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Nebraska Reviews

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald
May 17, 2016
It may take some time to realise how special this gritty and unsentimental examination of family dynamics and Payne's home state is, but Nebraska is worth the patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 15, 2016
Dern's line delivery alone - all of his lines are delivered as if he was just awakened from a deep sleep, a flashlight thrust in his face - is worth the price of admission,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 8, 2015
Mr. Payne has already achieved a batting average rivaling Pixar's, but here he has finally established himself as a visionary.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2015
I got angrier at Nebraska the longer it trudged on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Everything about Nebraska feels secondhand. It's a gimmicky sitcom script gussied up with 'artful' affectations borrowed from the New Hollywood heyday of the early '70s.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Shawn Hazelett
Under the Radar
August 20, 2014
It's a surprising performance from Forte, tasked with much of the heavy lifting opposite a tight-lipped Dern.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Clayton Davis
AwardsCircuit.com
July 6, 2014
"Nebraska" is Alexander Payne's best film, bar none.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
May 22, 2014
Nebraska, despite a few pleasures, strikes me as Payne's most cartoonish, one-dimensional work.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
May 18, 2014
This may very well be one of the most powerful movies ever made about the misfortune of growing old and fragile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 23, 2014
A nice mix of arthouse quirk and genuine heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 5, 2014
The sky extends forever across the flat land, never suggesting expanse, but lowering, confinement, pushing small, human figures to the ground.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 15, 2014
A surprisingly talented Will Forte plays the son of a cantankerous old drunk, the fascinating Bruce Dern, as he takes a road trip to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize that no one thinks he's won. This is Alexander Payne at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 2, 2014
Accompanied by a sleepy music score from composer Mark Orton, Nebraska is another wonderful feature film from director Alexander Payne.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
March 1, 2014
Nebraska is undeniable; agonisingly hilarious, unyielding in its paternal love and devastatingly authentic to the ache of life closer to its end than the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Lee Zachariah
Concrete Playground
February 28, 2014
There's a joyful tension that infuses every moment and makes this one of the most compelling, memorable, essential films of the year.
Lisa Nesselson
sbs.com.au
February 28, 2014
If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
February 27, 2014
Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002)
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
February 25, 2014
It's funnier than some of the comedies I saw in 2013 but I prefer Payne's films when they're tragic and sad too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2014
Veteran character actor Bruce Dern gets his day in court as the grizzled centrepiece of director Alexander Payne's artfully composed, beautifully filmed black-and-white dramedy about an old man, his dream and his withering, yet defiant sense of self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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