Critic Consensus: Elegant in its simplicity and poetic in its message, Nebraska adds another stirringly resonant chapter to Alexander Payne's remarkable filmography.
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Critic Reviews for Nebraska
There is a sentimental aspect to the concluding stages of the film: it's not as broad or astringent as Payne can be. But there's also something intriguingly dreamlike about its tone.
[Payne has] made an "American Gothic" for 21st-century, post-recession America. Who needs a pitchfork anyway, when you can have an ice cold bottle of Bud?
The deft achievement of this movie is that it has a hardness that doesn't delight in the meanness of mockery as the Coens often do.
Nebraska is an absolutely enchanting film, so funny, so touching, ringing true - for me right up there with the year's best.
A bittersweet road movie about the joy and sadness of ageing directed by the great Alexander Payne.
Audience Reviews for Nebraska
Despite the cinematography in an unnecessary (but effective) black and white, this melancholy drama has quite a surprising sense of humor and characters who prove to be a lot more complex than we would give them credit for, with Dern and Squibb in fantastic performances.
Slow, but worthwhile movie. I loved how it was shot in black and white and the whole "road trip" feel it had. Topic was actually a bit sad - very elderly man believes he has won a million dollars on a Readers Digest-type promotional letter (borderline scam). He really was quite pathetic throughout this movie - maybe the reason some won't like it is its a real reminder that we are all getting old and that could be us one of those days. His adult son decides to drive his father down to collect his "prize", and along the way he learns things he never knew about his father and a bit of TMI with his mother (that old lady is s scream! Some of the funniest lines in the movie) as well.
Slow, quiet, but charming and at times hilarious, Nebraska is a well-filmed portrait of a Middle-America family coming face to face with its roots.
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