For Ellen Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 23, 2013
This low-key but shrewdly observed US indie movie from Korean-American writer-director So Yong Kim pointedly opens with a man at a crossroads, unsure of which direction to take. Decision made, he soon afterwards skids into a snowdrift.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 17, 2013
Mumblecore stuff with touching, truthful moments ...
Tara Brady
Irish Times
February 15, 2013
It's almost as though we're working toward an inverted, non-humorous riposte to John Goodman's line in The Big Lebowski: Say what you like about nihilism, at least it's an ethos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
February 15, 2013
One of those mopey independent dramas that drifts through a mere hint of a plot, this film is worth a look for its unusual setting and a superb central performance from Paul Dano (last seen in Looper).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
February 14, 2013
Paul Dano makes So Yong Kim's story of a deadbeat rocker with marriage problems his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 14, 2013
It's uncomfortably funny, achingly true - and the work of an absolutely genuine artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
February 14, 2013
It's a challenging watch - Yong Kim allows plenty of time for the scenes to breathe - but it's genuinely touching, ending on a note that says all too much about the nature of the ultimate commitment-phobe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
February 14, 2013
A tender and engaging drama with a handful of touching scenes and a stellar performance from Paul Dano ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 11, 2013
Awkward, spartan storytelling from Korean director So Yong Kim that captures the tender heart of family bonds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
February 11, 2013
Although little is explicitly stated, the characters' back-story is effectively communicated - yet it's difficult to truly care.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
February 7, 2013
Writer-director So Yong Kim's mastery of tone and elements turns For Ellen into a thing of tender, forlorn beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 25, 2013
[A] glacially paced indie from Treeless Mountain director So Yong Kim, a Sundance special whose muted emotions take a while to access.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2012
"For Ellen" is a small but exquisite film, beautifully observed and impeccably executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 18, 2012
his quiet indie drama distinguishes itself most when writer-director So Yong Kim gets the rocker alone with his daughter for a brief visit that will probably be their last.
Matt Pais
RedEye
October 18, 2012
To make a short story long ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2012
This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 20, 2012
"For Ellen" tries one's patience, but what works, works for keeps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
September 19, 2012
Mandingo's so good, it's a shame that Dano is his typically mannered self.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
September 13, 2012
Its anemic plot is almost nonexistent, and there's not enough substance to support Kim's languid style, resulting in a too-relaxed, 93-minute feature ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 9, 2012
It is the sensitively crafted, difficult struggle of father and daughter to connect, that forms the tender and awkward anchor of this tale. And that is the real romance here, a delicately nuanced unusual love story that is the heart of this movie.
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