Half Nelson Reviews

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April 20, 2007
Dunne [Gosling] is an enjoyable and impressive creation, justifiably recognised with an Oscar nomination for Gosling earlier this year.
April 20, 2007
It's the gritty script and sheer quality of the performances that distinguish this parable.
April 20, 2007
High ideals clash with Bush-era realities in this class debut - well balanced, wonderfully performed, and refreshingly free from cliche.
April 20, 2007
An original work that is moving, not without humour, fly-on-the-wall realistic and uplifting.
April 17, 2007
It takes a while to settle into the rhythm (feeling episodic at first), but Half Nelson soon takes hold with a vice-like grip.
March 10, 2007
I hated this movie.
March 5, 2007
A worthy performance in a film that only needed a couple of tweaks to match his contribution.
March 5, 2007
The movie refuses to pander.
March 4, 2007
Fine performances all around in this admirable, if not exactly great, film.
February 22, 2007
The gifted young actor Ryan Gosling elevates Half Nelson from a project fraught with credibility issues into a surprisingly persuasive character study
February 11, 2007
Since nothing much exciting ever happens in this contemplative mood piece, don't be surprised to be asking yourself, 'Is that it?' by the time the closing credits roll on this deliberately-paced headscratcher.
February 7, 2007
Ryan Gosling turns in the year's best male performance as a inner city high school student battling his own demons while attempting to make an impact in his students' lives.
December 31, 2006
The film builds very nicely and creates a provocative set up where the self-destructive teacher needs to hold it together for the sake of his students and his habit as best he can between fixes.
December 29, 2006
A preocupao do roteiro em contar uma histria que soe realista sem perder a fora encontra respaldo nas performances centradas da jovem Epps e de Gosling, que mais uma vez prova ser um dos atores mais talentosos de sua gerao.
December 20, 2006
Half Nelson feels like the choke hold is on the poor audience. It has moments of inspired acting and filmmaking, but entertainment and believability are as scarce as sober characters.
December 3, 2006
The plot is rather stagnant and it has more than its share of dead end subplots, but the three main characters are interesting enough to make this film compelling.
November 16, 2006
Coalesces into a sobering and meaningful experience.
November 12, 2006
This enigmatic, mesmerizing film about half-chances and halting reconciliations bristles with unresolved tension in a world where black and white are interlocked.
November 4, 2006
This is gripping, moving and extremely thoughtful filmmaking.
November 1, 2006
a fascinating character study of two people, both of whom could use a few friends, being brought together by the seediest of circumstances.
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