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Good Will Hunting Reviews

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.
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
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
February 9, 2006
It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting narrowly avoids many sentimental pitfalls thanks to what doesn't happen...
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
January 1, 2000
Good Will Hunting represents the firmest step into the mainstream yet for director Gus van Sant.
January 1, 2000
Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
January 1, 2000
Even rarer than a breath of fresh air is a breath of fresh Hollywood film. Brainy and heartfelt and right on target, Good Will Hunting is such a film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Between this film and John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Damon surfaces as one swell addition to the front line of screen actors.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 1, 2000
...a worthwhile sample of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 1997
Good Will Hunting is stuffed -- indeed, overstuffed -- with heart, soul, audacity, and blarney. You may not believe a minute of it, but you don't necessarily want to stop watching.
Full Review | Original Score: B