100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Gosling may be the soul of Half Nelson, but Epps is the film's heart.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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.
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75

Premiere

Nelson works largely because Gosling and Epps work flawlessly together.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
You never catch Gosling doing anything out of character. It's the first Oscar-caliber performance I've seen so far this year.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's a performance that will make you cringe - with despair, with empathy - as Gosling's Dan takes one self-destructive step after another.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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85 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.