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A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

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PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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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.


Morgan Matthews


James Graham
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Butterfield ... Nathan Ellis
Rafe Spall ... Martin Humphreys
Sally Hawkins ... Julie Ellis
Eddie Marsan ... Richard
Jo Yang ... Zhang Mei
Martin McCann ... Michael Ellis
Jake Davies Jake Davies ... Luke Shelton
Alex Lawther ... Isaac Cooper
Alexa Davies ... Rebecca Dunn
Orion Lee ... Deng Laoshi
Edward Baker-Close Edward Baker-Close ... Nathan Ellis (9 yrs)
Percelle Ascott ... Ben Morgan
Suraj Rattu Suraj Rattu ... Pav Kamdar
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ... Headmaster
Clare Burt Clare Burt ... Doctor


In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, Nathan builds complex relationships as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love. Written by Anonymous

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There is no formula for love. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

N: Rated PG-13 for some strong language, a sexual reference, drug material and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,408, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,511, 4 October 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is a project selected at 2013 Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum in Hong Kong. See more »


Immediately before the Olympiad begins, a team is huddled together and shout in unison, "Aussie aussie aussie, oi, oi, oi!" A familiar cry for Australians especially at sporting events, the group disbands and they are actually New Zealanders not Australians (Aussies). They wear the "All Blacks" of New Zealand colour and have Kiwi motifs on their shirts. See more »


Julie: When somebody says they love you it means they see something in you they think is worth something... It adds value to you.
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »


Written and performed by Keaton Henson
Published by Copyright Control
Licensed courtesy of Keaton Henson
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A Forgettable Film
13 September 2015 | by cevolatileSee all my reviews

This movie has great value: acting, directing, editing, even the dialogue is good. But where's the plot? Is the central conflict that he has Asperger's, or that his dad died, or that he's mean to his mom, or that he's in this math competition? I couldn't tell, and either could the movie. In the end the main character shows a little emotion and violin music plays and I'm supposed to give this movie 10 stars? Sorry, I hate to say it but this movie is premised on the fact that people will give it high ratings because it's about a kid with mental problems. It's like Blood Diamond, because I'm supposed to feel bad I'm not supposed to say anything bad about the movie. Well the problem with this movie was lack of plot and story... nothing happens and none of the conflicts in the movie resolve at all. There's no tension to any of the scenes, despite the theatrical music that plays throughout, because the only thing that can/does happen in this movie is the main character not understanding or being able to function in social situations. Which doesn't make for a very good plot. 6/10 stars: an enjoyable movie that you'll forget in 10 minutes.

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