Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 18, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Half Nelson

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/11/06
performer
Shareeka Epps, Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie
director
Ryan Fleck
distributor
THINKFilm
author
Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

American indie filmmaking at its most outstanding. In a performance both spectacular and ”invisible,” Ryan Gosling plays a dedicated inner-city schoolteacher by day who’s a crackhead by night — and one astute girl in his class knows it.

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