88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
DuVernay, a low-key director sparing in her use of emotion and music, has made an existential drama that is European in its feel.
Full Review
83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is a tough-minded story of change that happens in almost imperceptibly tiny increments - as true growth so often does in reality.
Full Review
75

Slant Magazine

In a cinema landscape where the representation of the black female experience is most visibly explored through the modes of outlandish comedy, unironic melodrama, or not at all, Ava DuVernay's take is a decidedly refreshing one.
Full Review
75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Sometimes, the quiet lyricism of DuVernay’s direction seems at odds with the grittiness of the subject matter, like poetry force-fed into prose.
Full Review
75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Middle of Nowhere isn't a highly charged drama, as you might have gathered. Most of the action takes place within the mind of a lonely woman. That's why Corinealdi is so effective in the lead.
Full Review
75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Nothing is easily resolved in this complex drama, which makes it all the more honestly moving. More than anything, this is a film about a woman on a journey of self-discovery, finding her way gingerly.
Full Review
70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A deceptively slight film that strikes the right balance between realist family drama and earnestness.
Full Review
63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Director Ava DuVernay, in showing Ruby's life in waiting, occasionally lets the pace slip into tedium.
Full Review
60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At heart, Middle of Nowhere offers material we've seen many times before. But between her perceptive direction and Corinealdi's layered performance, this modest, micro-budgeted story has been beautifully packaged.
Full Review
50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What makes Middle of Nowhere a break-even proposition, rather than something to avoid, is that it deals with an aspect of life and with characters rarely seen in movies.
Full Review
75 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.