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2,040 Ratings

As Good as It Gets

Directed by James L. Brooks
United States, 1997
Comedy, Drama, Romance


The trials and tribulations of a compulsive writer, Melvin Udall. After his homosexual neighbor is brutally beaten, he is entrusted to the care of the neighbor’s dog, with a difficult relationship with a waitress to add on top of that.

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As Good as It Gets Directed by James L. Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1998 | 2 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1998 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1997 | 3 wins including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1998 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1998 | Winner: Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Critics reviews

As Good As it Gets was on cable TV tonight and I watched it all the way through while doing other things. I think that’s how it was meant to be watched, like really good but not particularly ambitious television. . . . very likable despite being too long and misshapen. I know it’s a standard knock on writer-director James L. Brooks to say that he makes excellent sitcoms for the big screen, but this one really does feel like five sitcom episodes smooshed together.
December 14, 2017
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Given my biases, I’m hard put to explain what I find so remarkable about As Good as It Gets, though Brooks’s movies, starting with his second feature, Broadcast News, have long been guilty pleasures of mine. He’s made quantum leaps since his first feature, Terms of Endearment… How he emerged an abler artist is worth puzzling over; I suspect it has something to do with sheer instinct triumphing over industry machinery.
December 25, 1997
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