I almost gave it a fourth star. It is well made, avoids cheap sentiment, and holds our interest even with so little dialogue. I held back because it is fairly depressing from the start and the ending is also a downer except for the final scene. Beautiful scenery.
Ok, lots of holes. And while the movie does a good job of making my aging Liam Neeson do anything that requires suspension of physical belief until the very end, is not outstanding, it is quite comfortably enjoyable.
Good characters, action story and a warmness and message that can't be beat.
So much to praise and like.
The movie is meant to show us life as a nomad, traveling America in vehicles for work and to experience life. It does not use any cheap devices to glorify or scorn, it just tells the story through Frances McDormand, brilliant as always.
The director uses real nomads with the exception of Frances and David Straithorn (I had to laugh at one reviewer whose only complaint about movie was the inclusion of Straithorn, even though he is "not a toxic white male" in the role. Brother.)
For all I like the thing I may like the very most is how there are no bad people in the movie, It is so refreshing.
Nomadland is as good as it gets.