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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Sadly, Howard blands out in the final third, using old-age makeup and tear-jerking to turn a tough true story into something easily digestible. Until then, you'll be riveted. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one inspiring movie despite extremely tricky subject matter -- better than "Shine" and among the most affecting ever made about co-existing with mental demons. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Howard, and the screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have used the book as nothing more than their jumping-off point for an erratic work of fiction that's part mystery thriller and part Hollywood schmaltz. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What began as a bold and thrilling story descends into Hollywood cliché. But Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush. They make A Beautiful Mind go. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    This is another brilliant performance by Crowe, who is to body language what Meryl Streep is to accents. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Crowe brings the character to life by sidestepping sensationalism and building with small behavioral details. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Though the role might seem a real stretch for an actor who just won an Oscar for his Charlton Heston turn as Maximus in "Gladiator," he and the movie ace the test. show more

  • 88
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    Gripping, smart and moving, without falling prey to sentimentality, it shows what can be achieved when mainstream filmmakers like Howard and Goldsman are genuinely inspired and determined to be honest. show more

  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long. show more

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  • April 23, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Expertly crafted and fascinating entertainment. Creativity is the well-spring of genius but unless properly modulated in sanity it becomes the source of psychosis.

  • July 07, 2009 srbgodsmack1992
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