A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The well-acted A Beautiful Mind is both a moving love story and a revealing look at mental illness.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Crowe's interpretation of this tortured genius is textured and complex.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

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.

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Philip Kerr
New Statesman

Crowe is called upon to do not much more than stare solicitously at the heavens, from where inspiration duly arrives, to the accompaniment of some predictably celestial music.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year.

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David Ansen

Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman's clever solution is to turn the story of a troubled academic into a Hollywood thriller. How? He makes things up.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

You're well into the story before you can sift the facts from the hallucinations, a process that's made compelling by Russell Crowe's performance in the lead.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The second, idealised, sentimentalised half of the film is torture, as we plod through the routine I'm-here-to-help psychiatrist, the walls plastered with cut-up newspapers and the what-happens-when-he-stops-taking-the-medicine stuff.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
A Beautiful Mind is definitely the type of movie that wins over the academy every year. They've always had a thing for heart string dramas, and while they… More
Raymond Wieser
Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly give stunning, emotional performances in A Beautiful Mind. Ron Howard has crafted a masterful film that is a revealing look… More
Carlos Magalh„es
If you don't mind the fact that this Oscar-winning biography alters the real story considerably, it will certainly be a wonderful experience. Full review… More
Christian C
"A Beautiful Mind" is a beautiful film. Crowe's performance is excellent (and almost makes me forget what a schmuck he's reported to be in… More
Kevin M. Williams
Altho the writing's sketchy here and there, I'm gonna go along with the majority opinion on this and say that here is perhaps Ron Howard's finest… More
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'A Beautiful Mind'. Emotionally overwhelming time and time again. A remarkable story. A fantastic Russell Crowe. The schizophrenia is handled very… More