• 100
    Richard Schickel Time
    The result is mainstream moviemaking at its highest, most satisfying level.
  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle
    Inspiring and largely unsentimental, this is as much a love story as a tale of courage.
  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    Though the role might seem a real stretch for an actor who just won an Oscar for his Charlton Heston turn as Maximus in "Gladiator," he and the movie ace the test.
  • 88
    Jay Carr Boston Globe
    The film makes more apparent than ever that Howard is quite underrated as a filmmaker, possibly because he's been hidden in full view in the mainstream for so long.
  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
    Crowe sometimes summons up one of the most powerful depictions of mental illness I have ever seen with barely an eyelid flicker separating manifestations of sickness from utterly sane displays of creative concentration.
  • 80
    David Edelstein Slate
    As Nash gets closer to Crowe's own age (and level of dissipation), the performance settles down and becomes first credible and then overwhelming. This is a stupendous piece of acting.
  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer
    What began as a bold and thrilling story descends into Hollywood cliché. But Crowe and Connelly's work rises above the mush. They make A Beautiful Mind go.
  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal
    Howard, and the screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have used the book as nothing more than their jumping-off point for an erratic work of fiction that's part mystery thriller and part Hollywood schmaltz.
  • 50
    Desson Thomson Washington Post
    Instead of an originally conceived movie that reflects Nash's troubled but brilliant mind, we have one of those formulaically rendered Important Subject movies -- the kind that seem exclusively designed for Best Picture nominations.
  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor
    While it's a splendidly acted film, A Beautiful Mind is also a wasted opportunity.