For Ellen Reviews

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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.
September 7, 2012
Paul Dano is a shining beacon in the bleak and disconnected indie drama.
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.
September 6, 2012
By concentrating so intently on the psychically unattached Joby, Kim hinders dramatic and character development.
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.
September 6, 2012
Dano's moments of strangled silence are awkwardly moving.
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.
September 4, 2012
It teeters on the line that separates drama from anecdote.
September 4, 2012
Kim mostly avoids indie-clich pitfalls for the first hour, and her use of wintry landscapes as counterpoint to Jody's crises of conscience is practically Bergman level.
September 4, 2012
The film does find a patient balance between its obvious sincerity and the scenario's lack of depth and surprise.
September 4, 2012
Portrait of punk rock singer/songwriter experiencing a spiritual emergency as he copes with a deluge of trouble and disappointments.
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.
August 29, 2012
Slow, deliberate and too literal, this Sundance indie is mostly notable for offering the gifted Paul Dano a good part.
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.
January 24, 2012
So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching.
January 23, 2012
The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style...
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