Liane Bonin
January 01, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Good Will Hunting

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Minnie Driver, Cole Hauser, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Williams
director
Gus Van Sant
Producer
Chris Moore
author
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

Will Hunting is a roughneck from South Boston, a janitor who walks with a cool, palms-out swagger. He?s also a genius on the level of Einstein. Cowritten by its star, Matt Damon, this fitfully engaging saintly-misfit fable is glazed with Hollywood-therapeutic ?sensitivity?: It?s Searching for Bobby Fischer meets Ordinary People as reimagined by Oliver Sacks. What draws you in is Damon himself. Rooster flashy, he suggests a hunkier Leonardo DiCaprio. Will gets caught between symbolic fathers: an MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgård) and a hipster-mensch therapist (Robin Williams) who teaches him how to care. Good Will Hunting is truly a young man?s movie, stuffed with heart, soul, audacity, and blarney.

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