• 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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  • Aracno

    ★★★★ Watched by Aracno 22 Jun, 2014

    The 100 June Challenge #60

    "I'm a big asshole baby."

    The plot is simple, but extremely engaging.

    With Gosling's amazing performance, a great story, interesting characters and great chemistry; "Half Nelson" is a powerful, hard-hitting drama with one of Gosling's best performances to date.

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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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  • Matt Pierce

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Pierce 29 May, 2014 4

    Interrupting cow who

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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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  • bcwmm

    ★★★★★ Watched by bcwmm 22 May, 2014

    So great, beautifully put together and a deeply saddening story yet somehow uplifting... Ryan Gosling was perfect as usual but the girl lead was fantastic. Loved it.

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  • buffalo66

    ★★★★★ Watched by buffalo66 16 May, 2014

    Starts off relaxed and takes it time, but the momentum it gains to the end is overpowering. Also fantastic portrayal of the despair that comes with the arrival of a substitute teacher, especially if your actual teacher is Ryan Gosling.

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  • András Venyingi

    ★★★★½ Watched by András Venyingi 29 Apr, 2014

    A realistic american film.

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