Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting (1997)

Matt Damon, who created the title character and wrote the script with costar Ben Affleck, gives a star-making performance as a working class genius with a chip on his shoulder.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 5, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.

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Quentin Curtis
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.

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Emanuel Levy

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

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Most movies about troubled individuals are insulting in the way in which they suddenly wrap things up with insipid developments that cause tumultuous, positive transformations in the protagonist; this film avoids that pitfall.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

Despite its coarse exterior, Good Will Hunting proves to be a rather positive and motivational experience.

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