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Nebraska Reviews

December 30, 2013
[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?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 10, 2013
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.
December 2, 2013
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2013
"Nebraska," it turns out, isn't as bleak as it first looks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 26, 2013
A desolate comedy-drama about fathers, sons, life's highways and missed off-ramps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 26, 2013
"Nebraska" is a wonderful comedy shot in black-and-white and told in shades of gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 26, 2013
One of the best films of the year ...
November 26, 2013
Payne remains a deeply humanist filmmaker: He loves people no matter their flaws, and he once again conveys that sympathy through a beautiful, haunting film that initially feels slight but grows large in your memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2013
Sad? At times. But also very, very funny in other instances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 22, 2013
In a career-refining performance, Bruce Dern gives us a character in Woody Grant who's hardened by booze, hard to like and -- if his bad-dad tendencies don't cut too close to your bone -- pretty durn amusing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 22, 2013
The pain and hope and sense of loss are all there in Dern's eyes, in Woody's stolid willfulness, his shaky gait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 21, 2013
There's no lying or condescending from this director. "Nebraska" feels pure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2013
Alexander Payne has crafted an ornery American comedy with a brusque Midwestern edge and a core of authentic feeling. It provokes wise, wary laughter even as it makes you choke back tears.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 21, 2013
It's ideal material for Alexander Payne, a director with great affection for the interstate.
November 21, 2013
Payne has never before been this melancholy, or this sincere. Nebraska looks into America's soul and finds a troubling emptiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2013
Nebraska is the work of a great director hitting his stride.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 21, 2013
It has moments of uncanny grace, made all the more beautiful by their dryness: a family, briefly, pulling together; a son suddenly understanding his father's dream; a tiny moment, at the end, of unexpected triumph.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 21, 2013
"Nebraska" bears Payne's trademark combination of low-key humor, poignancy and an overall feeling of Beckett-esque resignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2013
I said that Alexander Payne makes no mistakes, and that is true here. This is a road picture, but beautifully self-contained and sure-footed.
November 21, 2013
Payne, shooting in widescreen black and white with cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, elevates the material with images, simply composed, of serious and paradoxically ordinary beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2013
Just trust this: see it. You'll be treated to some laugh-out-loud humor, a lot of heart and some outstanding performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2013
Payne shows a great deal of affection for these ornery, not always so soft-spoken Midwesterners, but he also demonstrates a fair amount of disaffection, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 15, 2013
The performances are what truly accentuate this narrative. Forte carries off every complex quirk, while seasoned actor Dern is uncharacteristically subdued.
November 15, 2013
Is Nebraska a comedy or a drama? Like life, it's both. Payne takes his time. Deal with it. This is a movie to bring home and live with, to kick around in your head after it hits you in the heart. It's damn near perfect, starting with the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2013
Although Payne has never been a flashy director - he's one of the few modern filmmakers who regularly, publicly puts script and performance first - there are so many lovely, visual moments in this film, shot in wide-screen black-and-white.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2013
Dern makes Woody as cantankerous as he is clueless, bobbing and weaving to avoid his inevitable mortality, but there's a purity about him that'll break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 14, 2013
"Nebraska'' has enough good lines, scenes and performances to make it worth your while, as well as a sufficiently upbeat ending to qualify it as holiday entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2013
With stunning black-and-white cinematography by Phedon Papamichael and a wistful fiddle score by Mark Orton, its contemplative pace feels just right.
November 14, 2013
Nebraska captures the same sort of dislocation [as Paris, Je T'aime, but] on a grander scale, overlaying it with relocation-a series of mild or intense shocks arising from Woody's return to his long-abandoned home town in Nebraska...
November 14, 2013
Summations can't convey the filmmaking delicacy that marries tart-tongued comedy with unexpected warmth in a story that touches on family, memory, getting old and staying alive.
November 14, 2013
"Nebraska" is a ruthless social satire that proves Payne hasn't lost his misanthropic edge after going gentle with "The Descendants."
November 14, 2013
Nebraska is a film of raw beauty and great humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2013
Hard times are part of the picture, and so are hard people.
November 14, 2013
By the metrics of the heart, "Nebraska" is as big as it is beautiful.
November 14, 2013
As in "About Schmidt" and "Sideways," Payne - an Oscar winner for the script of "The Descendants" - finds poetry in everyday, lower-middle-class folks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 14, 2013
As an ode to fading small towns, and to the state its director once called home, it feels downright disingenuous.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 14, 2013
Takes the heartland - a stretch of America that Hollywood flatters as the place where Reese Witherspoon can find herself - and strips the Norman Rockwell off it like cheap aluminum siding.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 13, 2013
Haunting middle America masterpiece!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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November 13, 2013
Woody Grant could have stepped straight out of Grant Wood's painting American Gothic. His story, too: crusty old coot from a dying farm town, looking for Meaning at the end of a life that may not have had one.
November 13, 2013
Mr. Nelson's observant, detailed script flawlessly captures the mood of what American ennui has done to both old and young men on their way to becoming losers, lending a look and feel that seems like the Great Depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2013
The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that's true to this sorry old man and the family he let down in so many ways.
November 11, 2013
A sad, undeniably thoughtful depiction of midwestern eccentrics regretting the past and growing bored of the present -- ideas that Payne regards with gentle humor and pathos but also something of a shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 19, 2013
Alternately a poetic tale of personal affirmation and a plainspoken metaphor for tenacity in the face of meager hope, "Nebraska" is not just a beautiful or great film but an essential one for our time.
May 31, 2013
There's a poignant suggestion of a modern-day Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, and it works in a thoughtfully wrought film that feels more built to last than Payne's last feature, The Descendants.
May 29, 2013
All I can tell you for certain is that Nebraska got to me.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 29, 2013
A whimsical minor addition to the Payne canon.
May 29, 2013
A wistful ode to small-town Midwestern life and the quixotic dreams of stubborn old men.
May 29, 2013
A bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally economically parched homeland.
May 24, 2013
Nebraska has much merit, but for Payne it is a little underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9/10
May 24, 2013
There's little heart in Payne's heartland.
May 23, 2013
A rank exercise in hicksploitation sentimentalism.