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A Beautiful Mind


Academy Award® winner for Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is a towering achievement based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning scientist John Forbes Nash, Jr. Nash.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
3 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know the material might be very upsetting for kids, or for anyone who has relatives with mental illness or who knows very little about it. There are some strong scenes of family tension and peril, including a child in jeopardy, scuffles, and potential domestic abuse. There are graphic scenes of shock therapy and self-destructive behavior. A character is in peril involving shooting. There is also some crude language with sexual references.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about mental illness, about how people with mental illness need to be treated, and about what is different now in the way we treat the mentally ill from the days depicted in the movie. Families who want to know more should check the Web site for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: If this were fiction, it would be an example of superior storytelling, and it's certainly gripping.

- Adam Smith, Empire Magazine, Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Rotten: Crowe pulls out the stops, but he looks too bullish and controlled for such a pitiable victim.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rotten: You can practically feel director Ron Howard standing over your tear ducts, straining to extract every last salty drop.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Altho the writing's sketchy here and there, I'm gonna go along with the majority opinion on this and say that here is perhaps Ron Howard's finest work, the jarring twist mid-film lasting until the end of the work as another math genius gets tried by their own I.Q. and bigtime (see "Proof"). Strangely, this is Connelly's film as the long suffering wife who takes the audience (us) by the hand and shows us "this is not real!" Liked Proof better, but whatcha gonna do?

- ApeneckFletcher, Monday, February 11, 2013

4 stars

Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly give stunning, emotional performances in A Beautiful Mind. Ron Howard has crafted a masterful film that is a revealing look at mental illness and deserves to be seen. Brilliantly put together to create suspense, brilliantly acted to make us feel for the characters (Jennifer Connelly is astonishing), and a moving story of love and determination, A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful film.

- fb701560354, Thursday, January 10, 2013

4 stars

A Beautiful Mind is definitely a typical Oscar movie, but man, it knocked me out. Not only were the performances spectacular (Crowe has never been better), but the direction and cinematography are top notch as well. I honestly don't see how anyone can have a problem with this film, because the acting is too great to criticize.

- fb100001048934982, Monday, June 13, 2011