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For Ellen

HD   NR Closed Captioning

So Yong Kim

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About the Movie

From Tribeca Film. A powerful performance from Paul Dano ("Little Miss Sunshine", "There Will Be Blood") as a burgeoning rock star wrestling with the prospect of losing custody of his young daughter. With Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite").


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It teeters on the line that separates drama from anecdote. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 4, 2012

Fresh: So Yong Kim takes what could have been routine story elements and transforms them into something deeply sad and touching. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jan 24, 2012

Fresh: "For Ellen" is a small but exquisite film, beautifully observed and impeccably executed. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2012

Fresh: The film does find a patient balance between its obvious sincerity and the scenario's lack of depth and surprise. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Sep 4, 2012

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Customer Reviews

beautiful but loose

The scenery is beautiful and Paul Dano and Ellen are beautiful. But the development is loose. It is painstaking.

Had potential

This is a movie that i wanted to love. It had real potential to be something special. It starts slow, creeps along even slower, and finishes excruciatingly slower, if that is possible. Paul Dano is always good to watch. This movie just tries too hard, when it didn't have to. Not horrible, not great, somewhere in between.


I wanted to love this film because I had heard so many wonderful things about it, not just press but friends too. I was hoping it would rise above the typical low budget 5d emotional personal journey film that everyone is making these days and true it's better than most of them, but still slow and painstaking to watch aka boring. Paul Dano is exquisite but it's not enough to see him just mope around forever with greasy hair.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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