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1997 3.0/5 IMDb 8.3/10 (602k) R HD 126 minutes

When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.

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Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Cole Hauser, Rachel Majorowski, Colleen McCauley Directed by Gus Van Sant

Dramas, Tearjerkers, Independent Dramas, Independent Movies

Languages: English, Spanish

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  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actor nominee 1998 Matt Damon
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Picture nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress nominee 1998 Minnie Driver
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Music Score nominee 1998
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Writing Original Screenplay 1998
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Music Song nominee 1998
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Film Editing nominee 1998
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor 1998 Robin Williams
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Director nominee 1998 Gus Van Sant
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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Towering performance by Matt Damon as a troubled working class who needs to address his creative genius elevates this drama way above its therapeutic approach, resulting in a zeitgeist film that may touch chord with young viewers the way The Graduate did

Emanuel Levy, Variety, 2008-02-05


The film works as a character-driven narrative because Mr. Van Sant and his co-screenwriters are not afraid to unlock the psychological mysteries of their five major characters with clear and concise dialogue.

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, 2007-04-27


It's acted and directed with care, and Damon is outstanding, his scenes with Driver being especially sparky.

Derek Adams, Time Out, 2006-02-09


While the charismatic performances of Damon and Affleck make "Good Will Hunting" a difficult entertainment to resist, doing just that is not as hard as the film would like to think.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2001-02-14


Good Will Hunting narrowly avoids many sentimental pitfalls thanks to what doesn't happen...

Matthew Kohut, Film.com, 2000-01-01


As Francis Ford Coppola does with The Rainmaker, Van Sant demonstrates how entertainingly a real pro can direct a strong if not especially groundbreaking story.

Janet Maslin, New York Times, 2000-01-01


This has not been a great year for language in movies, but people are going to be memorizing and reciting some of these lines for years to come.

John Hartl, Film.com, 2000-01-01


Good Will Hunting represents the firmest step into the mainstream yet for director Gus van Sant.

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle, 2000-01-01


Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers.

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle, 2000-01-01


Almost any viewer will enjoy Good Will Hunting moment by moment, but many will wake the next morning wondering why, with all that talent on hand, it amounts to so little in the end.

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2000-01-01


Even rarer than a breath of fresh air is a breath of fresh Hollywood film. Brainy and heartfelt and right on target, Good Will Hunting is such a film.

Jay Carr, Boston Globe, 2000-01-01


Between this film and John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Damon surfaces as one swell addition to the front line of screen actors.

Susan Stark, Detroit News, 2000-01-01


The outcome of the movie is fairly predictable; so is the whole story, really. It's the individual moments, not the payoff, that make it so effective.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01


...a worthwhile sample of entertainment.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2000-01-01


Good Will Hunting is stuffed -- indeed, overstuffed -- with heart, soul, audacity, and blarney. You may not believe a minute of it, but you don't necessarily want to stop watching.

Review, Entertainment Weekly, 1997-12-05