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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: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    10
    I can't believe what I had been missing! This movie is a great and powerful film. The performances are spot on, especially Matt Damon andI can't believe what I had been missing! This movie is a great and powerful film. The performances are spot on, especially Matt Damon and Robin Williams. And the chemistry between those two were dynamite! I completely understand why this is Williams and Damon's best film. The screenplay is refreshing the characters have you put on an emotional journey through oneself. Easily now one of my all-time favorites! I give this masterpiece an A+! 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. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    Everything a drama should be. Well written, charming characters, dialogue that ranges from impressively authentic to strikingly smart, and aEverything a drama should be. Well written, charming characters, dialogue that ranges from impressively authentic to strikingly smart, and a very satisfying ending all add up to one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The screenplay is smart, the direction is sensitive, and the performances are all very good. I really liked how natural all of the relationships between the characters seemed. They gave the film a very easygoing and comfortable atmosphere. I can't stress how important that is for this genre. Needless to say, I think every film lover needs to see this movie. Expand
  5. JackS.
    Dec 17, 2008
    8
    Great movie! Heart breaking, romantic, and had some good humor in it. Truely a great movie about a brillient kid who gets in a little to much Great movie! Heart breaking, romantic, and had some good humor in it. Truely a great movie about a brillient kid who gets in a little to much trouble. It inspired me to reach for my goals. Overall a great movie. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2012
    8
    i dont like robin williams but his performances here is worth commending. he played his character perfectly about man in pain very naturally.i dont like robin williams but his performances here is worth commending. he played his character perfectly about man in pain very naturally. the movie is about will (matt damon), facing his trials and tribulations in his life despite being a genius. good acting from the cast too. 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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