A Beautiful Mind

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 135 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 25 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main character, who copes with mental illness, is successful and respected.


Tense scenes, including a shoot-out, a child in peril, and domestic violence.


Includes some crude references.


Some strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know the material might be very upsetting for kids, or for anyone who has relatives with mental illness or who knows very little about it. There are some strong scenes of family tension and peril, including a child in jeopardy, scuffles, and potential domestic abuse. There are graphic scenes of shock therapy and self-destructive behavior. A character is in peril involving shooting. There is also some crude language with sexual references.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrezashez October 17, 2018
Adult Written byCozymonster Bigman January 6, 2017

One of the most emotional and dramatic pieces of awesomeness I've ever seen! I almost cried!

I think it should be geared towards hard-core teens and adults, because even though it is a very great film, there might be some upsetting and intense imagery t... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 24, 2019

A movie you will constantly think about for ages!

A Beautiful Mind is now my 3rd favorite movie because it changes the way you see the world, and is a movie that feels like it's first person.
It was super... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 16, 2019

Well Done Biopic of the Brilliance and Insanity of John Nash

Cleverly cinematographically showing how the visions affected him in unbelievable ways, truly mixing The Imitation Game and a dash of The Sixth Sense. Intriguin... Continue reading

What's the story?

A man sees what no one else can, and we call him a genius. A man sees what no one else does, and we call him crazy. This Academy Award-winner for Best Picture is about a man who was both. It's the true story of genius John Forbes Nash, Jr., who revolutionized mathematics and struggled with mentally illness. More than 40 years later, as he edged back into sanity, his contribution was recognized by academics in Sweden. They awarded him the Nobel Prize.

Is it any good?

This is an extraordinary story, and it has been made into an extraordinary movie. Crowe is, as always, simply magnificent in a role that would provide irresistible temptation for showboating for most actors. There are superb performances by everyone in the cast, including Connelly (an Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actress), Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, Judd Hirsch, and a dozen others.

What is really special here is the way that screenwriter Akiva Goldman and director Ron Howard have found a way to present both Nash's genius and his mental illness in such compelling, cinematic, and accessible terms. Both in essence become characters in the story as we go inside his head and wonder with Nash what to believe. This is what makes the movie more than a disease-of-the-week special with color-by- numbers "heartwarming" moments of triumph over adversity. This is what makes the movie itself a true work of art.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mental illness, about how people with mental illness need to be treated, and about what is different now in the way we treat the mentally ill from the days depicted in the movie. Families who want to know more should check the Web site for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

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