Good Will Hunting

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 371 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 5 out of 371

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  1. Jun 7, 2012
    5
    The premise and Robin Williams are great, but the rest is utterly a disappointment.
    http://themoviefreakblog.com/2012/06/02/review-good-will-hunting/
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    5
    I saw this movie for the first time last night and I'm sad to say it has not held up well. The audience is meant to believe that Matt Damon's character is smart because he writes mathematic gibberish on a black board conveniently placed in a walk way for a janitor to draw on, I was never convinced he was the genius the movie claimed him to be. The movie has good acting if you considerI saw this movie for the first time last night and I'm sad to say it has not held up well. The audience is meant to believe that Matt Damon's character is smart because he writes mathematic gibberish on a black board conveniently placed in a walk way for a janitor to draw on, I was never convinced he was the genius the movie claimed him to be. The movie has good acting if you consider characters yelling and swearing at each other for 3 quarters of the movie for little reason and for nothing you will care about. In the end I never cared about the films characters nor did I find them relatable. Pass Expand
  3. PatC.
    Jan 8, 2004
    4
    Nobody seems to want to ask the question, so I will: How twisted do you have to be to want to go out of your way to help this obnoxious young man? It was so impressive when he comprehended complex equations, but in the end people cared about him, not because he was gifted, but because they weren't. I prefer to not glorify personalities who in real life are insufferable. Don't Nobody seems to want to ask the question, so I will: How twisted do you have to be to want to go out of your way to help this obnoxious young man? It was so impressive when he comprehended complex equations, but in the end people cared about him, not because he was gifted, but because they weren't. I prefer to not glorify personalities who in real life are insufferable. Don't get me wrong. It's OK if they do it in Boston. I don't live there. If they want to hunt for the good in Will, fine, but I would shoot this turkey. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2015
    6
    The movie itself is OK, and some of it is really interesting. But, two Afflecks in the same movie? I mean, whose idea was this? Was it suposed to be funny?
  5. Mar 17, 2015
    4
    For what it is, Good Will Hunting isn't bad. Robin Williams is okay, the message is inoffensive, it serves fine in that respect. But by no means is it special. Even if it was relatively original for its time, this is just another hefty serving of Robin Williams ego-porn. "He's a genius". "This is unorthodox". The whole stupid slew of quirky-but-good nonsense audiences eat up to make themFor what it is, Good Will Hunting isn't bad. Robin Williams is okay, the message is inoffensive, it serves fine in that respect. But by no means is it special. Even if it was relatively original for its time, this is just another hefty serving of Robin Williams ego-porn. "He's a genius". "This is unorthodox". The whole stupid slew of quirky-but-good nonsense audiences eat up to make them feel like they've achieved something. The protagonist is bland, annoyingly shallow and eerily 2d. He exists purely for the audience to relate to so when he is told he is oh-so-bloody-great the audience will feel complimented, proud, and therefore enjoy it. Anyone looking for a story however will find bland, unoriginal pandering and little else. It may have been one of the first films to do this trope, but today with all the times we see this bland predictable little sketch it simply can't be justified to watch unless you have some deep personal connection with Robocop. I mean Matt Damon. I mean WIll. Bland, competently well done, mostly well-acted but in the end utterly forgettable and lacking substance.

    And don't go all artsy on me, that symbolism they toss in is clumsy and obvious as it gets. I was told "You'll like this. It's a smart movie." It isn't. It's ego-porn. Make no mistake.
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  6. Dec 9, 2015
    5
    Unoriginal and slow. It's easy to tell how the film is going to end and how events are going to play out within the first 10 minutes of watching. The film unrealistically portrays mathematics as being something easy to grasp for someone with such a high intellect. No "super genius" can solve complex math problems the way Will does. Matt Damon's and Robin William's performances are exceptional.
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    90
    Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Gus Van Sant, working from the tangy, well-written script, gets so much humor, grit and emotional truth out of this tale that the familiar formulas behind it simply fall away.
  3. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    91
    With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.