• maekstar

    ★★★½ Added by maekstar

    Half Nelson really worked for me, showing a side of Ryan Gosling, as drug addict techer Dan Dunne, that proved more compelling than some of the performances that he is credited very highly for.

    The references to civil rights struggles form an interesting juxtaposition with Gosling's dynamic with his young student Drey, played by Shareeka Epps, bringing into question the different ways in which social groups empower themselves. Is Drey's detachment from the machine through selling drugs any less valid…

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  • Liam Fogarty

    ★★★★★ Watched by Liam Fogarty 08 Sep, 2014

    A phenomenal quiet drama that pushed Ryan Gosling into the limelight. The film follows a Teacher in a rural city high school who befriends one of his students when she finds out about his drug abuse. The two begin to affect one another's lives as they are seemingly forced to go down dark paths.

    The film is really personal, it lacks flashy cinematography, major set pieces and simply gimmicks that are there to make the film seem more important than…

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  • YingaGarten

    ★★ Watched by YingaGarten 05 Sep, 2014

    Disappointing drama with an Academy Award® nominated Ryan Gosling as a drug addict history teacher who struggles to hold his life together whilst bonding with a student whom he teaches in his additional basketball class. The film does nothing aesthetically and looks like its been shot on a poor quality camcorder from 2006 and never really explores its themes (addiction, lost souls, racial divide).

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  • Fesapo

    ★★★½ Watched by Fesapo 30 Jan, 2007

    79/100

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  • André Dick

    ★★★½ Watched by André Dick 24 Jul, 2014

    Ryan Gosling tem presença decisiva para a realização deste filme, num papel antes das obras experimentais que fez com Refn e de ser considerado astro. Como o professor Dan Dunne, às voltas com questões escolares e problemas pessoais, inclusive o uso de drogas, Gosling consegue transmitir realismo e sua amizade com a aluna Drey (Shareeka Epps, excelente) reserva momentos de sensibilidade. Talvez o roteiro não consiga transmitir a emoção que poderia, e alguns personagens não sejam tão aproveitados, mas o diretor Ryan Fleck tem um olhar interessante sobre o universo escolar.

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  • Richard Iliff

    ★★★ Watched by Richard Iliff 19 Jul, 2014

    Going into this movie I knew it was about a teacher who gets caught doing drugs at a school by a student, but the way it went after that was completely different than how I saw it going. I figured this for a typically Hollywood film where she'd help him get his act together or some crap like that, but it was much slower, more nuanced, and really just about two people who kind of interact during the movie, but…

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  • Jacob C-S

    ★★★★ Watched by Jacob C-S 30 Jun, 2014

    An earnest performance from Ryan Gosling gives credibility to this low-key film all about history - defined as 'change' by one of the students.

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  • Peng

    ★★★½ Watched by Peng 29 Jun, 2014

    Torn about this one. Taken at plot surface, it represents a lot of things I am finding exasperating about indie cinema. The film itself falls into that trap from time to time. The situations could have been more nuanced. And if you are not going to do that, and have the direction be of the nicely understated kind, the pacing and running time should reflect that too. The slightly too long length has the effect of making this film feel…

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  • landskip

    ★★★★ Rewatched by landskip 03 Jun, 2014

    Before Gosling decided acting meant staring at the camera wordlessly with a faint smile. There's some of that, sure, but he's a drug addict, so it's fitting.

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  • netrima

    ★★½ Watched by netrima 04 Jun, 2014

    Il porte le slip...

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  • Rob Smith

    ★★★ Watched by Rob Smith 01 Jun, 2014

    Ryan Gosling stars as Dan, a popular and committed teacher of young teens in a public school. Dan also has a drug habit and when one of his students, Drey (Shareeka Epps) finds out, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Drey has troubles of her own and seems in danger of being caught up in street crime. Both struggling to help themselves, it seems they can help each other.

    This is a low budget film largely shot handheld (which will…

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  • Paul Dyson

    ★★★½ Watched by Paul Dyson 03 May, 2014

    One of those lovely indie American films that portray a life that appears so simple on the surface but has many hidden depths and complexities. Ryan Gosling is excellent

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