• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Alexander Payne
    In Theaters:
    Nov 15, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 25, 2014
  • Paramount Pictures


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Nebraska Reviews

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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[Payne has] made an "American Gothic" for 21st-century, post-recession America. Who needs a pitchfork anyway, when you can have an ice cold bottle of Bud?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 30, 2013
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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An intimate road movie about one family that also lingers on the landscapes and fabric of an old-time, dying vision of the American Midwest

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

December 2, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 27, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A desolate comedy-drama about fathers, sons, life's highways and missed off-ramps.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Nebraska" is a wonderful comedy shot in black-and-white and told in shades of gray.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 26, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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One of the best films of the year ...

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

November 26, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Payne remains a deeply humanist filmmaker: He loves people no matter their flaws, and he once again conveys that sympathy through a beautiful, haunting film that initially feels slight but grows large in your memory.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 26, 2013
James Berardinelli
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Sad? At times. But also very, very funny in other instances.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 25, 2013
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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In a career-refining performance, Bruce Dern gives us a character in Woody Grant who's hardened by booze, hard to like and -- if his bad-dad tendencies don't cut too close to your bone -- pretty durn amusing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 22, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The pain and hope and sense of loss are all there in Dern's eyes, in Woody's stolid willfulness, his shaky gait.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

November 22, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's no lying or condescending from this director. "Nebraska" feels pure.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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It's ideal material for Alexander Payne, a director with great affection for the interstate.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 21, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Payne has never before been this melancholy, or this sincere. Nebraska looks into America's soul and finds a troubling emptiness.

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

November 21, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Nebraska is the work of a great director hitting his stride.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

November 21, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It has moments of uncanny grace, made all the more beautiful by their dryness: a family, briefly, pulling together; a son suddenly understanding his father's dream; a tiny moment, at the end, of unexpected triumph.

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

November 21, 2013
Rafer Guzman
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"Nebraska" bears Payne's trademark combination of low-key humor, poignancy and an overall feeling of Beckett-esque resignation.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Payne, shooting in widescreen black and white with cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, elevates the material with images, simply composed, of serious and paradoxically ordinary beauty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Just trust this: see it. You'll be treated to some laugh-out-loud humor, a lot of heart and some outstanding performances.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Payne shows a great deal of affection for these ornery, not always so soft-spoken Midwesterners, but he also demonstrates a fair amount of disaffection, too.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 15, 2013
Jessica Herndon
Associated Press
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The performances are what truly accentuate this narrative. Forte carries off every complex quirk, while seasoned actor Dern is uncharacteristically subdued.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 15, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Is Nebraska a comedy or a drama? Like life, it's both. Payne takes his time. Deal with it. This is a movie to bring home and live with, to kick around in your head after it hits you in the heart. It's damn near perfect, starting with the acting.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Although Payne has never been a flashy director - he's one of the few modern filmmakers who regularly, publicly puts script and performance first - there are so many lovely, visual moments in this film, shot in wide-screen black-and-white.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 4/4

November 15, 2013
Christy Lemire
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Dern makes Woody as cantankerous as he is clueless, bobbing and weaving to avoid his inevitable mortality, but there's a purity about him that'll break your heart.

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 15, 2013
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"Nebraska'' has enough good lines, scenes and performances to make it worth your while, as well as a sufficiently upbeat ending to qualify it as holiday entertainment.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2013
Dana Stevens
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With stunning black-and-white cinematography by Phedon Papamichael and a wistful fiddle score by Mark Orton, its contemplative pace feels just right.

Full Review Source: Slate

November 14, 2013
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Nebraska captures the same sort of dislocation [as Paris, Je T'aime, but] on a grander scale, overlaying it with relocation-a series of mild or intense shocks arising from Woody's return to his long-abandoned home town in Nebraska...

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 14, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Summations can't convey the filmmaking delicacy that marries tart-tongued comedy with unexpected warmth in a story that touches on family, memory, getting old and staying alive.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

November 14, 2013
Andrew O'Hehir
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"Nebraska" is a ruthless social satire that proves Payne hasn't lost his misanthropic edge after going gentle with "The Descendants."

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 14, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Nebraska is a film of raw beauty and great humanity.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

November 14, 2013
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Hard times are part of the picture, and so are hard people.

Full Review Source: New York Times

November 14, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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By the metrics of the heart, "Nebraska" is as big as it is beautiful.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

November 14, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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As in "About Schmidt" and "Sideways," Payne - an Oscar winner for the script of "The Descendants" - finds poetry in everyday, lower-middle-class folks.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2013
Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly
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Takes the heartland - a stretch of America that Hollywood flatters as the place where Reese Witherspoon can find herself - and strips the Norman Rockwell off it like cheap aluminum siding.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Original Score: A

November 14, 2013
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Haunting middle America masterpiece!

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 5/5

November 13, 2013
Bob Mondello
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Woody Grant could have stepped straight out of Grant Wood's painting American Gothic. His story, too: crusty old coot from a dying farm town, looking for Meaning at the end of a life that may not have had one.

Full Review Source: NPR

November 13, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mr. Nelson's observant, detailed script flawlessly captures the mood of what American ennui has done to both old and young men on their way to becoming losers, lending a look and feel that seems like the Great Depression.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 13, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that's true to this sorry old man and the family he let down in so many ways.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

November 11, 2013
Todd Gilchrist
The Wrap
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Alternately a poetic tale of personal affirmation and a plainspoken metaphor for tenacity in the face of meager hope, "Nebraska" is not just a beautiful or great film but an essential one for our time.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

October 19, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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There's a poignant suggestion of a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and it works in a thoughtfully wrought film that feels more built to last than Payne's last feature, The Descendants.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

May 31, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A whimsical minor addition to the Payne canon.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 29, 2013
Scott Foundas
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A wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 29, 2013
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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A bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally economically parched homeland.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 29, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
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Nebraska has much merit, but for Payne it is a little underwhelming.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 6.9/10

May 24, 2013
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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There's little heart in Payne's heartland.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 24, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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A rank exercise in hicksploitation sentimentalism.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

May 23, 2013
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