• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ava DuVernay
    In Theaters:
    Oct 12, 2012 Limited


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Middle of Nowhere Reviews

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Brian Tallerico

Tells a relatively simple story but does so with enough artistic intent and truth of character that the common story that it tells becomes uncommonly good in its telling.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 4.0/5.0

October 18, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Middle of Nowhere explores the contours of loneliness and the boundaries of loyalty in a way that is both artful and emotionally revealing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The love triangle, which comes to overwhelm the second half, feels more like soap opera than anything else, and the able cast can't redeem DuVernay's often dreadful dialogue.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 18, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely woman. That's why Corinealdi is so effective in the lead.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 18, 2012
Kam Williams

A refreshing alternative to the superficial mainstream fare that tends to stereotype sisters as either sassy mammies or compliant sex objects.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 14, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

The fim's emotions bubble to the surface in ways that don't seem acted, in scenes that don't seem scripted.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 8

October 12, 2012
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Corinealdi and Oyelowo are appealing enough to make the journey to the inevitable conclusion an enjoyable one.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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"Middle of Nowhere" carries the imprimatur of Sundance, but without the dreary stereotypes or self-satisfied politics that can (at times unfairly) characterize its offerings.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 11, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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It is uncommon to see serious adult dramas this moving and accomplished, so attuned to real people and their complex, recognizable emotions, no matter the racial makeup of the characters involved.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 11, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like its central character, Middle of Nowhere is a gem.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 11, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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This is an elegant, powerfully emotional and courageous film, worth seeing entirely on its own artistic terms ...

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 11, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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This modest, micro-budgeted story has been beautifully packaged.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 11, 2012
Chase Whale

Middle of Nowhere takes us on a pleasing road of self-discovery.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: B-

October 11, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A

October 11, 2012
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish comedy, unironic melodrama, or not at all, Ava DuVernay's take is a decidedly refreshing one.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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This is humanistic drama done right.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Remarkably self-assured ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 9, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Unlike so many movies, this one isn't afraid to simply be quiet, to show us characters thinking and feeling without actually talking about either.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

October 8, 2012
Elias Savada
Film Threat

Somber and moody, with assured direction by Ava DuVernay overseeing an exceedingly at-ease cast, the mood poem that is Middle of Nowhere is one of the best little films of the year...

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 28, 2012
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