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Justin Craig
September 7, 2012
Paul Dano is a shining beacon in the bleak and disconnected indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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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Alison Willmore
AV Club
September 6, 2012
It's built around a strong turn by Dano, but one that feels studied and sometimes at odds with the naturalism the film aims for with its grubby settings, loose camerawork, and tendency toward inquisitive close-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 7, 2012
An empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style...
Matt Pais
October 18, 2012
To make a short story long ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 4, 2012
It teeters on the line that separates drama from anecdote.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emanuel Levy
August 29, 2012
Slow, deliberate and too literal, this Sundance indie is mostly notable for offering the gifted Paul Dano a good part.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 6, 2012
Dano does a more insolent version of his woe-is-me moroseness, but the drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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September 6, 2012
By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development.
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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
Jennifer Tate
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
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
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
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 6, 2012
Dano's moments of strangled silence are awkwardly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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Eric Kohn
August 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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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
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