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A Beautiful Mind Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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.

  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know the material might be very upsetting for kids, or for anyone who has relatives with mental illness or who knows very little about it. There are some strong scenes of family tension and peril, including a child in jeopardy, scuffles, and potential domestic abuse. There are graphic scenes of shock therapy and self-destructive behavior. A character is in peril involving shooting. There is also some crude language with sexual references.

  • Families can talk about mental illness, about how people with mental illness need to be treated, and about what is different now in the way we treat the mentally ill from the days depicted in the movie. Families who want to know more should check the Web site for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Main character, who copes with mental illness, is successful and respected.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Tense scenes, including a shoot-out, a child in peril, and domestic violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Includes some crude references.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking

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