Miramax Films | Release Date: December 5, 1997 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
70
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 28 Critic Reviews
Positive:
23
Mixed:
5
Negative:
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With its sweet soul and sharp mind, it's one of the most heartening films of the year.
90
Intelligently written, sharply directed, and beautifully played.
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.
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]
70
Film.comMatthew Kohut
Thanks to solid performances by Damon, Williams, and Driver, the story glides by on charm.
70
TNT RoughCutAndy Jones
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.