A Beautiful Mind Reviews

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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.
August 13, 2004
In every facet, it should have an automatic date with Oscar.
June 25, 2004
Crowe...disappears into the character just as he did when he played tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider.
February 1, 2004
A tedious exercise in manipulation that once again proves Hollywood is short of vision.
January 7, 2004
... Crowe disappears into the role of John Nash and proves again that he is one of today's most versatile actors.
February 17, 2003
Exceptionally acted, smartly scripted, superbly directed -- a beautiful thing.
February 8, 2003
This film is a puzzlement in its inconsistency, especially coming from Ron Howard...Still, good performances abound.
January 22, 2003
'As straightforward fiction, this is solid feelgood fare, but the fact that it's based on a real person, real success and failure opens it up to far greater scrutiny.'
January 10, 2003
A different film might have been made about a wider sampling of Nash's experiences, but it wouldn't necessarily be a better film, and it certainly wouldn't be this film.
December 17, 2002
Director Ron Howard has created a moving masterpiece, elegantly guiding the audience through John Forbes Nash Jr.'s life.
December 8, 2002
Both Nash and the audience deserve better.
December 8, 2002
The film shows the triumph and tragedy of life, as well as the beauty of the human spirit to overcome and survive.
October 30, 2002
Well-made film with some deservedly Oscar-nominated performances -- it takes some shocking liberties with its subject matter but remains engaging and enjoyable throughout.
October 21, 2002
Clear the Academy Award decks. Here comes this year's winner.
October 15, 2002
Howard smashes through the conventions of the damaged-hero tale to recount the struggle of one man to stand upright on quaking ground.
September 10, 2002
Crowe's performance alone is worth the admission price.
September 1, 2002
Howard's sappy movie covers some of the material, but is far more concerned with box office and Oscar glory.
August 29, 2002
Until the unbearably sappy final minutes, the film moves at an absorbing pace and -- in the rarest of qualities - allows the bulk of its sentimentality to emerge honestly.
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