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Nebraska Reviews

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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
July 6, 2014
"Nebraska" is Alexander Payne's best film, bar none.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 18, 2014
This may very well be one of the most powerful movies ever made about the misfortune of growing old and fragile.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 23, 2014
A nice mix of arthouse quirk and genuine heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 5, 2014
The sky extends forever across the flat land, never suggesting expanse, but lowering, confinement, pushing small, human figures to the ground.
March 15, 2014
A surprisingly talented Will Forte plays the son of a cantankerous old drunk, the fascinating Bruce Dern, as he takes a road trip to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize that no one thinks he's won. This is Alexander Payne at the top of his game.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 2, 2014
Accompanied by a sleepy music score from composer Mark Orton, Nebraska is another wonderful feature film from director Alexander Payne.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 1, 2014
Nebraska is undeniable; agonisingly hilarious, unyielding in its paternal love and devastatingly authentic to the ache of life closer to its end than the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 28, 2014
There's a joyful tension that infuses every moment and makes this one of the most compelling, memorable, essential films of the year.
February 28, 2014
If you see only one black and white film disguised as a road movie this year or next, make it Nebraska.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 27, 2014
Payne's most accomplished and emotionally affecting movie since his masterwork, About Schmidt (2002)
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2014
Veteran character actor Bruce Dern gets his day in court as the grizzled centrepiece of director Alexander Payne's artfully composed, beautifully filmed black-and-white dramedy about an old man, his dream and his withering, yet defiant sense of self.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 21, 2014
Swiftly and smartly, Nebraska becomes an ode to small hopes, big leaps, and the texture of life in all its uncertainty and melancholy.
February 21, 2014
It's exemplary business as usual for Nebraska, a beautiful, bittersweet comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.4/5
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