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Reviews: Nebraska (2013)

nebraskaReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • 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.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net
    • 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.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Consistent in its minimalism in all conceivable regards, Alexander Payne’s latest is one of the year’s great films.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • 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.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: It is very, very clear from the evidence of the film that Payne loves Nebraska. It’s Nebraskans that he apparently has a problem with.
  • [New – 3/6/14] | Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
    • 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.
  • Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation
    • Excerpt: At its best, it’s not about much, but when it loses its nerve, the film descends into caricature.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • [New – 3/6/14] | Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Un hijo acepta acompañar a su padre en una travesía que sabe que no tiene sentido, intentando conocer más de esé íntimo desconocido
  • Bill Clark @ FromTheBalcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • 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.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …there’s a lot to laugh at in NEBRASKA, but it is a mournful tribute, too…
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nebraska es una película que te va conquistando poco a poco, para acabar con un final emocionantísimo.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: These people, who start off as caricatures of a generational gap, become achingly real in their pain…
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Nuanced and endearing, exuding whimsical humor and poignant, homespun humanity.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • 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.
  • [New – 3/6/14] | Blake Howard @ Graffiti with Punctuation
    • Excerpt: Nebraska is undeniable; agonisingly hilarious, unyielding in its paternal love and devastatingly authentic to the ache of life closer to its end than the beginning.
  • Dan Jardine @ Cinemania
    • Excerpt: I am wearying of Payne’s world view
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • 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.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • 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.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • 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.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Alexander Payne has probably made the most pleasant, human film of the year; sad, ruminative and hilariously funny.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: Turns out you can think you know an awful lot about your parents without knowing a heck of a lot at all.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Payne’s subtlest film yet.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Focus of New York Magazine
    • 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.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Nebraska is a movie that believes people can still be good and that they are at their best when being good to each other.
  • Jonathan Richards @ www.jonrichardsplace.com
    • Excerpt: It’s like The Last Picture Show revisited sixty years later, with the teenagers now in their dotage.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: A great, late-career performance by an actor Hollywood never really knew what to do with.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: “Nebraska” strikes at a distinctly American mindset of jealousy, greed, and betrayal that undermines its citizens’ equally persistent sense of optimism, integrity, and familial connection.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • 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.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘Nebraska isn’t just similar ground for Payne: it’s recycled’
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Alexander Payne’s filmography encompasses the subversive and the crowd-pleasing, but Nebraska is his first feature that flirts with cinematic greatness.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 10:21 am

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