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Half Nelson

Rated R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality.

R In Theaters 08/11/2006 , 107min.
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85%
Viewer score based on 4 ratings
85%
Critic score based on 31 reviews

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April 23, 2010
drarthurwells
Wasted film of wasted lives with no offering of any insights as to causes of the problems or cures.

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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. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Nearly every scene rings with its own ragged truth, which becomes increasingly painful as Dan's addiction becomes more unmanageable and as he refuses to confront the untenable politics of his own behavior. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Slate
It keeps surprising us, mainly by being consistently smarter and sadder than inspirational-teacher movies usually let themselves be. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
Variety
Avoiding rote inspirational notes as well as boyz-in-the-hood violence, scrupulously low-key drama nonetheless builds to a powerful impact. Full Review

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