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Middle of Nowhere Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
June 16, 2016
Before directing Selma, Ava Duverny made Middle of Nowhere (2012), a small story about a woman who put her aspirations on hold when her husband goes to prison.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I should love this movie, but something about it kept me at arm's length.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 31, 2015
Burrows deep into a lower working-class, primarily female African-American milieu and culture rarely presented onscreen with any sort of realism or understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
March 14, 2015
This isn't about dramatic revelations and charge confrontations. DuVernay, who also wrote the original screenplay, has made a film about those moments lived between the decisions...
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
January 12, 2015
DuVernay uses this situation as a light but poignant metaphor for Ruby's personal growth, as she finds a way to escape her own kind of prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Though writer-director Ava DuVernay avoids any and all cliché right up until the closing titles, I have no qualms ending this review with one: I wholeheartedly look forward to her next project.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013
An imperfect film about devotion and crumbling self-respect. Emayatzy Corinealdi is fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tomris Laffly
Film Journal International
June 7, 2013
Poignant drama explores the world of dilemmas of a Los Angeles woman who cares for her imprisoned husband while struggling to keep her true self afloat. Director Ava DuVerney is a fresh female voice, with a sharp point of view.
Brent Simon
February 17, 2013
An intimate, confidently directed and superbly acted humanistic drama utterly at home in the subtle push-and-pull of long-standing family tensions and arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sarah Boslaugh
February 9, 2013
The title Middle of Nowhere refers to Ruby's state of being as well as the location of the prison where Derek is incarcerated.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 8, 2013
A film remarkably true to life's haphazard rhythms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 7, 2013
This is a very effective and moving film, which is remarkable given the film's microscopic budget and 20-day shooting schedule.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 22, 2012
The fine acting between the two leads is filled with determination and passion for their characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 30, 2012
[A] hushed, tenderly observant drama about a young woman trying to do right by herself and her marriage while her husband is in prison.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012
It's so real we can't help but smile.
Mike Scott
November 2, 2012
A simple but affecting slice-of-life drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
October 29, 2012
Its unadorned simplicity belies the exquisite thought, craft, and heart that only could have made such an accomplishment possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 26, 2012
There's also a fine line between meditative and just plain pokey ... It's only the charisma and passion of the film's performers that carries us to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 26, 2012
Ava DuVernay won a best director's award at Sundance for Middle of Nowhere, a prize that seems fitting for the sort of film that has the kind of gravity and authority that sneaks up on the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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