100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Crowe brings the character to life by sidestepping sensationalism and building with small behavioral details.
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90

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
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.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Crowe sometimes summons up one of the most powerful depictions of mental illness I have ever seen with barely an eyelid flicker separating manifestations of sickness from utterly sane displays of creative concentration.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This is another brilliant performance by Crowe, who is to body language what Meryl Streep is to accents.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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