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Good Will Hunting (1997)



Critic Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.

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The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student, he's the kid who cleans the floors. Will Hunting is a headstrong, working-class genius who is failing the lessons of life. After one too many run-ins with the law, Will's last chance is a psychology professor, who might be the only man who can reach him. Finally forced to deal with his past, Will discovers that the only one holding him back is himself.

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Matt Damon
as Will Hunting
Robin Williams
as Sean McGuire
Ben Affleck
as Chuckie
Rob Lyons
as Carmine Scarpaglia
Matt Mercier
as Barbershop Quartet No. 1
Ralph St. George
as Barbershop Quartet No. 2
Bob Lynds
as Barbershop Quartet No. 3
Dan Washington
as Barbershop Quartet No. 4
Alison Folland
as MIT Student
Derrick Bridgeman
as MIT Student
Vik Sahay
as MIT Student
Shannon Egleson
as Girl on Street
Steven Kozlowski
as Carmine Friend No. 1
Philip Williams
as Head Custodian
Patrick O'Donnell
as Marty/Assistant Custodian
Kevin Rushton
as Courtroom Guard
Jimmy Flynn
as Judge Malone
Joe Cannons
as Prosecutor
Ann Matacunas
as Court Officer
George Plimpton
as Psychologist
Jessica Morton
as Bunker Hill College Student
Barna Moricz
as Bunker Hill College Student
Libby Geller
as Toy Store Cashier
Chas Lawther
as MIT Professor
Frank T. Nakashima
as Executive No. 1
Christopher Britton
as Executive No. 2
David Eisner
as Executive No. 3
Bruce Hunter
as NSA Agent
Robert Talvano
as 2nd NSA Agent
James Allodi
as Security Guard
Stellan Skarsgård
as Prof. Gerald Lambeau
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Critic Reviews for Good Will Hunting

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (25)

Good Will Hunting is lyrically directed, efficiently written, side-splittingly funny, quietly devastating.

June 5, 2020 | Full Review…

The headline story from this slice of honestly earned sentiment is Matt Damon, who delivers the year's No. 1 breakthrough performance directly atop his agreeable high-profile turn in John Grisham's The Rainmaker.

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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. You are bound by nothing."

December 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The best thing about Good Will Hunting is not in its well-crafted, psychological symmetries but in the just-plain messiness of its humanity. It's rowdy, it's funny, it's heartbreaking -- it rings of life.

December 5, 2016 | Full Review…

A crowd-pleaser, with bags of charm to spare.

August 15, 2014 | Full Review…

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

February 5, 2008 | Rating: A-
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Audience Reviews for Good Will Hunting

A heartfelt and deeply honest drama with great performances and an excellent script written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that doesn't even let us notice how attached to the characters we become - and I guess we can all forgive it for that sentimental "it's not your fault" scene.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Starts off strong but lags towards the end

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer


An original story concerning a janitor (Matt Damon) who works at MIT, before he is discovered by an arrogant professor (Stellan Skarsgard) after he solves a theorem only a handful of people in the world can figure out. This leads to an unstable but always interesting partnership of the two, which eventually develops into a raw relationship between the young man and the professor's former roommate (Robin Williams), who is a psychiatrist. This is a very well done film, due in large part to the screenplay, which is simply sensational, as well as the overall solid acting, led by Damon, Driver, and the always versatile Williams. Van Sant does an outstanding job capturing the atmosphere of Boston, and implements this backdrop into a tale of human emotion and uncovering brilliance in the most unlikely of situations.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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