For Ellen
For Ellen (2012)

Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor (Paul Dano) has wanted nothing more than to "make it", having flirted with fame but never crossed over into true success. In the midst of a low period in his life, he agrees to sign divorce papers… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2013
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Mumblecore stuff with touching, truthful moments ...

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Its anemic plot is almost nonexistent, and there's not enough substance to support Kim's languid style, resulting in a too-relaxed, 93-minute feature ...

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
"<b>For Ellen</b> is a sad movie. Joby Taylor has always wanted fame, but has little of it. He left behind a wife and child trying to achieve… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
Touching yet sad story of a dad trying to do right by his daughter. The film draws alot from Just pure emotion. You have to pay attention as there is not much… More
'For Ellen'. Paul Dano and his emotive face are utterly captivating in this bittersweet indie fare.
Sol C
This film strikes out. I felt like I had seen this type of film before and done better (example: Somewhere). The majority of the cast in my opinion are miscast.… More
Walter M.
"For Ellen" starts with Joby(Paul Dano), a musician, driving into a snow bank when he eats and drives one morning. He is in the middle of nowhere to… More
Christopher Haskell
Paul Dano leads this emotionally taut drama as Joby Taylor, an aspiring musician who returns home to find his ex-wife is looking to gain sole custody of his… More