By day, he slogs away as a janitor at M.I.T. — Duane Byrge, originally published Dec. 1, 1997. Good Will Hunting is lyrically directed, efficiently written, side-splittingly funny, quietly devastating. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood Los Angeles CA … Geographically, Will's trek is but a short distance from his working-class South Boston neighborhood to the patrician elitery of Cambridge and M.I.T. | Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: Good Will Hunting equals good certain Oscaring. Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. Be Gentlemen Limited Partnership, Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his r… Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Good Will Hunting's characters, realism, heart and humour all fuse together perfectly, resulting in an outstandingly human film. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. with Professor Lambeau and, (2) attends therapy sessions. The class struggle at the film's core, while a bit obvious, is undeniably compelling. On the surface there doesn't seem to be too much going on, but dig a little deeper and you'll find remarkably telling insights into the mind games that go with being a genius. Don't have an account? It's a deceptively good performance by Williams: the schmaltzy raw materials of Maguire would seem to be a trap, but he plays it absolutely straight, in muted, dignified tones, It's a movie that captures (in a way that perhaps an older screenwriter could not convey) the limitless possibilities of youth, a movie in which a character can tell another, without cynicism, "You could do anything you want. Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture. He brings out the best out of the character, and he is perfect for the part. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. He will be granted probation if he meets two conditions: (1) he studies math at M.I.T. By opting to have your ticket verified for this movie, you are allowing us to check the email address associated with your Rotten Tomatoes account against an email address associated with a Fandango ticket purchase for the same movie. Affleck and Damon have created, not calculated, a storyline that encompasses and embraces a rich multitude of personal demons through the supportive characters. Sign up here. But Will is offered an unusual deal by the court, courtesy of Professor Lambeau's intervention. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. The movie... [is] surprisingly moving, though resolutely unsentimental, rites-of-passage yarn. | Rating: 3.5/4.0 The film also showcased the writing talents of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, of which Affleck would later write some stunning films such as The Town and Argo, but here, this was a script he wrote when his career was taking off, and it's great to see that he showed terrific writing skills when his career was taking off. There's even an Amadeus motif, achingly played out by Professor Lambeau, who must face the immutable fact that he is, in movie terms, only a Salieri. |, February 5, 2008 Written by Affleck and Damon, the film follows 20-year-old South Boston janitor Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecutionagreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a client of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. poses as a challenge to the brightest graduate students. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon. 8:29 AM PST 12/5/2016 Metacritic Reviews. Cinemark Matt Damon would make other stunning picture, but here, he takes on a great role, one that is conflicted, and well fleshed out, and Matt Damon really brings that to light here. His first introspective look at himself is achieved after meeting with the therapist Sean Maguire. Coming Soon. Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, 1 Win Gus van Sant's film tells the story of a mathematically gifted young man, named Will Hunting, who's on the search for his identity while ruthlessly eluding his fellow friends. |, September 11, 2020