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Nebraska (2013)



Critic Consensus: Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.

Movie Info

Director Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants) takes the helm for this black and white road trip drama starring Bruce Dern as a tempestuous Missouri father who's convinced he's won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and Will Forte as the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R (for some language)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Bob Nelson , Bobby Nelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2014
Box Office: $17.6M
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Critic Reviews for Nebraska

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (49)

There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

It's a surprising performance from Forte, tasked with much of the heavy lifting opposite a tight-lipped Dern.

Full Review… | August 20, 2014
Under the Radar

"Nebraska" is Alexander Payne's best film, bar none.

Full Review… | July 6, 2014

Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014

This may very well be one of the most powerful movies ever made about the misfortune of growing old and fragile.

Full Review… | May 18, 2014

A nice mix of arthouse quirk and genuine heart.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Nebraska

Slow, but worthwhile movie. I loved how it was shot in black and white and the whole "road trip" feel it had.
Topic was actually a bit sad - very elderly man believes he has won a million dollars on a Readers Digest-type promotional letter (borderline scam). He really was quite pathetic throughout this movie - maybe the reason some won't like it is its a real reminder that we are all getting old and that could be us one of those days.
His adult son decides to drive his father down to collect his "prize", and along the way he learns things he never knew about his father and a bit of TMI with his mother (that old lady is s scream! Some of the funniest lines in the movie) as well.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Slow, quiet, but charming and at times hilarious, Nebraska is a well-filmed portrait of a Middle-America family coming face to face with its roots.


This is the most brutal, maudlin, pathetic film to come from the House of Payne since "About Schmidt" and this has the same mood and somewhat the same premise. The film follows an elderly man (Dern) who believes he has won a million dollars, and travels all over Nebraska with his son, and later his family, trying to collect it. The ending is one of the most empathetic, tearjerker moments in recent film history. Payne builds up this decrepit old man throughout the film, showing that he is lost, self-destructive, and giving, but that no one gives him credit. His son realizes the true history of his family, and how he has treated his father thus far. That is a clearly life changing revelation, and Payne handles this transformation with aplomb. Forte's performance is also very nuanced and sincere in its sentimentality. Odenkirk is great as well, as the concerned older brother who has his own view of the world. June Squibb reminds me of every older woman I have ever met, and yet she's so original in her lewdness and likeability. This is a very deliberate and complex story that revolves around amazing characters played by thoughtful actors.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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