• Eugene McCrann

    ★★★★ Added by Eugene McCrann

    For every indie pedagog cliche - Gosling's interest in historical turning points is an allegory for the turning point in his life that is becoming increasingly necessary, etc. - something happens that entirely defies the addiction genre - Gosling's mid-way redemption is the cleaning of his apartment rather than rehab. And then there's the race cliches - Gosling comes from a legacy of bigots - that also get consistently toppled - Mackie's guardianship of Sareeka Epps is no less crooked than Gosling's, it's just more straightforwardly hazardous.

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  • Tyler Dixon

    ★★★ Watched by Tyler Dixon 06 Apr, 2014

    A movie about something. Not sure what. The characters never really changed (except maybe for the worst) and the story never really went anywhere. I was really expecting more to happen.

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  • Dnl Crnll

    ★★★½ Added by Dnl Crnll

    Yes there are problems with this movie but rarely has Ryan Gosling been so good. This was done before hollywood told him he was good looking.

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  • David Dougan

    ★★★½ Watched by David Dougan 26 Mar, 2014

    I don't remember Half Nelson being in UK cinemas in 2007, and having watched it, it certainly feels like a film that would have a short life-span in bigger cinemas.

    But that doesn't mean that it's a bad film, just a very low budget one that can't have been heavily advertised (and although he'd already been in The Notebook, Ryan Gosling wasn't the star he is now when it was released).

    There's nothing flashy about the film, but Gosling's performance is very good, and there's a very capable cast around him. It's definitely worth seeking out.

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  • teamzizzou

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by teamzizzou

    Time and time again I watch it..time and time again I love it.

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  • Joe

    ★★★½ Watched by Joe 20 Mar, 2014

    Ryan Gosling is the real reason to see this indie piece of poverty porn. One of his best works. I'm also a fan of the use of middle schoolers giving their report on civil rights as a non sequitur.

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  • Michael Hill/Mara

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Michael Hill/Mara 28 Feb, 2014

    I seriously want to cry. As a person with a habit of certain drug use, this film makes me want think this is a confident vision of my future life.

    Half Nelson is one of the greatest films made featuring a drug addicted protagonist. Instead of pure hatred for the behavior of a struggling middle school teacher, we receive a rather forgiving and modest portrayal of what addiction can do to ones life.

    The film excels as both a character study and a cautionary tale.

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  • kylegarvey

    ★★★½ Added by kylegarvey

    The feature début of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, which keeps a brazen pudginess (white-male-teacher/black-female-student sensitivities instantly trampled on, homebrew Brooklyn setting, forlorn indie rock) but also a wonderful depth: education, race, drugs, personal development rolled into one contemplative and suitably nervy little drama.

    Fleck and Boden met at NYU, teamed up for "Gowanus, Brooklyn," a short form of HALF NELSON), and then -- once the longer version proved a critical darling, the indie success of 2006 -- reteamed on…

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  • Luke Nairn

    ★★★★½ Watched by Luke Nairn 20 Feb, 2014

    The only constant is change.

    Beautiful film.

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  •  Justin Purwitsky

    ★★★★ Watched by Justin Purwitsky 16 Feb, 2014

    Gosling gives a mesmerizing performance here. Absolutely mesmerizing! The guy really is unbelievable. The rest of the cast does a great job too especially the young Epps who has a lot to live up to against Gosling but holds her own.

    The film is a great character study about drugs and friendship and relationships and life. The look of the film is dreary and dingy and sun soaked and shot with a keen and beautiful eye leading to unconventionally stunning…

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  • LaliLada

    ★★★★ Added by LaliLada

    I went in watching one film, and came out watching something I didn't expect. But in a very good way.
    Ryan Gosling (in a Oscar-nominated performance) plays Dan, a drug addict who works as a teacher in a Brooklyn neighborhood. He is found getting high one night by a student of his, Dre, and their secret bonds them into a friendship. But things turn awkward when a local drug dealer wants Dre to join his business, and Dan tries to…

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  • queenygritte

    ★★★ Watched by queenygritte 01 Feb, 2014

    Feel like I'd have enjoyed it more watching it alone. Still a good film with a very strong performance from Gosling and stunning cinematography.

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