Critic Consensus: Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.
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Critic Reviews for Nebraska
[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?
The deft achievement of this movie is that it has a hardness that doesn't delight in the meanness of mockery as the Coens often do.
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
"Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks.
A desolate comedy-drama about fathers, sons, life's highways and missed off-ramps.
Audience Reviews for Nebraska
Despite the cinematography in an unnecessary (but effective) black and white, this melancholy drama has quite a surprising sense of humor and characters who prove to be a lot more complex than we would give them credit for, with Dern and Squibb in fantastic performances.
Slow, but worthwhile movie. I loved how it was shot in black and white and the whole "road trip" feel it had. Topic was actually a bit sad - very elderly man believes he has won a million dollars on a Readers Digest-type promotional letter (borderline scam). He really was quite pathetic throughout this movie - maybe the reason some won't like it is its a real reminder that we are all getting old and that could be us one of those days. His adult son decides to drive his father down to collect his "prize", and along the way he learns things he never knew about his father and a bit of TMI with his mother (that old lady is s scream! Some of the funniest lines in the movie) as well.
Slow, quiet, but charming and at times hilarious, Nebraska is a well-filmed portrait of a Middle-America family coming face to face with its roots.
|Woody Grant:||You'd drink too if you were married to your mother.|
|David Grant:||Did you ever want to farm like your Dad?|
|Woody Grant:||I don't remember.|
|David Grant:||Did you ever want a farm like your dad?|
|Woody Grant:||I don't remember... and it doesn't matter.|
|Woody Grant:||I haven't been drinking!|
|Kate Grant:||That's what you said on our first date!|