Excerpt: Nebraska e’ un piccolo gioiello maliconico e disilluso, che non solo conferma le qualita’ di Payne, ma sorprende per freschezza narrativa, nonostante utilizzi uno dei topoi classici del cinema americano. Da vedere.
Excerpt: Alexander Payne retoma la dialéctica inter generacional con paisaje embriagador de fondo en un drama potente, sí, pero que agota un poco en su costumbrismo. Con todo, notable y más que recomendable, con un estupendo reparto que recupera a lo grande a Bruce Dern.
Excerpt: What seems at first a minor, slight work ends up growing on you; its characters become familiar as you settle into their rhythms and understand their flaws, and their running jokes become yours. It’s an endlessly funny picture, but there’s a melancholy at its center, never overcooked, but quietly simmering.
Excerpt: Nebraska es un álbum de fotografías en blanco y negro de una forma de vida que está desapareciendo, de una forma de ser y de relacionarse que también está desapareciendo, y de una ingenuidad y apego a ciertos valores y costumbres que quizás ya estén en extinción.
Excerpt: …clearly Payne’s oeuvre, another road movie and a kin of Payne’s superior “About Schmidt.” This time a son discovers his father rather than the father finding himself while women continue to be the sexual aggressors.
Excerpt: Alternatively highlighted by scenes of sprawling vistas of the northern Great Plains with carefully arranged men gathered around a TV set in a tiny living room. The ebb and flow of this road movie celebrates the mundanity of life.
Excerpt: Smaller and even more deadpan than what we’re used to seeing from the filmmaker, Nebraska isn’t quite up to Payne’s best work—his five other films are collectively great—but all of the real and colorfully drawn characters make it a trip worth taking, ending with another of Payne’s poignantly simple final shots.
Excerpt: Even though this is the first film he’s worked on where he doesn’t get any writing credit, Nebraska has Alexander Payne written all over it. After About Schmidt and The Descendants, we get another dark comedy about a dysfunctional family that could have only come from Payne’s delicate balance between brutal honesty and backhanded respect towards the importance of the family unit.
Excerpt: With the help of Bob Nelson, Payne directs someone else’s script for the first time, but you would hardly notice. Nelson’s script shares common parallels with those Payne has written himself and it’s clear that they share similar ideas at how to express and explore the beauty in the banality of life.
Excerpt: Payne delivers another low-key yet top-notch character study of Midwestern malaise and familial detachment in the superb black-and-white glossy gem Nebraska. Filming Nebraska in its crisp black-and-white sheen enables the audience to appreciate its nostalgic elegance and sense of humble impishness.
Excerpt: Nebraska is a film so keenly felt and realized that its performers, even those whose prior work in film and television we may recognize and cherish, do not feel as if they’re acting, only being.