind is deserving of every bit of praise heaped upon it in my opinion.
November 30, 2018
'A Beautiful Mind' offers powerful performances by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly and a touching love story, but this Hollywood bio-pic of a mathematical genius with schizophrenia strays quite off the path from the real story of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Forbes Nash, Jr.
½ November 28, 2018
Intensely directed by Ron Howard, but warmly buoyed by actor Russell Crowe, this semi-true representation of a schizophrenic life perfectly shows the dangers and flaws of paranoia, and shows surprising hope for overcoming one's own demons.
½ November 14, 2018
A Beautiful Mind. I cant believe its nearly twenty years old.
It is the story of mathematical genius John Nash who battles paranoid schizophrenia and eventually wins the Nobel Prize.
The film has a stellar cast.
Russell Crowe portrays Nash in a role that firmly elevated him to A list status in my opinion.
Other cast members include a young Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly as Nashs' wife and veteran actor Christopher Plummer.
Director Ron Howard tells the story of Nash in a thoughtful, emotional way, making full use of the cast at his disposal.
The story of Nashs' battle with schizophrenia brings mental health to the forefront of cinema.
The film is a forerunner of films like The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game.
½ November 12, 2018
Surprisingly moving cinema.
½ November 6, 2018
This film was almost good.
October 23, 2018
Russell crowe's PORTRAYAL of John Nash is highly effective and injects a level of emotion and EMPATHY that provides the viewer with an amazing journey.
½ October 13, 2018
Thanks to terrific performance across the (black)board and a marvelous, if formulaic to a fault, screenplay, the film remains engaging even when the story seems occasionally to slip away from itself, rushing through a life it has already pared down for the sake of Hollywood conventions. "Formulaic to a fault," of course, is a large part of Nash's madness, his genius for recognizing patterns at a glance-smartly captured here by the camera-part and parcel with his paranoia, a metaphysical belief in the underlying interconnected of all knowledge. For all its clever execution, however, in the end the film duplicates too many typical tropes and narrative patterns-"the burden of genius" and "madness leads to creativity" and "irrationality (love) will save the over-rational"-turning Nash's singular brilliance into something far more standard, ultimately submitting to the phantasmic structure rather than trying to interrupt it in any meaningful way.
September 22, 2018
Russell Crowe at his best can't save this movie completely.
½ September 15, 2018
I knew that Nash had been diagnosed as a schizophren?ic but as a retired psychotherapist I believed the story that he'd been recruited by a top secret Dept. of Defense program to break Russian spy codes. Thus I enjoyed all the thriller aspects knowing artistic license had to have been taken (the chase with all the shooting for example). I never thought these could be paranoid delusions because while paranoid schizophrenics can have elaborate conspiracy delusions they never are THAT elaborate. I made for a good story. Tragically, I learned from Wikipedia something that would have been the ultimate downer if noted at the end of the movie:
On May 23, 2015, Nash and his wife were killed in a vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Monroe Township, New Jersey. They had been on their way home from the airport after a visit to Norway, where Nash had received the Abel Prize, when their taxicab driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. Both passengers were ejected from the car upon impact. State police revealed that it appeared neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
September 13, 2018
Great film with multiple interesting topics and theories, and a love story intertwined within all of it, it is beautifully designed.
September 5, 2018
5 stars isn't a rating I give often for a few reasons, the top of which is the fact that this is my 4th review and I've really only felt inclined to review movies I thought were bad or that I enjoyed on some level. 5 stars to me doesn't mean that the movie is perfect but that the movie does its best in every category and in some way finds itself clever.

A quick synopsis. John Nash is a genius dreaming of originality and recognition in the work that he does. A sudden discovery of mental illness and the world-crashing affects it can have on those around such an illness is shown in its brutality. We live out this hero's tale every step of the way.

Now to touch on a few things, the story telling in a Beautiful Mind was superb, I found myself wanting the delusions to be true (purely on the interesting nature of the illusion itself) The character of John Nash completes its hero's journey with poise, a hungry beginning full of trial and the need to do something great. A crashing realization that shakes the character to their roots, and the moment of truth, choosing the harder and more rewarding road. Alicia Nash is strong in her resolve and shows how supporting someone in such a mental state can be just as taxing as having schizophrenia. She is the rock of John Nash and really is the only reason he probably got through what he did. Alicia is clever, smart, strong, and loving. She's independent and could've easily left John but choose the harder road and overcame this mental antagonist with John every step of the way.

The acting was not only on par with the leads but with supporting actors as well, and in the end we come full circle to one of the most satisfying endings to a movie that I've seen since Cinderella Man, which had the same actor, who woulda thought.

I don't think the movie is perfect but I find myself having trouble grabbing onto anything substantial that distracted from the story-telling shown here.

Yes I would watch this movie again, I would recommend it to a friend, and I feel that I am a better person coming out of this story than I was going into it. What more could I ask for?
September 3, 2018
A man's mind is a fascinating thing, you know.
August 7, 2018
It is best to go into this movie blind. It's fascinating and moving in so many different ways, and the performances are brilliant.
½ August 4, 2018
Overrated by people, apparently.

This is the work of a professional. Ron Howard knows how to manipulate us. Here's the important scene at the start. Here's the big moment, etc. Here it comes the music to help you cry or feel. But in the end, its soulless. Even if Crowe tries, this just wasn't a man. This was an edited life of a real man. Edited enough for you to like him without trying to really understand a troubled man and his problems. Because its "well done" it gets a five.
½ August 1, 2018
This is such a beautiful film, and it is based on true events! It just goes to show what love can do to a person and keep someone pushing forward. If you set your mind to anything, it is possible. Even an illness.
½ July 18, 2018
This movie was very entertaining and I believe it aged well. Crowe does it big time, no surprise there, the supporting cast also does it big time. Plot was entertaining enough and even quite surprising.
July 11, 2018
My favorite Ron Howard film.

A Beautiful Mind is the real life story of a genius mathematician. Ron Howard directs with a tender understanding of this man's fragile mental state. We see the brilliant mind of John Nash reduced over time with paranoia.

Howard crafts the sincere beginnings of a hopeful mathematician to the paranoid struggle of a broken man. A Beautiful Mind builds empathy for Nash with Roger Deakins' gorgeous shots and James Horner's haunting score. The somber notes swell from lovely to lonely moods.

Russell Crowe is inspired as John Nash. He plays the character with such sympathy and nuance. You feel for Nash and his plight because of how realistically genuine Crow portrays Nash.

Furthermore, Jennifer Connelly is incredible as Nash's wife. She suffers just as much as he does, but in a different way. Connelly's capability to demonstrate a working wife struggling to provide for her family at odds is something to behold.

Similarly, Ed Harris and Paul Bettany play fascinating supporting roles. You watch their characters take on a whole new meaning by the end. The way that Harris and Bettany play these roles is shocking and entertaining to the last frame with them.

Lastly, I love Christopher Plummer's smaller cameo role as the Dr. Rosen. He is empathetic and intriguing in his performance. We get to see Plummer dive into how to speak to someone troubled with a level of respect and understanding.

Overall, I think most audiences will love A Beautiful Mind. Every since it was released in 2001, I have had this movie burned into my mind. It is memorable evermore.
½ July 11, 2018
Sometimes stifled by its melodramatic romanticisms, "A Beautiful Mind" delivers a respectable, big-budget presentation of the mind which drove the late Dr. John Nash; complete with a decent midway plot twist.
½ May 11, 2018
A Beautiful Mind is an outstanding true story about the mathematician John Nash Jr. Ron Howard does a great job directing recreating his life. Russel Crowe and Jennifer Connelly both give truly outstanding performances that really make us feel how the characters they portrayed feel giving one of the best performances of both of their careers. It's a sad and emotional film that's an amazing story of love and loss with a great look at mental illness.
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