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Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden. Read full review
Half Nelson offers an opportunity to marvel, once again, at the dazzling talent of Ryan Gosling for playing young men as believable as they are psychologically trip-wired. Read full review
Gosling may be the soul of Half Nelson, but Epps is the film's heart. Read full review
No halves about it: Half Nelson is a wholly absorbing and delicately shaded portrait of an educator played by Ryan Gosling, a young man harboring an offstage secret. Read full review
A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation. Read full review
If there was ever any doubt, with Half Nelson, Ryan Gosling establishes himself as a major talent and one of the finest young actors around. Read full review
Nelson works largely because Gosling and Epps work flawlessly together. Read full review
You never catch Gosling doing anything out of character. It's the first Oscar-caliber performance I've seen so far this year. Read full review
It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another. Read full review
It is not easy to watch, yet beyond the traps that society and the urban culture have set up for Drey and the other kids, and the traps that Dan is falling into on his own, this is ultimately a hopeful story of common humanity. Read full review
unusual and politically metaphorical
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