A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms.
| Original Score: 3/4
Made by a black American woman, about a black American woman, it's a study of a culture where the matriarchs are strong by necessity and trapped by circumstance - adrift in the middle of nowhere.
[A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison.
This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.
| Original Score: B+
This film is about a particular African-American experience, true, but it's also about the human experience. It will haunt you. It should.
| Original Score: A
A sluggish enterprise, not measured or languorous or full of detail, but plodding, with scenes that run too long and others that are unnecessary.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's confident storytelling, in which often the actors' faces, rather than dialogue, tell us what we need to know.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Middle of Nowhere explores the contours of loneliness and the boundaries of loyalty in a way that is both artful and emotionally revealing.
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.
Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely woman. That's why Corinealdi is so effective in the lead.
Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Corinealdi and Oyelowo are appealing enough to make the journey to the inevitable conclusion an enjoyable one.
"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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Like its central character, Middle of Nowhere is a gem.
This is an elegant, powerfully emotional and courageous film, worth seeing entirely on its own artistic terms ...
This modest, micro-budgeted story has been beautifully packaged.
| Original Score: 3/5
The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.
This is humanistic drama done right.
| Original Score: 4/5
Remarkably self-assured ...
Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.
A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness...