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Good Will Hunting Reviews

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January 9, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2017
It's a movie that captures (in a way that perhaps an older screenwriter could not convey) the limitless possibilities of youth, a movie in which a character can tell another, without cynicism, "You could do anything you want. You are bound by nothing."
December 5, 2016
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.
August 15, 2014
A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.
September 13, 2012
Most movies about troubled individuals are insulting in the way in which they suddenly wrap things up with insipid developments that cause tumultuous, positive transformations in the protagonist; this film avoids that pitfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2008
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
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 9, 2007
Despite its coarse exterior, Good Will Hunting proves to be a rather positive and motivational experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 27, 2007
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.
May 26, 2006
Can get overly sentimental at times, but Gus Van Sant's sensitive direction... and his excellent use of the city make it a hugely entertaining and effective film.
February 9, 2006
It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.
October 7, 2005
The film succeeds not because of an overall arc, but as a chain of smaller moments that glimmer in their minuscule perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 25, 2005
For the first time in his career, Van Sant is invisible as a filmmaker, simply getting out of the way of the story and his performers. The film is richer for it.
April 9, 2005
Affleck is on my long list for Academy notice this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 15, 2005
... beneath their arrogance and crass behavior, you'll find a lot of hurt and many defense mechanisms raised against a compassionless, manipulative society.
Read More | Original Score: A
June 5, 2004
Uno sale del cine y se da cuenta de por qué la película recibió tanta atención.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2004
A charming, entertaining and uplifting movie with the title that perfectly fits its quality.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
February 27, 2004
Not a work of art or great power, but it has some moving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 2, 2003
Though the movie tells a straightforward story, there are enough offbeat touches along the way to balance out its more predictable aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 8, 2003
Reality of story combines with reality of performance to give us some of the most heartfelt emotions currently on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2002
Good Will Hunting is another auspicious sign that the best of Young Hollywood is not only bringing back respect for the craft of acting, but for the cogent telling of tales as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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