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Middle of Nowhere Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 12, 2012
Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 18, 2012
The love triangle, which comes to overwhelm the second half, feels more like soap opera than anything else, and the able cast can't redeem DuVernay's often dreadful dialogue.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I should love this movie, but something about it kept me at arm's length.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 12, 2012
Corinealdi and Oyelowo are appealing enough to make the journey to the inevitable conclusion an enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Chase Whale
ScreenAnarchy
October 11, 2012
Middle of Nowhere takes us on a pleasing road of self-discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 11, 2012
The power of Middle Of Nowhere is cumulative, conveyed in sustained tone and deepening character rather than bravura sequences or explosive confrontations.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2012
Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely woman. That's why Corinealdi is so effective in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Times-Picayune
November 2, 2012
A simple but affecting slice-of-life drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 18, 2012
A heartbreaking but teachable story about love and the morbid sacrifices we make to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
October 12, 2012
The fim's emotions bubble to the surface in ways that don't seem acted, in scenes that don't seem scripted.
Full Review | Original Score: 8
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Remarkably self-assured ...
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
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
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
October 14, 2012
A refreshing alternative to the superficial mainstream fare that tends to stereotype sisters as either sassy mammies or compliant sex objects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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