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Good Will Hunting Reviews

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Nev Pierce
December 10, 2001
Touching, without being sentimental, and feelgood without appearing contrived, this is one shrink-wrapped drama that's worth unpacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The joy of watching the characters come out of their protective shells is worth the bumps along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
While the charismatic performances of Damon and Affleck make "Good Will Hunting" a difficult entertainment to resist, doing just that is not as hard as the film would like to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Reaffirms the arrival of the star, Matt Damon (who also co-wrote the script), as the hottest young star in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
As Francis Ford Coppola does with The Rainmaker, Van Sant demonstrates how entertainingly a real pro can direct a strong if not especially groundbreaking story.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
...a worthwhile sample of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 1, 2000
Almost any viewer will enjoy Good Will Hunting moment by moment, but many will wake the next morning wondering why, with all that talent on hand, it amounts to so little in the end.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The outcome of the movie is fairly predictable; so is the whole story, really. It's the individual moments, not the payoff, that make it so effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
This has not been a great year for language in movies, but people are going to be memorizing and reciting some of these lines for years to come.
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Matthew Kohut
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting narrowly avoids many sentimental pitfalls thanks to what doesn't happen...
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
An impressive scripting debut for actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

E! Online
January 1, 2000
There's nothing original in this picture, yet it's intensely likable just the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Mature teens will appreciate this story, written by its appealing two stars, of a brilliant young man with a troubled past.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The Damon-Affleck script is jammed with good ideas, strong dialogue and vigorous characters...
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Will's relationships with his best friend, Chuckie (Affleck), and new girlfriend, Skylar (Minnie Driver), resonate with a depth that unfortunately few other movies approach.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting is a confident film with great performances and an authentic look, sound and feel.
| Original Score: 84/100
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting is a very nice movie.
Bob McCabe
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting may well be the Rocky story of the 90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
... an engrossing, emotional roller coaster with peaks and valleys of perceptive wit, unsettling anger, coarse humor, and touching affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
[A] very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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