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Based on 45 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 29 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Just try to take your eyes off Dern. In his finest two hours onscreen, he gives a performance worth cheering. There's not an ounce of bullshit in it. Same goes for the movie. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An authentic piece of Americana. There's no lying or condescending from this director. Nebraska feels pure. show more

  • 100
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Bruce Dern gives the performance of his career as the headstrong Woody in the brilliant, wisely observed and wryly funny Nebraska. What stands out is the fullness of the character, with mannerisms and expressions that make him wholly dimensional. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    What's extraordinary is what happens at the intersection of Mr. Payne's impeccable direction and Mr. Nelson's brilliant script. The odyssey combines, quite effortlessly, prickly combat between father and son. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Nebraska is not a breakneck, screwball farce - although it has its moments, like the comical heist of an air compressor from a farmer's barn. Payne's film is loping. It's deadpan, poignant, absurd. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Capturing family on film — the real rhythms of family, with all the annoyances, awkwardness and affection — is tough. Tougher still is wrestling a story around the murky emotional waters of Midwestern relatives. Yet one needn’t be cut from that cloth to see the hilarious beauty, and the beautiful honesty, in Nebraska. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    [A] wryly poignant and potent comic drama about the bereft state of things in America’s oft-vaunted heartland. show more

  • 69
    Jordan Hoffman

    There are some laughs – and a few moments worthy of tears – but there’s a breaking point of believability in here somewhere that keeps Nebraska merely good as opposed to great. show more

  • 95
    Bob Mondello NPR

    The filmmaker has crammed Nebraska with orneriness, humor, greed, Americana and performances so natural they seem like found objects — especially Dern's, which caps a career of character parts with a delicately nuanced character. show more

  • 100
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Mostly, Nebraska impresses for its sure rhythms and artful balance of comedy and melancholy, resulting in Payne’s most satisfying film since "About Schmidt." show more

  • May 31, 2014 tedsamkai
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    BORING. The entire movie (I watched) was in black and white. You couldn't even take any pleasure from the scenery of the boring drive from state to state. It was mostly drive, pee, drive, pee, sleep in motel find crazy dad in a bar. The enthusiastic reviews must be people on crack. Who are these people with rave reviews? This movie was so boring my sleep fell asleep.

  • March 28, 2014 Sir Raymond
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    Loved this movie !!! Simple yet entertaining. One of the best I've seen this yr. Bruce Dern is just fantastic !!

  • March 10, 2014 stewfarm
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    Best movie I have seen in a long time. Reflected real people and real life. For anyone who has experience with the heartland of America, this film and its characters ring true. My only disappointment was with the soundtrack; it only occasionally added to the story. Mostly it was a detraction.

  • March 06, 2014 jlvickers2013
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    A sensitive, caring way to put a spotlight on common concerns of the elderly--sweepstakes scams, physical decline, dementia, loss of dependence, relationships with adult children. Beautiful movie!

  • March 03, 2014 Walter
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    This is the best movie I have seen in years. It changed my attitude toward my aging mother. The ending of this movie is Rolls Royce solid gold! To illustrate the regard I have for this film only two other movies I would say changed me as a person - Schindler's List and Forrest Gump.

  • March 01, 2014 bg00000000184150
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    A funny, sad and touching film. I loved it. All my friends that saw it agree.

  • February 18, 2014 joan`
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    Thoroughly enjoyed this story. Poigniant, humerous, completely involved to the very end. More suitable for us older folks. Tried to give 5 stars, but only 1 would show.

  • February 18, 2014 tbrezel
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    Dissapointing. Found film long and dragged out, occasional good one liners to keep the film flowing. Overall bland, forgetable film.

  • February 16, 2014 deesd5
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    have not seen it

  • February 09, 2014 pamsoldjunk
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    this movie is slow and boring the mother is the best thing in the movie


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