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  • Summary: Will Hunting (Damon) is a brilliant mathematician, but also an angry young man. To avoid jail time, he agrees to work with Sean (Williams) a therapist who comes from the same tough Boston neighborhood.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.
  2. 90
    Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Damon convincingly matches Williams recrimination for recrimination in this portrayal of mutual tough love, even with the latter giving what may be the best performance of his career.
  4. 75
    Presents a few too many hugs and arguments over what's best for Will. But ultimately, the movie, like its protagonist, boasts an integrity and intelligence that are tough not to admire. [25 December 1997, Tempo, p.1]
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Kohut
    70
    Thanks to solid performances by Damon, Williams, and Driver, the story glides by on charm.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    The acting is top-notch and some scenes are authentically well-observed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 52
  2. Negative: 4 out of 52
  1. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    One of the best movies I've ever seen. I applaud Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for being able to create a true masterpiece at such a young age.One of the best movies I've ever seen. I applaud Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for being able to create a true masterpiece at such a young age. This movie made both these boys look like veterans. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen throughout this movie. Robin Williams plays his best role in his career as Sean McGuire and Damon is no slouch either. I also enjoyed Affleck's role despite settling for a smaller part. Good Will Hunting is a must watch for anyone. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2011
    10
    It comes quite clear that the critics that gave the movie a negative review did not understand the excellence of the acting. Especially fromIt comes quite clear that the critics that gave the movie a negative review did not understand the excellence of the acting. Especially from Robin Williams, has he ver made a movie like this? No. The intelligence of this movie is outstanding, no fancy effects or crazy dramatic turns, just human life at it's peak. A beautiful movie, don't over analyze it, but do recognize how it makes you look deep into life. Expand
  3. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    This is a great movie. I got out of it that it is a sham that without pushing that a life would be wasted and I can"t stand wasted lives. heThis is a great movie. I got out of it that it is a sham that without pushing that a life would be wasted and I can"t stand wasted lives. he wasn"t even on drugs. It also stresses the importance of getting your emotional stuff in order. Untill that was in order, he had no faith in himself. I guess your environment really really determines that. Great movie. you can learn so much from it. That is why I am not into action movies because I can"t learn much from them that I can"t use in life if you know what I mean. Expand
  4. j30
    Dec 1, 2011
    9
    Good Will Hunting is a dumbfounded wonder of a movie. With exceptional performances from Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and wait... Ben AffleckGood Will Hunting is a dumbfounded wonder of a movie. With exceptional performances from Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and wait... Ben Affleck (oh and he co-wrote the movie with Matt Damon). Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2012
    8
    Good Will Hunting is one of the greatest American Movies of all time. It is both Robin Williams and Matt Damon's best performances, and RobinGood Will Hunting is one of the greatest American Movies of all time. It is both Robin Williams and Matt Damon's best performances, and Robin Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Good Will Hunting is both wise and deep. It really makes you stop and look at yourself and life. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    8
    Very emotional movie. Great performance by Matt Damon and Robin Williams, pretty complex characters with their own stories. One of the moviesVery emotional movie. Great performance by Matt Damon and Robin Williams, pretty complex characters with their own stories. One of the movies which makes you look at life from a different angle. Expand
  7. TylerC.
    Aug 5, 2006
    0
    I waited a whole decade to finally see this movie. It was horrible. Why is it called "Good Will Hunting?" There is a scene where Will holds a I waited a whole decade to finally see this movie. It was horrible. Why is it called "Good Will Hunting?" There is a scene where Will holds a man down and beats him until there is blood coming from not just the victims nose, but his mouth as well. If I were to do that to someone, would I be considered "good"? I sure hope not. Expand

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