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  • Summary: Aspiring rock star Joby Taylor 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 with his estranged wife in order to see money from the sale of their home, only to discover that by signing the papers, he will forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. With a good-natured lawyer unable to make headway in reversing the decision, and a girlfriend that represents an era of his life that he might be ready to graduate from, Joby negotiates a visit with his daughter to explore whether he is able to walk away from his child, and whether it might be too late for reconciliation. (Tibeca Film) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Sep 1, 2012
    91
    Nobody else could fit the role of a crestfallen rocker that Paul Dano embodies in director So Yong Kim's remarkable For Ellen.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 18, 2012
    90
    A small but exquisite film, beautifully observed and impeccably executed. Written and directed by So Yong Kim, it shows a different side of an actor we thought we knew and reveals unexpected aspects of a character who turns out to be not as familiar as he seems.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 17, 2012
    88
    This performance, unlike anything Paul Dano has ever done, must have required some courage. It requires an actor to cast aside all conceits of performance, presence, charisma and even timing.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 4, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, Kim nearly wrecks the film's observational acuteness with a climax that shamelessly steals from Bob Rafelson's classic blue-collar drama "Five Easy Pieces," and this faux-gut-punch finale feels haphazardly sutured on rather than arrived at organically. Guess that ham-fisted opening shot was a sign of things to come.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 6, 2012
    60
    In a film that deliberately recalls 1970's "Five Easy Pieces," Dano's performance as a lost dreamer running from adulthood resonates beautifully.
  6. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Sep 6, 2012
    58
    The drama is so minimalist that it's hard to glimpse the man behind the woe.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Sep 7, 2012
    25
    Sundance Mopey Alienation Flick No. 4,228 is For Ellen, an empty angst-athon that proves 90 minutes of close-ups of Paul Dano looking wounded can be even less interesting than it sounds.

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