Miramax Films | Release Date: December 5, 1997 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
70
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 28 Critics
Positive:
23
Mixed:
5
Negative:
0
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75
Fairly bursts with the exuberance and youthful energy that must have attended its creation.
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]
80
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.
70
Thanks to solid performances by Damon, Williams, and Driver, the story glides by on charm.
90
Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
91
With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.
50
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]
70
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.