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Middle of Nowhere (2012)



Critic Consensus: Wise, compassionate, and beautifully acted, Middle of Nowhere offers an early testament to writer-director Ava DuVernay's startling talent.

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Winner of the Best Director Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere follows Ruby, a bright medical student who sets aside her dreams and suspends her career when her husband is incarcerated. As the committed couple stares into the hollow end of an eight-year prison sentence, Ruby must learn to live another life, one marked by shame and separation. But through a chance encounter and a stunning betrayal that shakes her to her core, this steadfast wife is soon propelled in new and often shocking directions of self-discovery - caught between two worlds and two men in the search for herself. -- (C) Official Site
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (22)

A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Toronto Star
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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… | February 8, 2013
Globe and Mail
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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.

November 30, 2012
Denver Post
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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… | October 24, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
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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… | October 19, 2012
Detroit News
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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… | October 18, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Middle of Nowhere

Wow. I was truly impressed by this movie. The small details of the film are what stood out for me. Ava touched on facets of black culture that aren't always portrayed seriously in film and deserve to be. One of my favorite directors right now.

Michael Bibbins
Michael Bibbins

A woman suspends her life to support her imprisoned husband. There is without a doubt something profound, personal, and authentic about this film, which is to the credit of Emayatzy Corinealdi and writer/director Ava DuVernay, but the plot is plodding and slowly rendered. it's hard to make an exciting film about waiting, so part of the film's problem is the story it's trying to tell. Nevertheless, the film has important things to say about gender roles, race relations, and personal growth. Overall, Middle of Nowhere tries to rend the most out of its actors and story, but the film's pace ultimately dooms it.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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'Middle of Nowhere' is Ava Duvernay's stunning, first major film. Duvernay's has a brilliant knack for directing actors and quiet, intimate scenes. Whether in a bus, a prison visiting room or in the bedroom, this movie breathes and lallows the story to be told patiently. There is a dinner scene in this movie that is quietly intense, well acted and finally powerful. This movie also has a poetic quality to it.

Vincent Snavely
Vincent Snavely

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