A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.


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  • ★★★½ review by Dilara on Letterboxd

    me, a person who failed basic maths twice and passed with D on her third try because the professor was tired of seeing me: i have no idea what's going on but i'm very sad.

  • ★★★½ review by bree1981 on Letterboxd

    Film # 7/30 of Scavenger Hunt 4!

    Task # 12 A Film Featuring a Genius!


    Charming coming of age/fish out of water drama. Nathan (Asa Butterfield) is a socially awkward but highly intelligent teenager who suffers from a form of autism. He finds it hard to connect with people (including his own mother played by Sally Hawkins) or show much emotion and when his father dies in a car crash he retreats even further into his shell. His only respite is his love of numbers and mathematics in which he is somewhat of a child prodigy. After being placed under the wing of grumpy maths tutor Mr Humphreys (Rafe Spall), Nathan is set on a course to make the British team for the International Maths Olympiad, making him part of a team and sending him to china as he slowly but surely comes out of his shell, making friends and forming new relationships.

    This film is full of great performances Butterfield is fantastic in the lead, Eddie Marsan and Jo Yang also shine but the real stars of the show are Sally Hawkins as Nathan's put upon mother,trying to cope as best she can even though she is often on the receiving end of his angry outbursts, and Rafe Spall, who gets the majority of the films laughs as the MS suffering tutor trying to turn his own wasted life around. Out of the young adult stars special mention must go to Jake Davies as Luke, outwardly more confident that Nathan but with his own set of social problems, the scene where he doesn't make the team and has a breakdown is pretty heartbreaking.

    Overall, this is a fantastic little movie with plenty of heart, and a great soundtrack, I can't go any higher with my rating because I wasn't fully satisfied with the ending but I would recommend checking this film out.

  • ★★★½ review by MelissaMay on Letterboxd

    i!! really!! honest cannot believe there is a movie with asa, alex, and sally!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ★★★★ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd

    Overcoming a loved ones death revolves around you, thinking about what went wrong at that time and why did it happen? Questions start to hand,memories start to take over in the nostalgia of the things surrounding us. X+Y (A Beautiful Young Mind) is a tale of Nathan who looses his father in a accident. Nathan is diagnosed with autism and has a special connection with his father more than his mother. Nathan is also a maths prodigy, who loves the beauty within it.

    Directed by Morgan Matthews, the story flows with its own space, giving each character time to share their journey. From Nathan's mother Julie to his teacher Martin Humphreys and Zhang Mei. Even the supporting characters had time to shine in their moments.

    The movie is a journey for Nathan who is now competing in International Mathematical Olympiad where he understand the meaning of love which moves beyond those equations and theorems. One thing I loved most about the movie is that it never really takes on its regular clichés, rather it expands on its own unique identity.

    It shows the pressure the students has whether it is from family, self or just being there. I loved the small conversation between Nathan and Richard and the final scene between Nathan and his mother was just so beautifully captured.

    Asa Butterfield as Nathan is just brilliant in his character, the way he goes through the characters journey through the pain, love and fear was just so emotional to watch. Sally Hawkins as Julie provides a great supporting role as Nathan's mother trying to connect with him. Rafe Spall as Martin Humphreys plays through his characters arc and struggle of his illness and love.

    A Beautiful Young Mind (X+Y) is a nurtured tale that goes through a journey that faces some struggle, fear and acceptance and meaning of love. The ending is really great as I never expected it to end that way.

  • ★★★½ review by RJ on Letterboxd

    sally hawkins and asa butterfield and alex lawther are my 2018 faves, you heard it here first! this was good, they were great, i'm gonna have a good cry tonight!

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