• Released
  • September 5, 2012
  • (NY)
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • Drama
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For Ellen Synopsis
An unreliable musician (Paul Dano) struggles to gain shared custody of his young daughter.
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indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Nobody else could fit the role of a crestfallen rocker that Paul Dano embodies in director So Yong Kim's remarkable For Ellen.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage. It requires an actor to cast aside all conceits...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It has a sense of drift that both vexes and beguiles.
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63

Slant Magazine

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So Yong Kim's direction remains ruminative, even poetic, in its pacing, its sense of place, and its approach to intimacy, but this is her...
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60

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Unfortunately, Kim nearly wrecks the film's observational acuteness with a climax that shamelessly steals from Bob Rafelson's classic...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
In a film that deliberately recalls 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," Dano's performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates...
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development. Her "Treeless Mountain,"...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Sundance Mopey Alienation Flick No. 4,228 is For Ellen, an empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking...
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