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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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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.
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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
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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
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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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September 6, 2012
By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development.
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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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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 6, 2012
Dano's moments of strangled silence are awkwardly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 4, 2012
It teeters on the line that separates drama from anecdote.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 4, 2012
Kim mostly avoids indie-cliché pitfalls for the first hour, and her use of wintry landscapes as counterpoint to Jody's crises of conscience is practically Bergman level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
The film does find a patient balance between its obvious sincerity and the scenario's lack of depth and surprise.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 24, 2012
So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching.
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style...