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Middle of Nowhere Reviews

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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
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: A
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 18, 2012
It's confident storytelling, in which often the actors' faces, rather than dialogue, tell us what we need to know.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 18, 2012
Middle of Nowhere explores the contours of loneliness and the boundaries of loyalty in a way that is both artful and emotionally revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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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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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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 11, 2012
"Middle of Nowhere" carries the imprimatur of Sundance, but without the dreary stereotypes or self-satisfied politics that can (at times unfairly) characterize its offerings.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
It is uncommon to see serious adult dramas this moving and accomplished, so attuned to real people and their complex, recognizable emotions, no matter the racial makeup of the characters involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 11, 2012
Like its central character, Middle of Nowhere is a gem.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 11, 2012
This is an elegant, powerfully emotional and courageous film, worth seeing entirely on its own artistic terms ...
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 11, 2012
This modest, micro-budgeted story has been beautifully packaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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David Fear
Time Out
October 9, 2012
This is humanistic drama done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Remarkably self-assured ...
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Rob Nelson
Variety
January 24, 2012
Solidly acted but aloof and slow as molasses.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
January 21, 2012
A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness...