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A Beautiful Mind

8.22 h 15 min2002X-RayPG-13
After John Nash - a brilliant but socially-awkward mathematician - accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a nightmarish turn.
Ron Howard
Russell CroweJennifer ConnellyEd Harris
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Paul BettanyAdam GoldbergJudd HirschJosh LucasAnthony RappChristopher PlummerAustin PendletonJason Gray-StanfordVivien Cardone
Brian GrazerRon Howard
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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NANCY CReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you want to understand a loved one's brain illness, this movie will show you what it is like. Of course it becomes confusing, because the movie portrays John Nash's hallucinations as real as they were to him. Family & loved ones of anyone who experiences visual hallucinations or auditory hallucinations need to watch this true story. To actually understand someone with a brain/mental illness, you have to walk in their shoes. This movie does that for the viewer.
58 people found this helpful
chrissmokeReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
The saddest thing about this movie....
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Because he was a genius people overlooked so many things. While so many who suffer schizophrenia are found intolerable. Even by their own parents. And are thus outcast. Left to their delusions for lack of other relational stimuli. Until delusions take over.

I am a borderline schizophrenic sociopath. I find my delusions are tempered, as this mans were, by interacting with people. Yet I have so few relationships. Because people do not offer me the long suffering they did this man. After I freak out before them they disappear. Leaving me only to God to keep paranoia from sending me into psychosis.

I've found, though I've been kicked out or houses, churches, the college I graduated from, ect, ect....I've found that running adds on CL to buy stuff gives me interactions to spare with people who can always be replaced after I piss them off. Many of whom I do. Being a contractor who works cheap helps too.

But if a schizophrenic person can't be useful enough for people to overlook their many offenses they are almost certainly doomed to isolation until the hallucinations are all they have.

The saddest thing about this movie is this man was not outcast to the dregs of society because he was genius. While so many who are not geniuses are cast out. Left only to paranoid delusions for company.
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GracieReviewed in the United States on June 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great story! A close look at a genius mind and schizophrenia
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Recommended to me by a close friend. The movie is sad, yet some how impowering. The story sheds light on mental illness, a particularly misunderstood, and widely stigmatized area of mental illness. A true story of determination, genius, guts, love, and schizophrenia. We still to this day know only limited information on this particular disease, yet if you ask anyone they will most likely have a distorted and uneducated opinion on what it means to suffer from schizophrenia and can describe an unclear and hazy image of a person and what they might look like and be like, even what their life might be like with the illness.
The movie uses the effects of the illness in a genius way to help us understand who the main character is and what he goes through everyday. I enjoyed the movie, and was intrigued by the life of this mathematical genius. Perhaps our world would be much different if he wasn't schizophrenic, if he wasn't a math genius, if his life wasn't his life. I found myself wanting to know more about this person, the disease, and why we still know so little about it.
I loved that at the end of the movie, I was left with the thought that no matter what you go through, it's really how you deal with it that can be either very sad and depressing or uplifting, motivating, even impowering. We all have a choice on how we deal with things that happen to us, and this movie is an interesting example of what it looks like to want something, to be something that consumes your thoughts your life to the point that even something as serious as schizophrenia might change how your mind sees that something and what the path looks like to achieve it, but wont derail you, because you refuse to let it... and what if that path is actually a better one, a clearer one?
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Favorite Ron Howard Film
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A Beautiful Mind is the real life story of a genius mathematician. Ron Howard directs with a tender understanding of this man's fragile mental state. We see the brilliant mind of John Nash reduced over time with paranoia.

Howard crafts the sincere beginnings of a hopeful mathematician to the paranoid struggle of a broken man. A Beautiful Mind builds empathy for Nash with Roger Deakins' gorgeous shots and James Horner's haunting score. The somber notes swell from lovely to lonely moods.

Russell Crowe is inspired as John Nash. He plays the character with such sympathy and nuance. You feel for Nash and his plight because of how realistically genuine Crow portrays Nash.

Furthermore, Jennifer Connelly is incredible as Nash's wife. She suffers just as much as he does, but in a different way. Connelly's capability to demonstrate a working wife struggling to provide for her family at odds is something to behold.

Similarly, Ed Harris and Paul Bettany play fascinating supporting roles. You watch their characters take on a whole new meaning by the end. The way that Harris and Bettany play these roles is shocking and entertaining to the last frame with them.

Lastly, I love Christopher Plummer's smaller cameo role as the Dr. Rosen. He is empathetic and intriguing in his performance. We get to see Plummer dive into how to speak to someone troubled with a level of respect and understanding.

Overall, I think most audiences will love A Beautiful Mind. Every since it was released in 2001, I have had this movie burned into my mind. It is memorable evermore.
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PositiveLogicReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Celebrate the Madness in All of Us
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Easily makes my Top 10 movies of all time. I was fortunate to have also read [[ASIN:B004QWZ5SA the book version as well.]] What fascinates me both in the movie and in real life, is how genius is often juxtaposed with greatness. With John Nash, it's brought to extreme. But you can see hints of that craziness in people like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk.

Portrayed by Russell Crowe, I was haunted for many years by his portrayal of a man who had fallen so far down into the abyss of insanity...who then somehow harnessed his genius to ignore the insane part of himself and go on to live a successful, quasi normal life. It inspired me to break out of some my own hang-ups to go on do and experience things I'd never previously dreamed I could be involved with, both in the business world and in my family.
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Christina ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A must see!
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I applaud directors that accept the challenge of making films that have mental illness at the center of its core. The balance between reality and fantasy can become easily blurred for the sake of drama to keep an audience engaged - and 'A Beautiful Mind' is no exception to that observation. ABM tells the story of John Nash (Russell Crowe) - a mathematical genius whose mental illness wrecks having on himself and his wife Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) over time. This movie is based off a real story, despite there being differences present (We'll talk about this later)

First and foremost, the representation of individuals with paranoid schizophrenia is wildly accurate. The audience is a witness to it all - the hallucinations, the delusions of grandeur, etc - and the story is shown in such a way that it's hard to tell where the illusions start and where they end. This isn't just a disturbing account of mental illness and their experiences - it's a reality that some people will either 1) relate to as someone with (Or, someone that has a family member that has) a mental illness 2) People that have no experience with this subject, but can only imagine how this might feel. For that alone, this receives at least 3 stars.

Jennifer Connelly's role in this film bumps the rating up to a four. Some people might argue that we really don't need to know about how much Nash's illness affects his wife but she acts as a liaison between what the film is showing to an audience and what the film should be making us feel. There is one line in particular that sums up how many people in the support system of a person with an illness, and that's "What I am feeling obligation". That is a very important thing that people in this role watching may need to hear, and I thank the incredible dialogue for capturing this state of mind without hesitation.

Now, the representation of Nashs' mental illness is certainly a strength, mind you, but this also ends up being a double sided coin. Nash in real life really was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but the symptoms he experienced hardly ever, if even at all, were different from was shown in the film. Nash experienced primarily auditory hallucinations, and this is contrary to the visual hallucinations he is plagued with over the course of this movie.
I'll forgive that though, and I'll tell you why; even with all of the advancements in mental health that have been achieved, it is hard for some people to wrap the idea of being "sick in the head" without some amount of proof. If the director had shown primarily auditory hallucinations, I think it would be harder to distinguish between moments where is having what is an OBVIOUS delusion and times where he appears to be thinking to himself (I mean, he is a mathematician for crying out loud). Inaccurate? Yes. Harmful enough to lose a star on my rating? Far from it.

A good story regarding the complexity of coping with illnesses we can't always see - and that, without a doubt, is too important to ignore.
Immerse yourself in to this movie without judgement, and you'll find it easy to enjoy and digest.

I would recommend!
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mmdolphingirlReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
that it does not preclude them from being extremely intelligent, and capable of functioning in society
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This movie was so powerful and touching. It is a very appropriate movie for most ages over roughly 10-12 and up, depending on their maturity level. It really showed that some people, even if they have the diagnosis of Schizophrenia, that it does not preclude them from being extremely intelligent, and capable of functioning in society. It is remarkable in the way that it depicts "hallucinations" vs. "reality", in that the VIEWER can not figure out what is really happening, vs. what is happening in the mind of the main character. It shows how VIVID auditory and visual hallucinations can be. It also shows a great love story, that even though the character has a mental illness, he is still very love-able, and capable of giving love. It challenges myths and stigma, specifically for people that have "the worst case of mental illnesses." It is quite realistic in many ways, sometimes harrowing, but the overall concept is how a person decided to handle their mental illness with great dignity.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great picture of mental illness and then ruins it at the end
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Russell Crowe is a genius mathematician working at Princeton. Early on he shows signs of mental problems and then has a full breakdown. The movie slowly reveals the extent of his sickness in interesting ways by bringing you into his madness without you knowing it. It’s a real innovative way of showing mental illness. It’s also funny because some of it uses the most stereotypical images people have of conspiracy theories. On top of that Crowe acts like he’s autistic and is almost incapable of social interaction. When he talks to women it’s hilarious. After all that the movie fails at the end by having Crowe say he will fight his problem on his own. That’s a real letdown.
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