Half Nelson Synopsis
A teacher struggles with drug addiction while trying to help a girl from a broken home.
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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...
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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...
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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

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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...
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Thoughtful

By avckc
A very deliberately-crafted story which nonetheless succeeds in drawing two believable and sympathetic characters: an idealistic inner-city high school teacher with a drug problem, and a 13-year-old...

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Rated R | For drug content throughout, language and some sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Indie inner-city drama with drug-addict teacher.
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