January 17, 2021
The best part is the gorgeous scenery we see as Fern travels the country. While I understand what this movie is trying to do, it is too slow and depressing for my liking.
January 15, 2021
Nomadland looks both sociological and touristy; it's a visual lecture teaching America to pity itself.
December 16, 2020
Exploits pandemic free spirit escapist fantasy - somehow traveling the Trump train making US socio-economic misery great again. No need for statistics on homeless female murders and rapes, and with essentially characters hugging and kissing their poverty.
December 11, 2020
McDormand is great. The movie wanders in the worst sense of the word.
December 7, 2020
The stunning cinematography and stunning performance from Frances McDormand aren't enough to push this over-the-line of great for me. Something is missing in the film's message.
October 19, 2020
The film takes place in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. But it might as well be in an alternate universe where no one speaks above a whisper and "America" remains a vaguely benign abstraction.
October 2, 2020
Over the course of the film, we are able to ascertain a sense of Fern's circumstances, but more specificity around her and other characters' daily struggles and successes would render Nomadland's narrative much more real and engaging.
September 26, 2020
Nobody ever gets angry. They don't say swears, get drunk or do anything that might disrupt this soothing appeal to socially conscious Whole Foods shoppers who will feel good rooting for a Disney movie about homelessness to win the Oscar.