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85
Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A compelling drama that establishes Ryan Gosling as one of the finest actors of his generation. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Superb drama from New York-based filmmakers Ryan Flek and Anna Boden. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Gosling may be the soul of Half Nelson, but Epps is the film's heart. show more

  • 75
    Premiere

    Nelson works largely because Gosling and Epps work flawlessly together. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is a grown-up film that puts liberalism under the microscope and finds it tired -- not a dirty word, as neo-cons believe, and not a panacea, as sentimentalists wish, but just tired and longing for rejuvenation. show more

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

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