Good Will Hunting (1997) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

The mini-review:

acting 8

directing 9 

effects 8

editing 8

writing 9


4.5 out of 5 🐙


This is one of my all-time comfort movies. I can watch it over and over and over. Back in the days when people flipped through channels, I would stop whenever this movie came up. Who doesn’t love an underdog story? Not Hollywood. Not me. My favorite part of this movie is before he is unmasked by Professor Lambeau (played by the always-excellent Stellan Skarsgard). I just love the idea that there is some masked mathematical genius who is blowing the minds of some of the most intelligent math people on the planet. It just always makes me smile. I don’t know why. Matt Damon was what he would continue to be: fantastic. Ben Affleck was serviceable And Robin Williams probably plays the best role of his stunning career. And I really can’t remember seeing a role where Minnie Driver was better. I’m gonna go microwave some popcorn and watch it now.



(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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