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A Beautiful Mind
The true story of prominent mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. is the subject of this biographical drama from director Ron Howard. Russell Crowe stars as the brilliant but arrogant and conceited professor Nash. The prof seems guaranteed a rosy future in the early '50s after he marries beautiful student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and makes a remarkable advancement in the foundations of "game theory," which carries him to the brink of international acclaim. Soon after, John is visited by Agent William Parcher (Ed Harris), from the CIA, who wants to recruit him for code-breaking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It isn't the device that's so crude, but the execution, which turns Nash's persecutory demons into nuisances that won't leave us alone."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A Beautiful Mind is the best film yet from director Howard."
‑ Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun
"Crowe is convincingly skittish and bounces enjoyably off Paul Bettany, while Jennifer Connelly earns her Oscar in the would-be thankless role of suffering wife. But this is as dishonest as Hollywood biography gets."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Total Film
"The film's strength is certainly the towering performance of Crowe as Nash; he inhabits the man from the internal organs out and Jennifer Connelly's performance as Alicia is also outstanding."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, sbs.com.au
"The result is one of the most successful attempts to make math look sexy, even if the movie strays - gallops, really - from the details of the actual life of Nobel Prize-winner John Forbes Nash Jr."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's not a crime for the script to gloss over the thornier aspects of Nash's story, but the film seems totally unconvincing, squeezing a real life into a formula that's simultaneously more palatable and less interesting."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A Beautiful Mind reveals only glimpses of the dark story beneath its sunny imagery, but the performances carry enough weight for it to stand for something."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Rich and stimulating, occasionally frustrating yet equally rewarding, and definitely one of the best films of the year."
‑ Scott B., IGN Movies
"Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"Kudos to Crowe, who can go over the edge without going over the top."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"Tthe film's overweening desire to be taken seriously gets in the way of the story."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"A Beautiful Mind is not an insult to the intelligence, not quite. But it makes every effort to celebrate that uncommon faculty and at the same time play it down to the lowest common level."
‑ Alexander Walker, This is London
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