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Good Will Hunting Reviews

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Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
All told, the film has plenty of enjoyable moments, but it's just not the deep experience the filmmakers want you to believe it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 27, 2004
Not a work of art or great power, but it has some moving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Quentin Curtis
Daily Telegraph (UK)
August 15, 2014
A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.
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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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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
...a worthwhile sample of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting is a most accomplished writing debut for two young actors with a solid future as Hollywood hyphenates.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is a film with a serious credibility problem and one which stagnates in the middle act.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Van Sant makes Good Will Hunting a lot livelier than it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.
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
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
At the core of Good Will Hunting is vivid, succulent dialogue that is emotionally naked, yet remarkably pedestrian at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 1, 2002
Three soul friends help a troubled young man to find his place in the world.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
É realmente impressionante que dois jovens como Matt Damon e Ben Affleck tenham sido capazes de escrever um roteiro tão complexo quanto o de 'Gênio Indomável'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 4/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Affleck is on my long list for Academy notice this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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