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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    In a film that deliberately recalls 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," Dano's performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates beautifully. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development. Her "Treeless Mountain," the Korea-set saga of two young sisters, was also quiet and open-ended. But the interplay between the two girls provided warmth and depth. For Ellen feels both colder and slighter. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage. It requires an actor to cast aside all conceits of performance, presence, charisma and even timing. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It has a sense of drift that both vexes and beguiles. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    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 most unsuitable script. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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 wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Unfortunately, Kim nearly wrecks the film's observational acuteness with a climax that shamelessly steals from Bob Rafelson's classic blue-collar drama "Five Easy Pieces," and this faux-gut-punch finale feels haphazardly sutured on rather than arrived at organically. Guess that ham-fisted opening shot was a sign of things to come. show more

  • 91
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

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

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe. show more

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