A Beautiful Mind

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Beautiful Mind
The true story of a troubled Princeton mathematician who is able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.


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The true story of a troubled Princeton mathematician who is able to overcome years of suffering from schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.

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Jan 20, 2015
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If you can look well-beyond this bio-film's exaggerated sentimentality, its "schizophrenia" whitewashing, and the fact that its story was only very loosely based on the real-life genius/mathematician, John Nash, then, yes, you just might find it's worth sitting all the way through its 135-minute running time (which did, indeed, wear on this viewer's patience more than once).

From my perspective - A Beautiful Mind seemed to be more interested in spotlighting Nash's mental illness (and his imaginary friends/alter egos) than it did about concentrating on his amazing ability to crunch all of those numbers.

As well - The focus on Nash's relationship with Alicia Larde (unconvincingly played by Jennifer Connelly), who eventually became his wife, certainly had a tendency to become an irksome "soap opera" bore, which grated on my nerves, often enough.

A Beautiful Mind covers approximately 40 years of Nash's life, from the 1950s to the 1990s, when he was co-awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. Nash is still alive today.

Anyways - Regardless of my beefs and believing that this film has really been so over-rated, I still give it a 3-star rating.

*Note* - If you have the time - I suggest you Google images of John Nash just to see how his looks compare to those of Russell Crowe's, the actor who portrayed him in this film - And prepare yourself for something of a mild shock-eroo!

Jul 03, 2014
  • Kelly196 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful movie... very imaginative...

May 29, 2014

If you watch the movie strictly for entertainment, it's not bad. If you try to watch the movie and equate it with the book, you'll wonder why you're wasting your time.The book is very compelling and more interesting than the contrived movie plot.

Apr 17, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This did not deserve all the Oscars it won.

Aug 16, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It was a pretty big mistake by the Academy giving this film the Best Picture award, while 'Gosford Park' was sitting in the corner being perfect in every way. I am no huge authority on the fascinating life of John Forbes Nash, but when a talented director like Ron Howard takes liberties and makes stuff up about the character it really does piss me off. John Nash never saw visions of actual people, there was no Ed Harris harrasing him and no Paul Bettany helping him push desks out of University windows, he simply heard voices in his head, and having knowledge of this while watching the film did kind of make the movie worse for me, but I can't in all honesty call this movie bad, there are some very great aspects of the film that cannot be ignored. Like Jennifer Connely's wonderful performance, Russell Crowe's performance as John Nash is good but was not warrenting an academy award (another mistake), but whenever you see him look at patterns and figure it all out, I personally find it very fascinating, but it only makes me want to learn more about the real John Forbes Nash and not Russell Crowe's John Forbes Nash. All in all 'A Beautiful Mind' is just one big MEH in my opinion, it has some great stuff, and for most people it would be a great film, as long as they don't do any research.

Jul 03, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A moving but harsh biopic of the great john Nash, the mathematical genius that basically pioneered game theory. It is not saccharine, but it does contain an emotional element. It focuses less on the math and more on the person, probably to be approachable and marketable for movie-going audiences. I loved it, personally, and it can make you smile, cry, and tremble. A BEAUTIFUL MIND is a marvelous film that I would recommend to anyone who had the patience to watch a film that is sorta-kinda about math and economics. Sorta-kinda.

Jun 13, 2013

Deeply moving and disturbing portrayal of human frailty. What appears to be a romance movie is an intense thriller for thoughtful viewers.

Jan 02, 2013

After a brilliant but asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

Sep 10, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics.
The story begins in the early years of the young prodigy.
Early in the film, the protagonist begins developing paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on his wife and friends.
It was well received by critics, but has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of some aspects of Nash's life, especially his other family and a son born out of wedlock.
Oh well..., nobody is perfect after all even if he ends up with a Nobel prize.

Jul 16, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. “Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box”.

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Jul 04, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible."

Jul 03, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You're the only reason I am. You are all my reasons."

Jul 03, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Classes will dull the mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity."

Jul 03, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad your tie is."

Jul 03, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Mathematicians won the war."

Aug 26, 2010
  • armadillo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"What truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has taken me to the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back. I have made the most important discovery of my career - the most important discovery of my life. It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reason can be found. I am only here tonight because of you" ~ John Nash (Russell Crowe)


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