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Nebraska Reviews

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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.
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
July 6, 2014
"Nebraska" is Alexander Payne's best film, bar none.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Keyes
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
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
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
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
Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)
February 21, 2014
Swiftly and smartly, Nebraska becomes an ode to small hopes, big leaps, and the texture of life in all its uncertainty and melancholy.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 21, 2014
It's exemplary business as usual for Nebraska, a beautiful, bittersweet comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 21, 2014
No film aficionado should miss 'Nebraska.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
February 20, 2014
There is a sentimental aspect to the concluding stages of the film: it's not as broad or astringent as Payne can be. But there's also something intriguingly dreamlike about its tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
February 20, 2014
Alexander Payne is back in prime, prickly form with Nebraska, a marked improvement over his soggy, false-feeling melodrama The Descendants.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
February 18, 2014
In Payne films, as in the films of Jean Renoir, there are no "goodies" or "baddies"; everyone has their reasons, and that makes his work distinctly different from most mainstream American films these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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