There may be some who would dispute the popular notion that Gosling is the best young actor in Hollywood. Nobody would say he isn’t the most idiosyncratic. The path of the Reluctant Movie Star has been well worn at least since Brando, but few have walked it as doggedly and resolutely as Gosling. While many self-serious actors profess to follow a strategy of “one for you, one for me”, Gosling’s motto has continued to be “none for you.” To a degree that can’t be written off as mere affectation, Gosling has shown a unique commitment to undermining the career he was expected to have. - Brett Martin, GQ (2010).