One might also argue that a crack addict couldn't be responsible enough to be a good teacher, but [Gosling's characteris ] the most believable protagonist in any American movie I've seen this year. He's far from being some simple postulate of the young couple who made this film, writer-director Ryan Fleck and writer Anna Boden. He's a mess — an immature underachiever. But he's also charismatic, multifaceted, and sincere, and we can't really dismiss him without dismissing some part of ourselves.
September 15, 2006