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 full review
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. full review
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. full review
Good Will Hunting narrowly avoids many sentimental pitfalls thanks to what doesn't happen...
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. full review
Good Will Hunting represents the firmest step into the mainstream yet for director Gus van Sant.
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.
Intimate, heartfelt and wickedly funny, it's a movie whose impact lingers. full review
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. full review
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.
Between this film and John Grisham's The Rainmaker, Damon surfaces as one swell addition to the front line of screen actors. full review
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. full review
Van Sant makes Good Will Hunting a lot livelier than it might have been. full review