• kungen

    ★★½ Watched by kungen 14 Dec, 2014

    Moderate movie, falls under the category "watch if you got the time", not perticularily good, nor bad. Expected more from Ryan though, week story and it goes on and on and on...It´s like nothing ever happends allthough it does. Kind of boring I would say..

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  • Matt Newton

    ★★★ Added by Matt Newton

    American movie-going audiences are secretly enamored by watching the implosion of others. We take pleasure in playing witness to the downward spiral of our fictitious other, knowing full well we can experience the ride from the comfort and safety of a darkened theater and that we can thank the heavens that, when the credits roll, we may retreat from the on-screen self through which we have lived vicariously, if only for a while. Half Nelson continues that long tradition of…

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  • Jason Alley

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Jason Alley 05 Dec, 2014

    A pale, greasy, pre-buffness Ryan Gosling stars in HALF NELSON as Dan, a junior high history teacher who is also addicted to crack.

    He's great, and so is Shareeka Epps as Drey, a student who knows his secret and could turn him in at any time, but instead decides to extend a cautious helping hand. In many ways HALF NELSON is even more Drey's story than it is Dan's, as she is stuck between two almost equally bad (in different…

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  • Jakub Flasz

    ★★★★ Watched by Jakub Flasz 02 Dec, 2014

    The Gosling man-crush continues.

    I could do without the shaky, cutesy, indie aesthetic of zooming onto faces all the time and recording everything in shallow depth of field. C'mon! Grow some balls and use wider angles from time to time! I think it should be some sort of a requirement for all the first-time indie film-makers. Blurred-out backgrounds look very nice and all but there's time and place for everything. And it's not ALL THE time. Oy vey...

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  • Joseph Henderson

    ★★★★★ Watched by Joseph Henderson 24 Nov, 2014

    Very refreshing to watch a film that hasn't evidently bent over for economic concerns. It doesn't care about appealing to everyone, it has its audience, but it's clearly a film made exactly how it was intended.

    Although initially seeming a bit thin on storyline; the simplicity of its plot is the film's coup. There are no epiphany moments where the protagonist suddenly realises the error of his ways and changes himself immediately for the better. The character progression happens like…

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  • paulsell

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by paulsell 22 Nov, 2014

    This film, man its got a part of my heart. Its not epic in scope, it doesn’t reinvent the form nor does it tell a story you’ve never heard. On paper it seems like a corny plot, white teacher with a drug problem, black student at a crossroad, they will both learn from each other blablabla. But this film is so much more than that, it is the very best of what a small American indie can be when done…

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  • Craig Dawson

    ★★★ Watched by Craig Dawson 04 Nov, 2014

    An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.

    An Indie hit from a few years back that I finally got round to seeing. A pretty decent little film with a very good central performance from Ryan Gosling. I didn't fall in love with it as a lot of people did back in 2006 but what it lacks in budget it makes up for in…

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  • Funnyguy

    ★★★ Watched by Funnyguy 09 Nov, 2014

    Decent character portrayals. With an audiovisual style complimenting it. The acting was good, especially from Gosling, although I felt his character lacked the complexity to play on enough strings to continuously be interesting. It had it's qualities, although I'd say it got a bit one-dimensional and therefore a bit repetitive and because of that a little boring and hard to get emotionally connected to.

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  • stevo

    ★★★★½ Added by stevo

    First movie I ever saw with Ryan Gosling. Absolutely fantastic, as long as you don't mind the minimal, slow indie style. Beautiful but tragic.

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  • Joey Seguin

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joey Seguin 17 Oct, 2014

    From the very moment I first saw Half Nelson, I knew it would stay in my top five for the rest of my life. Maybe I have a personal attachment to the film, maybe I have a bias because Gosling is my favorite young actor right now, but it's just so good.

    I defy you to find a performance (shy of maybe Blue Valentine) where Gosling displays more chops as an actor. Anthony Mackie and Shareeka Epps make for one…

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  • AvenueDave

    ★★★★ Watched by AvenueDave 09 Oct, 2014

    Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.

    Movie #141

    My 2 Cents: The brilliant Ryan Gosling ladies and gentlemen! I believe he got…

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  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★★★ Watched by Joe DiCanio 13 May, 2012

    Rating: B+

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