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For Ellen

Not Rated In Theaters 09/5/2012 , 93min.
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The Hollywood Reporter
The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Rather than finding an interesting, resonant ambiguity in his experience, Ms. Kim and Mr. Dano settle for a kind of suggestive vagueness, losing the thread of their character in the snow, steam and cigarette smoke that provide the film's main visual motif and perhaps also its dominant metaphor. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review
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. Full Review

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