Nomadland Reviews

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December 30, 2020
A captivating, immersive and deeply emotionally intelligent character portrait
December 30, 2020
More than most road movies, this is a series of brief encounters, of short, intense friendships and sad farewells. As Wells says, "I'll see you down the road."
December 29, 2020
The least actressy of actresses, McDormand merges completely with the landscape and everybody in it. The friendships that Fern makes spring from a collective store of commonsense gained from experience and coloured with playful good humour.
December 19, 2020
Chloe Zhao's thoughtful balance of majesty and intimacy makes Nomadland one of the most accomplished films of the year, an emotional tour de force that moves you but never imposes or manipulates.
December 8, 2020
Zhao once again relies on mixed methods, non-fiction rendered into compellingly realistic drama thanks to a cast of non-professional actors playing versions of themselves. The result is as stimulating and satisfying as it is iffy and curious.
December 8, 2020
Fern works at an Amazon plant to afford a life with no fixed address. The bitter irony that she prepares packages she could never herself receive is especially felt during the pandemic.
December 6, 2020
Nomadland is a humanist masterpiece ... This is a quiet film, but never a dull one, with shots and themes that will continue to resonate ...
December 5, 2020
'Nomadland'is sort of a modern-day, existential equivalent ofWalden Pondset in the American West. The promise Chlo Zhao showed in'The Rider'three years ago is fulfilled here...with a little help from one of the finest actresses on the planet
December 4, 2020
Frances McDormand inhabits Fern... It's an earnest, grounded, immersive performance in a quiet movie that portrays "flyover country" as a landscape where independent spirits can still strike out on their own.
December 4, 2020
Moody, introspective, and meditative, Nomadland makes up for its meandering, sometimes maddeningly slow pace with its insights about human nature and its incisive portrait of indomitability.
December 4, 2020
Chloe Zhao, the Chinese-born director of this wondrous work of art (Oscar, please), joins with a never-better Frances McDormand and a cast of real-life nomads to capture what inspires the human urge to roam. It's a new American classic.
December 3, 2020
What results is a nuanced portrait of free spirits who reject a culture that has rejected them.
December 2, 2020
Nomadland is a meditation on the meaning and value of the concept of home: Does it reside in a building? A vehicle? A family? A sense of security and belonging?
November 30, 2020
A film so immersed in the iconography of modern Americana that it feels both like an evocation and stern rebuke of the paintings of Norman Rockwell.
November 28, 2020
Somewhere, inside this lovely and desperate movie, there's the ghost of a Western.
October 26, 2020
[Zhao's] movie gives a voice to the marginalised. If you listen hard, it might just change your life.
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 12, 2020
This is how the other half lives. The half that is most often neglected and growing in numbers.
October 2, 2020
Nomadland is no stump-speech anecdote or soapbox sermon. It's too empathetic for that, too invested in the humanity of Fern and all those around her.
September 19, 2020
At its heart, Nomadland is a road movie, but too many scenes feel stuck in neutral...
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