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Nebraska Reviews

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January 31, 2019
Squibb's performance is the perfect way to sum up the film: This movie could easily have been overly sentimental, but instead has a refreshing amount of honesty that makes it memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 11, 2018
No splashy, sentimental performances. No outrageous plot twists. No CGI. Just regular folks reckoning with their circumstances, quietly, with dignity, and suffused with director Alexander Payne's signature dry wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 2, 2018
One of the most pictorially concentric American films of recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2018
Nebraska lacks the sourness that permeates the likes of Sideways and The Descendants, trading it in for straight deadpan, to better and more lasting effect. This is a terrific movie.
November 7, 2018
What is interesting about Nebraska is its feel, staged more like a play than a movie, which should leave fans of Payne's pleasantly surprised.
November 1, 2018
The story is simple but perfectly executed, the cast all provide stellar work, and the film's message about family and dreams is wonderfully poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
August 30, 2018
The movie's final act may be too sentimental for fans of Payne's satire, but that's what worked for me.
August 28, 2018
There's something deeply cynical in Payne's work, and Nebraska's uneasy balance of bitter and sweet makes it feel like a Willy Vlautin novel with half the heart ripped out.
February 22, 2018
This is a grand and grown-up film that shows Payne back at the top of his form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2018
Minimal in its delivery but brimming with heart and bittersweet moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 14, 2017
Moving at its own pace, this is a fantastic study of Mid West America, where time almost stands still.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2017
Nebraska manages to maintain a perky outlook, while still being bleakly realistic about ageing and the experience of living with persistent regrets and disappointments.
September 6, 2017
... its beauty lies in its simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 13, 2017
Nebraska speaks of the wisdom of years. The last 5 minutes are the best Payne has ever done. [Full review in Spanish]
June 18, 2016
Forever typecast as nutjobs and con artists, Dern's Woody Grant is a little chubby, a little bewildered, and a lot unkempt. He's grizzled, resigned, and wonderful, and so is the film.
May 17, 2016
It may take some time to realise how special this gritty and unsentimental examination of family dynamics and Payne's home state is, but Nebraska is worth the patience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2016
Dern's line delivery alone - all of his lines are delivered as if he was just awakened from a deep sleep, a flashlight thrust in his face - is worth the price of admission,
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 8, 2015
Mr. Payne has already achieved a batting average rivaling Pixar's, but here he has finally established himself as a visionary.
October 10, 2014
There are insights into old age, pearls of wisdom and gags galore, all wrapped up in a coating that's more akin to a bitter lemon than sugar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2014
It's a surprising performance from Forte, tasked with much of the heavy lifting opposite a tight-lipped Dern.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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