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Based on 27 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The ending leans to soap opera, but Van Sant, revisiting the closet-genius theme of "Good Will Hunting" is too keen an observer of character to let this funny and touching film go soft. show more

  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Rich supplies some eloquent grace notes, and Van Sant uses them to make understated music. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    One can't underestimate the appeal of any movie constructed around Sean Connery's charm. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    A rewarding exploration of the knotty and often contentious relationship between teacher and protege. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Written, acted and directed so intelligently that it stands out from the pack, and is guaranteed to give you the warm glow of holiday movies past -- the kind that celebrated faith in human potential and the value of hard work. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The scenes between the old man and the teenager are at the heart of the movie, and it's a pleasure to watch the rapport between Connery, in his 50th year of acting, and Brown, in his first role. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    It's rare to see a movie that takes such joy in the power of words, not to create lofty works of art but to effect the simple, necessary translation of what's in one's heart and mind. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie is not without its pleasures. Chief among them is Sean Connery's robust performance. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    A juicy and gratifying teacher movie (a genre to which I'm partial). The joy in performance shared by Connery and Brown is the big reason. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    Connery and Brown absolutely shine in their roles. show more

  • June 11, 2013 Sharon Lyn
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    I have seen this film 36 times. I guess I have to say it is my favorite film. It is a story of trust, confidence, pride, authorship, and most of all, friendship. The acting by Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham and Matt Damon is organic! I just love this film!

  • November 20, 2011 swood678
    Report This User

    Excellent story and cast. Highly recommended

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