Good Will Hunting

1997

Good Will Hunting

Critics Consensus

It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.

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94%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 364,336
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Movie Info

The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student, he's the kid who cleans the floors. Will Hunting is a headstrong, working-class genius who is failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor, who might be the only man who can reach him. Finally forced to deal with his past, Will discovers that the only one holding him back is himself.

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Cast

Matt Damon
as Will Hunting
Robin Williams
as Sean McGuire
Ben Affleck
as Chuckie
Stellan Skarsgard
as Prof. Gerald Lambeau
Rob Lyons
as Carmine Scarpaglia
Matt Mercier
as Barbershop Quartet No. 1
Ralph St. George
as Barbershop Quartet No. 2
Bob Lynds
as Barbershop Quartet No. 3
Dan Washington
as Barbershop Quartet No. 4
Alison Folland
as MIT Student
Derrick Bridgeman
as MIT Student
Vik Sahay
as MIT Student
Shannon Egleson
as Girl on Street
Steven Kozlowski
as Carmine Friend No. 1
Philip Williams
as Head Custodian
Patrick O'Donnell
as Marty/Assistant Custodian
Kevin Rushton
as Courtroom Guard
Jimmy Flynn
as Judge Malone
Joe Cannons
as Prosecutor
Ann Matacunas
as Court Officer
George Plimpton
as Psychologist
Jessica Morton
as Bunker Hill College Student
Barna Moricz
as Bunker Hill College Student
Libby Geller
as Toy Store Cashier
Chas Lawther
as MIT Professor
Frank T. Nakashima
as Executive No. 1
Christopher Britton
as Executive No. 2
David Eisner
as Executive No. 3
Bruce Hunter
as NSA Agent
Robert Talvano
as 2nd NSA Agent
James Allodi
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Good Will Hunting

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (2)

  • The headline story from this slice of honestly earned sentiment is Matt Damon, who delivers the year's No. 1 breakthrough performance directly atop his agreeable high-profile turn in John Grisham's The Rainmaker.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • The best thing about Good Will Hunting is not in its well-crafted, psychological symmetries but in the just-plain messiness of its humanity. It's rowdy, it's funny, it's heartbreaking -- it rings of life.

    Dec 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Towering performance by Matt Damon as a troubled working class who needs to address his creative genius elevates this drama way above its therapeutic approach, resulting in a zeitgeist film that may touch chord with young viewers the way The Graduate did

    Feb 5, 2008 | Rating: A-

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The film works as a character-driven narrative because Mr. Van Sant and his co-screenwriters are not afraid to unlock the psychological mysteries of their five major characters with clear and concise dialogue.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Touching, without being sentimental, and feelgood without appearing contrived, this is one shrink-wrapped drama that's worth unpacking.

    Dec 10, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Good Will Hunting

  • Oct 13, 2017
    Good Will Hunting's characters, realism, heart and humour all fuse together perfectly, resulting in an outstandingly human film.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2017
    The class struggle at the film's core, while a bit obvious, is undeniably compelling. That said there are few too many pointed speeches and the whole thing gets a bit maudlin at times.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2017
    At first I was not a big fan of this movie because it moved kind of slow, but it in turn moved me. The story is woven almost seamlessly, and the acting is of a diffrent caliber when it comes to the leads. There are uncomfortable close ups and spanning wide city shoots, no angle is missed and neither can this film be.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2014
    Brilliant, engaging drama, Good Will Hunting is a near perfect work of drama that boasts impressive performances, direction and a great story. The cast here is well chosen, and the film is terrific in the way that it tells a powerful, memorable story. The script which was written by Affleck and Matt Damon is a terrific piece of writing, and the result shows on-screen, as this is a picture that is sure to grab your attention from start to finish due to its energetic story and intricate performances that really stand out. Good Will Hunting is an accomplished drama, a picture that is sure to appeal to any viewer that enjoys a well crafted work of drama, Gus Van Sant's direction is terrific as well, and he delivers one of his finest films. Robin Williams is also a noteworthy cast member and he can definitely a dramatic role, which really shows off his range, and he did that so well in Dead Poets Society and he would later deliver a blistering, tense performance in One Hour Photo. Here, he is stunning, and opposite Damon, steals the show. Matt Damon would make other stunning picture, but here, he takes on a great role, one that is conflicted, and well fleshed out, and Matt Damon really brings that to light here. He brings out the best out of the character, and he is perfect for the part. With a great script, great cast, and effective, immaculate direction, Good Will Hunting is a stunning picture, one that is thoroughly engaging from start to finish, and it is a highly captivating picture that you won't forget. This is the type of picture that sticks with you long after you've seen, and it's also a film well worth revisiting again and again. The film also showcased the writing talents of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, of which Affleck would later write some stunning films such as The Town and Argo, but here, this was a script he wrote when his career was taking off, and it's great to see that he showed terrific writing skills when his career was taking off. Good Will Hunting is a terrific picture, one that is well worth your time.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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