For Ellen Reviews

  • Dano does a more insolent version of his woe-is-me moroseness, but the drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It teeters on the line that separates drama from anecdote.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • "For Ellen" tries one's patience, but what works, works for keeps.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The film does find a patient balance between its obvious sincerity and the scenario's lack of depth and surprise.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • Dano's moments of strangled silence are awkwardly moving.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • his quiet indie drama distinguishes itself most when writer-director So Yong Kim gets the rocker alone with his daughter for a brief visit that will probably be their last.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • An empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Nobody else could fit the role of a crestfallen rocker that Paul Dano embodies in director So Yong Kim's remarkable For Ellen.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • The scant character development is not enhanced by the film's directorial style...

    Justin Lowe — Hollywood Reporter

  • "For Ellen" is a small but exquisite film, beautifully observed and impeccably executed.

    Kenneth Turan — Los Angeles Times

  • This low-key but shrewdly observed US indie movie from Korean-American writer-director So Yong Kim pointedly opens with a man at a crossroads, unsure of which direction to take. Decision made, he soon afterwards skids into a snowdrift.

    Jason Best — Movie Talk

  • Mumblecore stuff with touching, truthful moments ...

    Philip French — Observer [UK]

  • It's almost as though we're working toward an inverted, non-humorous riposte to John Goodman's line in The Big Lebowski: Say what you like about nihilism, at least it's an ethos.

    Tara Brady — Irish Times

  • One of those mopey independent dramas that drifts through a mere hint of a plot, this film is worth a look for its unusual setting and a superb central performance from Paul Dano (last seen in Looper).

    Rich Cline —

  • Paul Dano makes So Yong Kim's story of a deadbeat rocker with marriage problems his own.

    Andrew Pulver

  • It's uncomfortably funny, achingly true - and the work of an absolutely genuine artist.

    Trevor Johnston — Time Out

  • It's a challenging watch - Yong Kim allows plenty of time for the scenes to breathe - but it's genuinely touching, ending on a note that says all too much about the nature of the ultimate commitment-phobe.

    Tim Evans — Sky Movies

  • A tender and engaging drama with a handful of touching scenes and a stellar performance from Paul Dano ...

    Jennifer Tate — ViewLondon

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