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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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  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
    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. Both smart and shrewd -- it wraps that same comforting message in a thoroughly entertaining package.
  5. 70
    It isn't surprising that the film was originally based on actors' improvisations, since it creates a universe of tremendously enjoyable characters and allows them plenty of room to roam, but has only the most predictable notion of plot and nothing whatever to say beyond be-yourself pieties.
  6. This is good, solid work that never achieves either the art or poignance of Van Sant's earlier and more personal projects.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Damon--as actor, not as co-screenwriter--is the best thing about Good Will Hunting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    Ample with truly heartwarming themes and chock full of some supremely well-written dialogue, "Good Will Hunting" is a modest, yet undeniably faultless drama. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2011
    It 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
    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. 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. Nov 11, 2013
    Undeniably genius. This movie is true to its core, lacking pretense. It brings you to an emotional roller coaster too. Thanks to the brilliant and phenomenal actors, it pulled off a great storyline. It's been a while since I get speechless by good movies, but this movie is just one of them. It's mind blowingly good, not to mention a good moral lesson to be learnt. Expand
  5. JackS.
    Dec 17, 2008
    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
    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
    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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