Half Nelson Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Ryan Gosling's self-destructive teacher is easily the year's most mesmerizing character study. And he's hardly the only reason to see this film. Shareeka Epps anchors her scenes as Drey with a self-possession way beyond her years.
February 27, 2007
October 30, 2006
Gosling and Epps, an unusual but effective pairing, show real commitment in their performances.
October 20, 2006
The movie comes down to Gosling's spot-on performance and how we feel about it.
October 7, 2006
Gosling is indeed amazing as a bewildered, depressed New York schoolteacher who is slipping into dire drug addiction; it's exactly the kind of star turn in a smaller film that Academy voters could (and should) notice.
October 6, 2006
Although the subject promises more than the film can deliver, there is compensation in Gosling's convincing, unromanticized portrayal of someone seeking escape from longing and loss that neither he nor the movie can really define.
March 9, 2019
High ideals clash with Bush-era realities in this class debut - well balanced, wonderfully performed, and refreshingly free from cliché.
April 12, 2014
A fantastic merging of talents into a pure piece of art...
December 15, 2010
Indie inner-city drama with drug-addict teacher.
September 24, 2010
"Half Nelson" elegantly tiptoe around its elephant in the room: Dan's most compelling instruction to not let Drey enter the drug trade is his own destruction. That point of panic turns into something approaching penance.
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