|Miramax Films | Release Date: December 5, 1997||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.
Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
The script also happens to be quite literate and laceratingly funny, and Damon -- no big surprise here -- turns out to be the perfect actor to deliver Will's zingers.
Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
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]
Thanks to solid performances by Damon, Williams, and Driver, the story glides by on charm.
Damon benefits greatly from a director like Gus Van Sant ("My Own Private Idaho") who understands quiet, funny moments, intricate relationships and beautiful young actors.
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. Read full review
Hearts sinking, we are obliged to endure much pseudo-serious gabble as we head toward another painfully predictable triumph of the human spirit. There must be some better way of hunting our--and Oscar's--goodwill. [Dec. 1,1997]
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