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


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Middle of Nowhere Reviews

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2013
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 8, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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[A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 24, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This film is about a particular African-American experience, true, but it's also about the human experience. It will haunt you. It should.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

October 19, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A sluggish enterprise, not measured or languorous or full of detail, but plodding, with scenes that run too long and others that are unnecessary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's confident storytelling, in which often the actors' faces, rather than dialogue, tell us what we need to know.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

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
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
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
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
Rob Nelson
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Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness...

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 21, 2012
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